Today in Madonna History: April 20, 2018

On April 20 2018, Tim Bergling (Avicii) died. Avicii first worked with Madonna on a remix of Girl Gone Wild from the MDNA album. Avicii later worked with Madonna on the Rebel Heart album, producing the following tracks: Rebel Heart (title track), Devil Pray, Wash All Over Me, Messiah and HeartBreakCity.

Madonna tweeted her reaction to the news of Tim’s death:

So Sad……. So Tragic. God Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon.

 

Today in Madonna History: April 9, 2012

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On April 9 2012, Avicii released the Ultra Music Fest Remix of Girl Gone Wild.  The remix kept all of Madonna’s original vocals, but the Swedish hitmaker lent his signature electro sounds to the back beat of the UMF Mix version. While Madonna’s album version of Girl Gone Wild was danceable as is, the revamped Avicii version made the song into an all-out party, with intense synth and Eurodance beats added to the MDNA track.

Today in Madonna History: March 10, 2015

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On March 10 2015, Madonna’s thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart, was released in North America and select other countries. The album was released in Australia and Germany on March 6; in France, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK on March 9; and in Japan on March 11.

The standard edition of the album included the following tracks:

  1. Living for Love
  2. Devil Pray
  3. Ghosttown
  4. Unapologetic Bitch
  5. Illuminati
  6. Bitch I’m Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj)
  7. Hold Tight
  8. Joan of Arc
  9. Iconic (featuring Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson)
  10. HeartBreakCity
  11. Body Shop
  12. Holy Water
  13. Inside Out
  14. Wash All Over Me

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The deluxe edition included these additional tracks:

  1. Best Night
  2. Veni Vidi Vici (featuring Nas)
  3. S.E.X.
  4. Messiah
  5. Rebel Heart

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The super deluxe edition included the 19 tracks included in the standard and deluxe editions, but also included these tracks:

  1. Beautiful Scars
  2. Borrowed Time
  3. Addicted
  4. Graffiti Heart
  5. Living for Love (Paulo & Jackinsky Full Vocal Mix)
  6. Living for Love (Funk Generation & H3drush Dub)

Additional versions with exclusive bonus tracks were also released.

Today in Madonna History: January 21, 2015

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On January 21 2015, Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg released the following press release for Rebel Heart:

NEW YORKJan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Madonna’s 13th studio album Rebel Heart will be released March 10th on Interscope Records. Six of the album’s songs were released over the holiday following a leak of unfinished cuts from the Material Girl’s highly anticipated collection of new songs. Upon their release, several of those songs debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 49 countries. Two additional songs will be available with a preorder of the album on iTunes on February 9th. Fans that preordered Rebel Heart in December will have the two additional songs automatically delivered to them. To preorder Rebel Heart visit iTunes.com/Madonna.

Rebel Heart explores two very distinct sides of my personality, the rebellious renegade side of me and the romantic side of me” commented Madonna recently in Billboard. The new album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson and was recorded in NY, LA and London. Producers include Madonna, Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, Avicii, DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds, Ryan Tedder, Toby Gad, and Ariel Rechtshald.

Madonna who has received 8 Grammy Awards® will perform on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards® on Sunday, February 8th.

The six released cuts of Rebel Heart have already received critical acclaim:

“They won’t experience Madonna the celebrity or Madonna the fashion statement but the Madonna who has kept us listening for decades: Madonna the musician,” – Jon Pareles  NY Times

“It’s great to see the music icon back on top where she belongs. Everything out so far is genius.”  The Sun, UK

“The best tracks fit perfectly into her history of impeccably-produced pop,” Jim Farber, NY Daily News

Four remixes of the single Living for Love were serviced last week to to DJs and clubs and are currently available on Madonna’s Youtube channel.

The four new mixes include:

Offer Nissim Living for Drama Remix 7:15:

Dirty Pop Remix 4:58:

THRILL Remix 5:11:

Mike Rizzo’s Funk Generation Club 7:03:

Track List for Rebel Heart

01 – Living For Love
02 – Devil Pray
03 – Ghosttown
04 – Unapologetic Bitch
05 – Illuminati
06 – Bitch I’m Madonna (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
07 – Hold Tight
08 – Joan Of Arc
09 – Iconic (Feat. Chance The Rapper & Mike Tyson)
10 – HeartBreakCity
11 – Body Shop
12 – Holy Water
13 – Inside Out
14 – Wash All Over Me
15 – Best Night
16 – Veni Vidi Vici (Feat. Nas)
17 – S.E.X.
18 – Messiah
19 – Rebel Heart

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