In the brand-new cover story for Vogue Italia — titled “Just one day out of life,” naturally — it’s confirmed that Madonna, the Queen of Pop, will be releasing new music before the end of 2018. We don’t know much about this new Madonna album, though we do know it was inspired and is an ‘answer’ to the time she’s recently spent in Portugal.
Madonna, who turns 60 years old on Aug. 16, tells Vogue Italia, “Let’s clarify one thing, this interview for Vogue Italia — including the images that accompany it — is about my life in Lisbon, about the year in which I lived there. So it does not make much sense to talk about anything else, right?” (Note that it’s likely that quote went from English into Italian, then back into English.)
She reportedly spent a year in Portugal with four of her six children, and this new Madonna album is inspired by “the landscapes and sounds of Lisbon,” one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
As Vogue Italia says of the new Madonna album, “new musical pieces were born, which will be collected in an album that will be released by the end of the year.”
We also know that for this 14th studio album, which will see release 36 years after her debut single “Everybody” back in 1982, she’s rumored to be working with producer Mirwais, who also worked on her Music and American Life albums. Based on what Madonna herself has said on Instagram, she’s no longer interested in on-cohesive albums with multiple producers.
In February, after Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary posted an old MTV News clip and proclaimed her 1998 album Ray of Light as “one of the greatest albums of all time” (also the first record he worked on with her), she fired back in the Insta comments, “Remember when I made records with other artists from beginning to end and I was allowed to be a visionary and not have to go to songwriting camps where no one can sit still for more than 15 minutes…”
We can only guess this as-yet-untitled new Madonna album features one producer from beginning to end — or at least very few producers — and that Mirwais is one of the bigger names involved.
The August 2018 cover story contains photos taken by Mert & Marcus, with an interview by Xerxes Cook. Vogue Italia says it “wanted to celebrate the most successful musician of all time.”
(All quotes are translated from the Italian.)
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Photos courtesy Vogue Italia