People in the know say the Queen has just completed work on her 13th studio album, which features a diverse roster of talented collaborators. Last month, the hairy-underarmed hitmaker announced on her Instagram that she was in the studio with Swedish superstar DJ Avicii. Earlier this month, she said she was teaming up with electro-pop star Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum, as well as Symbolyc One, Toby Gad, and MoZella (the songwriter responsible for Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball):
Now, it seems as though the album is complete.
In the very early hours Monday morning, Madonna’s long-time friends and collaborators, fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, posted a photo of the Queen to their Instagram page, along with the following message:
“In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!! Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT ???????? @madonna”
We can hardly contain our excitement. A new Madonna album — even a mediocre one like 2012’s MDNA, or 2008’s Hard Candy before that — is always cause for a celebration. (And before you have a panic attack in the comments section, MDNA was an okay album. We just don’t think it lived up to the high standards expected of pop royalty, that’s all. The album’s own producer, William Orbit, agrees… And, no, we’re not “Little Monsters” out to bring Madonna down. We’re just being honest.) Simply based on her collaborators alone, we have high hopes for Madge’s latest effort. We know she still has at least a few great hits left in her.
No word yet on the album’s title or release date, but we’re guessing it will be some time this summer. Of course, a new Madonna album means a new Madonna concert. So start saving your pennies, boys. Tickets to her last world tour were over $300 a pop. (Let’s just hope she leaves the gold grill at home.)