Madonna’s Still Got It: New Album Title Drums Up Controversy From Anti-Drug Group

By Zachary Swickey

It appears pop queen Madonna still knows how to stir up some controversy! Her latest concerns the title she’s chosen for her newest album, M.D.N.A., which is one letter away from the club-goer’s drug of choice, MDMA (the stuff in ecstasy that makes you feel so, well, ecstatic). Anti-drug campaigners aren’t exactly thrilled with the album bearing a name so phonetically similar.

The singer was chatting with Graham Norton on his BBC1 show yesterday in a pre-recorded interview when she made the big reveal of the title to her 12th studio album, which is set to drop in late-March. Much to the chagrin of these upset campaigners, Madonna can easily claim innocence since the title can also be argued as a simple abbreviation of her name. (See what she did there?)

A spokesman for the curiously titled campaign group Cannabis Skunk Sense, Lucy Dawe, told The Sun that such an album title was an “ill-advised decision.”

Regardless of the controversy, Madonna will lead the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show on February 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Madge will be performing her newest single, “Gimme All Your Luvin,” reportedly with guest vocalists Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. in tow.

The rest of the set list for the 15-minute performance found its way online in December and does a decent job of spanning the diva’s lengthy career with “Ray of Light,” “Vogue,” “Music” and “Holiday.” Production assistance comes courtesy of Cirque Du Soleil and creative director/choreographer Jamie King, as well as multimedia artists from Moment Factory, which should all make for a wild, memorable performance from the Material Girl.