Madonna Rep Denies Ariel Pink Collaboration

While it's been reported that Madonna collaborated with hit-making producers like Diplo and Avicii on her upcoming 13th studio album, offbeat indie rocker Ariel Pink recently revealed that he too was recruited to work on the Material Girl's next LP. Unfortunately for Pink, he also shared his opinion on why Madonna wanted to work with him, and that's when the unlikely partnership ended.

"They need something edgy. They need songwriting," Pink told Faster Louder (via Pitchfork). "She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she's 20 years old. They actually need songs. I'm partly responsible for that return-to-values thing."
Pink didn't stop there. "I guess it's called 'throwback,' but the first record was so good because of the songs," he added. "It's been a downward slide [since]. Ray of Light is not cool. And all the other stuff she's done after that, it’s not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values. People need more substance in their mac-and-cheese. People need more sugar or something."

Those comments enough would warrant Pink being eliminated from Madonna's upcoming album… only he may not have been involved with the project to begin with. In a tweet to a fan calling for Pink's dismissal, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary wrote, "[Madonna] and I have never heard of [Pink]. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with mermaids." Oseary is likely referencing Ariel, the main character in Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Also coming to the aid of Madonna was Grimes, who tweeted "Ariel Pink's delusional misogyny is emblematic of the kind of bullshit [every] woman in this industry faces daily." Surprisingly, the Black Lips soon entered the fray in defense of Pink. In response to Grimes' tweet, the band wrote "how was that mysogonitic [sic]? He just said he didn't like much of her music after the first album?" (The Black Lips, after all, are no strangers to fighting against misogyny.) Grimes also added, "Also, Ray of Light is a masterpiece," to which Pink replied, "I prefer 'Live to Tell.' Also immaculate <3 nbsp="" p="">Pink's Twitter is now littered with retweets either in support of or slamming the "True Blue" singer, but in the face of his new infamy, it appears as though he won't be on the new Madonna album. "I haven't heard from Madge in the past 24hrs. Was it something I said? #thankyou #bigmouth #nexttime," he tweeted Tuesday morning.

As for Madonna's new album, Rolling Stone spoke to Oseary recently and the manager revealed that the singer is hard at work on the follow-up to MDNA, but it's still unclear whether the album will arrive later this year or 2015. Oseary also confirmed that Madonna was working in the studio with Diplo, as teased on her Instagram account. "She loves Instagram. She’s so happy she doesn’t have to go through management to talk to her fans," Oseary tells Rolling Stone. "I can see exactly what she's up to, which is great. But, in her mind, she's really happy that she can do whatever she wants, and I can’t even have an opinion on it because it’s already out by the time it's done."

[Remix of the Week] Get Over (Nick Scotti ft Madonna)

Ok, not exactly a remix, but it sure is worth listening: While attending photographer Herb Ritt's birthday party in Los Angeles, Madonna had an encounter with Nick Scotti, a young singer/actor/model. They seemed to get along pretty well and ended up doing a song together. Madonna and Steve Bray wrote it, Nick did the vocals with Madonna in backup.
'Get Over' was featured in the 1991 movie Nothing But Trouble (with Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase and Demi Moore). Although the movie is best forgotten, the song landed Scotti a recording contract with Warner/Reprise. In 1993 he released his first album 'Wake Up Everybody'. The album contained 10 songs, with 'Get Over' topping the list.
When asked if he just got his break in the recording industry because he was Madonna's boy-toy, Nick replied: "Whether or not I've shared intimacy with Madonna, she wouldn't have worked with me if she felt like I'd be an embarrassment. I'm really proud that I worked with her. But I wasn't Madonna's protege."

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The Madonna 2015 calendar now available

Seems like Madonna is getting the best out of her Instagram account: she just announced her 2015 calendar, using what appears to be an outtake from the L'Uomo Vogue session with Tom Munro.

"Poppin Bottles......See for yourself in my new calendar on! Pre order now! #bitchimmadonna"

[Remix of the Week] Hung Up (Diplo Remix)

PHOTOS: Madonna at NYFW after party

Skrillex, Madonna and Diplo attend Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer Fashion Week After Party at Space Ibiza on September 10, 2014 in New York City.


[Remix of the Week] The Beat Is So Crazy (Eve ft Madonna)

This is something you haven't heard before: the track, produced by Pharrell Williams, is titled The Beat Is So Crazy and was originally intended for the Queen of Pop’s 2008 album Hard Candy and it leaked last month. However, when the track didn’t make the final cut, Eve picked it up for an album she was working on that was later scrapped – which is why the track has remained locked up in the vaults until now.

Madonna to collaborate with Alicia Keys on new album

Madonna is working with Alicia Keys on her new album.

The Queen of Pop posted multiple photos on Instagram of her latest studio session with producer Diplo, and tagged Keys in the pictures.

The collaboration comes just a few months after Keys signed with Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary, who also manages U2.

Madonna also posted about working on her new project, writing: “Making records is not how it used to be! #stillwerking”

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Diplo trying to bounce on the session tonight! #wtf

New photos from the studio

Madonna shared some new experiences from the recording studio on her Instagram profile.

Waiting for Diplo to hurry up!!!!! #nopatience #llivingforlafinishedrecord ����
These Ho's ain't loyal! #unapologeticbitch
Studio Manicure by Ninja! #unapologeticdj
Diplo werking'!#wakeup

Madonna collaborating with.. Siri?

Will Madonna premiere her first single at the iPhone 6 launch event?
Rumors are circulating that the singer's alleged new single—titled either 'Unapologetic Bitch' or 'Bitch, I'm Madonna'—samples Siri's voice. Siri is an artificial intelligence assistant found on Apple iPhone and iPad devices.

The speculation was increased further when someone noticed that saying 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Siri swiftly loads Madonna's Wikipedia page, seemingly creating a link between the service and the superstar.

Searching Wikipedia online, 'Unapologetic Bitch' isn't mentioned on Madonna's main page, making the Siri search result even more curious.

What's more, while simply typing 'Unapologetic Bitch' into Google or Bing does bring up results relating to Madonna, the star's main Wikipedia page isn't even within the first 30 search results.

It wouldn't be the first time the Cupertino-based company has teamed up with a female superstar. iTunes exclusively launched Beyoncé's self-titled album last December, after she surprised fans with a stealth release on the store.

We reached out to Siri for confirmation of a possible Madonna collaboration, but they declined to comment.

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5 things we know about Diplo's collaboration with Madonna

Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out "four or five" songs for Usher's next album in a week's time, work on new tunes with both Ty Dolla $ign and Lorde and gather 30 new tracks for Major Lazer's upcoming release without breaking a sweat? In his new Billboard cover story (out Aug. 22), the star DJ sheds some light on much-anticipated music he's working on as well as collaborating with Her Madgesty herself. Here are five details we learned about Diplo's high-power collaboration with Madonna on her follow-up to 2012's MDNA:

1. Diplo has joined Madonna for three studio sessions so far, and the alcohol was flowing on one night: They connected in New York and he's clearly excited about how the recording went. "One [song] is super weird," Diplo says. "Late one night in the studio we got a little bit drunk and she improvised a little hook and we made a song out of it. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough if she can manage to get everything together and get it out properly."

2. What does Madonna drink when she gets drunk in the studio? Rosé. "It was nice," says Diplo. "I don't think she really drinks, either."

3. Ariel Rechtshaid and MNEK are also involved. Rechtshaid, who has collaborated with Vampire Weekend and Sky Ferreira, and MNEK, the London songwriter who worked on Disclosure's album, have gone into the studio to work out the verses of a song that Madonna has taken a shine to. Rechtshaid has joined Diplo and Madonna for their studio sessions.

4. Madonna invited Diplo to her Oscar party… but he couldn't make it. Still, the pair began texting, and Diplo sent Madonna over some music. Madge took the production more seriously than Diplo could have imagined. "She wrote me back like a 20-page text, notes about all these songs," he says -- and a collaboration was underway.

5. One of the in-the-works Madonna tracks has unwittingly evolved into a big pop record. "That song is on like version 20," Diplo says of the as-yet-untitled track. "It went from a piano ballad to a 'Turn Down for What'-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle."

For a larger peek inside the wild world of Diplo -- from the dollar-sign details of his empire to his Katy Perry connection -- read Billboard's full cover story out Friday, Aug. 22.