Monday, May 20, 2024

Exclusive: Madonna New Album Headed to Universal


Madonna‘s next album will not be back on Warner Music. That ship has sailed. I am told by a Warner source that the understanding now is Madonna’s new album will come out under the Universal Music Group umbrella. Madonna plans to debut at least one new track from the as yet unnamed collection at the Super Bowl in early February. She’s been working with several producers including William Orbit and Martin Solveig, the guy behind the insufferably cute dance hit, “Hello.” UMG is the likely place for the album anyway. Madonna left Warners two years ago. She made a deal with Live Nation that included CDs. But like U2, Madonna must still find someone who can actually release the album and distribute it. EMI, teetering on the brink, is out of the question. And it’s unlikely Sony has the money or patience to deal with her. Madonna’s Universal deal sounds like a Jimmy Iovine special, one that includes the Material Girl debuting more tracks on “American Idol.” Madonna’s last album of new material, “Hard Candy” was released on April 25, 2008. She left WMG for a $120 million deal with Live Nation in October 2007.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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