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Madonna - Madame X (2019) Published: June 14/19 Released: June 14/19 albumPop15 Tracks • 64 Minutes
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77%
    SELECTED LINE: There is more density and musical adventure than at almost any other point in her career. -The Guardian
    Madame X is the 14th studio album by Madonna, released by Boy Toy through Live Nation from Interscope on June 14, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Medellín4:58Madonna & Maluma
    2. Dark Ballet4:14
    3. God Control6:19
    4. Future3:53Madonna & Quavo
    5. Batuka4:57
    6. Killers Who Are Partying5:28
    7. Crave3:21Madonna & Swae Lee
    8. Crazy4:02
    9. Come Alive4:02
    10. Extreme Occident3:41
    11. Faz Gostoso (feat. Anitta)4:05
    12. Bitch I'm Loca (feat. Maluma)2:50
    13. I Don't Search I Find4:08
    14. Looking for Mercy4:50
    15. I Rise3:44
℗ 2019 Boy Toy, Inc., Exclusively licensed to Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Exclusively licensed to Interscope Records
Critic Reviews (64)

It is by no means a great album, but it's eclectic in tone and always committed to fulfilling each song's diverse ambitions.

60% 2 years ago

The Sydney Morning Herald The Sydney Morning Herald (TOP)

She flirts with disaster on a number of tracks.

60% 2 years ago

The Scotsman The Scotsman

The results end up sounding shallow and contrived.

2 years ago

The Quietus The Quietus

It’s one of the flat-out loopiest releases of her career.

2 years ago

Toronto Sun Toronto Sun

These days it is her refusal to stop making new music, not the music itself, that raises eyebrows.

2 years ago


Madonna still has a lot to say.

2 years ago

Vulture Vulture

What’s wholly unclear from the album Madame X is who Madonna is in 2019.

2 years ago

BuzzFeed News BuzzFeed News

She really draws it to her tip in every way and manner.

67% 2 years ago

Svenska Dagbladet Svenska Dagbladet

Eclectic sounds and a new persona.

2 years ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

Madonna can still do it, but she must want to.

60% 2 years ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

Madame X is an enormously varied album, which after intensive listening only gets more fascinating.

80% 2 years ago

de Volkskrant de Volkskrant

Spending two years in Lisbon soaking up their musical culture is the best thing that has happened to Madonna in this decade.

80% 2 years ago

jenesaispop (ES) jenesaispop (ES)

She’s still capable of a singular sort of provocative exuberance.

2 years ago

The Ringer The Ringer

The one-way intimacy of a rich friend who drags you with her to a boutique and makes you watch her try on clothes that will sit in the back of her closet for the few months before they’re donated.

48% 2 years ago


In many ways, Madame X is Madonna’s most personal album to date.

90% 2 years ago

Idolator Idolator

Madame X offers resonant emotional and musical connection.

2 years ago

UPROXX UPROXX

It goes down way too hard.

2 years ago

Washington Post Washington Post (TOP)

In any case, it consistently continues what made the artist so unique for over 35 years.

2 years ago

ZEIT ONLINE ZEIT ONLINE

The most miserable album of 2019.

2 years ago

minutenmusik (DE) minutenmusik (DE)

Madame X shows that Madonna’s creativity is still thriving.

2 years ago

A Bit of Pop Music A Bit of Pop Music

Overall, Madonna delivers on her new studio album, Madame X, which she manages to keep fresh and exciting.

90% 2 years ago

Digital Journal Digital Journal

Madame X occupies its own space.

2 years ago

City Pages City Pages

Without a potently-delivered message or memorable production, it’s more of an attempt at relevancy than a solid comeback.

2 years ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

"Madame X" is undoubtedly Madonna’s most interesting album in a very long time.

2 years ago


The bold collection of experimental pop, urges listeners to soak in every lyric and listen without distractions but the result is mediocre at best.

2 years ago

Thomas Bleach Thomas Bleach

Madame X is the rare album from a veteran artist that puts earlier records in a different light.

80% 2 years ago

AllMusic AllMusic

A new unscrupulous shopping in popular music's latest trends.

33% 2 years ago

Dagbladet (NO) Dagbladet (NO)

This is a solid and surprising album that is easily her strongest release in years and a welcome return to form.

2 years ago

Louder Than War Louder Than War

A regenerative fervour thrives on Madame X, traversing a gamut of disparate genres, stirring curiosity and wonder with rhapsodic intensity.

85% 2 years ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

The shape-shifting Queen of Pop has missed badly with “Madame X,” a needy, trying-too-hard mess of an album.

2 years ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

Appropriating a variety of cultures and influences to fatally clunky — and musically unappealing — effect.

2 years ago

Hollywood Reporter Hollywood Reporter (TOP)

This is a bold body of work that continues to push the envelope.

80% 2 years ago

Entertainment Focus Entertainment Focus

‘Madame X’ is bizarre and brilliant.

2 years ago


Madame X might just be one of the most exciting, baffling and bold albums of her career.

80% 2 years ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Madame X often struggles to maintain any kind of natural rhythm as ideas and styles pile up on each other and are seemingly shoe-horned in wherever there is space.

60% 2 years ago

godisinthetv godisinthetv

Madame X is the sound of Madonna really enjoying throwing herself into new surroundings and experiences, and fair play to her.

2 years ago

hmv hmv

"Madame X" is a bizarre work without net and double bottom.

60% 2 years ago

lautde lautde

Madonna is still very much a force to be reckoned with.

2 years ago

HuffPost (UK) HuffPost (UK)

Madonna’s most compelling album in years.

2 years ago


In Madame X, Madonna offers a blueprint for multigenerational, multicultural artistry that keeps her music and visual expression fresh and relevant.

2 years ago


For all its excursions into dancehall and fado, it's no advance on 2014's Rebel Heart: there's a sense of chasing trends. [Aug 2019, p.32]

50% 2 years ago

Uncut Uncut

A thoughtful body of work that explores new territory for her.

2 years ago

BreatheHeavy.com BreatheHeavy.com

Madame X is so admirably bizarre, all you can do is stand back and watch the girl go.

60% 2 years ago


Madame X" urges us to follow her along a fascinating third-world and polyglot journey.

2 years ago

Ondarock.it Ondarock.it

A bold disc, but not perfectly successful, at times bizarre, incoherent, chaotic.

60% 2 years ago

Rockol Rockol

Sounding more energized and adventurous than she has in years.

2 years ago


The best Madonna album in a long time.

2 years ago

Stereogum Stereogum

The problem on “Madame X” is that neither the post-trap grooves nor the winding melodies are sturdy enough to make any of this stuff stick in the way her old classics did.

2 years ago

Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times (TOP)

Madonna has delivered her most uncompromising musical statement yet with her 14th album, “Madame X.”

2 years ago


The queen of pop has become the queen of world pop.

67% 2 years ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

This is Madonna’s strongest material for years.

80% 2 years ago

i newspaper i newspaper

Madame X sounds like the work of an artist reawakened, and one who’s got something to say.

80% 2 years ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

Madame X is Madonna living her Latin American Life. Brilliant.

90% 2 years ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

Reggaetón meets classical piano and electropop on an eclectic, expansive 14th album.

60% 2 years ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

It’ll make you feel confusion, frustration, happiness and maybe joy, but it will definitely make you feel.

60% 2 years ago

Clash Music Clash Music

It is an intriguing, often brilliant, though occasionally awful record.

60% 2 years ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

Madame X is certainly a fluid album, but one tempered by Madonna’s solid confidence in her own aesthetic decisions.

80% 2 years ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

Standing up against technological, social and political distortion, it’s a big and ballsy production that’s so bizarre in places, you can’t help but be impressed.

60% 2 years ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

Some of her most daring music ever.

2 years ago


Bold, bizarre, self-referential and unlike anything Madonna has ever done before.

80% 2 years ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

This is Madonna on top of the world, looking down on creation, God complex at cruising attitude. [Summer 2019, p.110]

80% 2 years ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

Probably her boldest, certainly her strangest, album yet.

80% 2 years ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Madame X sounds like three different albums fighting for space.

60% 2 years ago

The Telegraph (UK) The Telegraph (UK) (TOP)

There is more density and musical adventure than at almost any other point in her career.

80% 2 years ago

User Reviews (5)

soslick72 years ago
Dreadful Did we really wait 4 years for this? Horrible song and awful choice for a first single. Madonna isn’t even the one doing the majority of the singing. Been a fan since day one and I can honestly say this may be her worst single to date.

Famer Girl2 years ago
Where is Madonna! Oh no! This has to be one of the most anticipated albums and the first song released is beyond disappointing! I know she is super rich so I guess you can put anything out there but It’s not good! Sorry, I am hearing better talent on American Idol. Definitely think she is NOT back and just bored.

Medellin If this album is going to be a success, it is going to have to be better then this first track. I want Madonna, not Menudo. Can somebody call Pat Leonard, William Orbit or Shep Pettibone to help Madonna sound more like an icon and less like a background singer.

Vulisesiii2 years ago
Great Happy to see a Colombian singer collaborated with Madonna on her new album Madame X. I do not care about Maluma as a reggueton singer cause I don’t like the genre. It’s not my type of music and lyrics on his songs are deplorable. Now, after listening carefully the new single Medellin I got say Maluma’s lyrics are not that bad and I’m pretty sure Madonna managed each aspect of it. She knew about the controversy already but she is used to it. There are too many songs with sexual innuendos, misogynistic lyrics sang by several artists/singers males or females now and in the past. So people, please chill out cause Madonna don’t care about your thoughts and she is here to MAKE MONEY and not to satisfy your musical taste and opinions. As a Colombian I’m proud to see another Colombian singer singing with the Queen of Pop. I wonder which another Colombian singer wants to sing with Madonna. A least Maluma got the balls to ask her about his desire to collaborate in her new album. She listened to his music and has a little talk with Mirwais. Plus, she have a great concept about Maluma now. Madonna said this: After the VMAs, Madonna started listening to Maluma's reggaetón music, and then they started working on music together. ”He's so great to work with. One of the most easygoing, open, warm, generous -- doesn't leave the studio until the work is done. Has great work ethic. I adore him. Nothing but great things to say about him,” Madonna added.

agumd2 years ago
Made me listen to reguetón and I am Puertorrican! Made me listen to reguetón and I am Puertorrican! Great song, different in both Spanish and English. Sexy, very suggestive lyrics, but not vulgar. Great beat, and the voice of Madonna along with Maluma blend very well. Excellent first single.
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