Madonna Kicks Off ‘Madame X’ Era With Maluma On ‘Medellín’!

One, two, cha-cha-cha… Madonna‘s back!

It’s been a long time coming, to say the least: Four years after her last original studio album (2015‘s Rebel Heart), the pop icon has at long last unveiled the first taste of new music from her forthcoming record Madame X (due out June 14): “Medellín” featuring Colombian reggaeton dreamboat Maluma!

First things first: What a Medellín? It’s the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province (I took that from Google), and, most notably in this case, the birthplace of the self-proclaimed Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy himself.

Produced alongside her frequent collaborator Mirwais Ahmadzaï – the man behind Music, American Life and ‘Future Lovers” from Confessions on a Dance Floor – “Medellín instantly feels like a “now” type song in the sense that it’s very 2019: much like the sound that’s dominated much of pop radio for a while, there’s a warm island breeze permeating throughout the chilled-out production. And with Maluma on board, Madame X (smartly) taps into the unstoppable rise of Latin-pop, from 2017’s inescapable Luis Fonsi smash “Despacito” to the successful crossovers of J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Ven conmigo, let’s take a trip/ Si te llevo pa’ un lugar lejano/ Ven conmigo, I’ll be so good for you/ Te enamoro, te enamoro, mami (Ay-ay-ay)…,” the duo chant across the sun-kissed pulsations on the chorus.

Let’s not get it twisted, though: this isn’t a desperate attempt at trend-hopping moment. It’s very much a Madge song, she’s dived into Latin-pop territory before folks (see “La Isla Bonita“).

It’s not life-changing by any means, but without a doubt an intriguing and solid introduction to the new Madame X era. Some of you might be a little let down by the lack of energy in her first offering in years, but one thing’s for certain: Madonna is still firmly in control, and she’s decided to keep things cool, calm and feel-good with this comeback.

35 years into her career, she has nothing to prove. I’m into it Mom!

Madonna’s new single “Medellín” with Maluma is available on Apple Music and Spotify now!

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