Madonna Collaboration With Pharrell Among 14 More Leaked Songs
As Gossip Cop reported, more than a dozen demos circulated across the Internet last week, prompting Madonna to declare the leak “artistic rape” and “a form of terrorism.” The singer claimed the music was “unfinished,” with half of it not even slated to be on her new album, Rebel Heart, and the other half wildly different in their finished form. “Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?” she asked.
Madonna followed up by then surprisingly releasing six finished Rebel Heart tracks on Saturday, including the single “Living For Love,” which had originally been slated for a Valentine’s Day premiere in advance of the album dropping in the spring. After putting the songs up for sale on iTunes and other digital platforms, she explained, “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
It was then said that Madonna would be releasing more music in February, with the album date pushed up to March. That is, until Christmas Eve, when another dozen-plus tracks surfaced online. The songs, all of which surfaced with titles, reportedly include a collaboration with Pharrell called “Back That Up (Do It).” Neither star has directly commented on the new leak, though Madonna posted on Instagram Wednesday night, “Santa cAme early this year! good things come to those who wait! ♥ #rebelheart.”
In a Billboard interview conducted in the wake of the first leak and then the songs’ official release last week, Madonna explained what’s been going on behind-the-scenes. “I’m not happy that unreleased demos are out there in the world for people to hear, listen, judge, etcetera, etcetera. Once that happened we went into overdrive. A) Trying to figure out where the leaks were coming from, and then B) Trying to combat that with putting out finished music that people could focus on versus demos that were never meant for anyone to hear,” she said.
The singer further likened the crisis to the controversial Sony hacking. “I said, ‘Sh*t, this is the age that we’re living in.’ It’s crazy. I mean, look at what’s going on with Sony Pictures. It’s just the age that we’re living in,” she told Billboard. “It’s crazy times. The Internet is as constructive and helpful in bringing to people together as it is in doing dangerous things and hurting people. It’s a double-edged sword.”
Madonna continued, “It’s thrown us all into overdrive. We’re having to think outside the box. Think on our feet. I didn’t plan to put my record out this way. I wanted to… plan everything in advance. Release the single, shoot a video, start talking about my record. And you know, prepare for the release of the entire album and have everything set up just so. I mean, that’s the kind of person I am. I think that’s the best way to do it. But we sort of were left with no choice.” Now it’s unclear if Madonna’s plans will have to change yet again.