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Hard Candy set to debut at #1 in US

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Madonna will leave Warner Bros., the only label she’s ever known, with a bang.

Her final studio album for the Bunny, Hard Candy, is on track to sell between 275-300k, which will handily end Mariah Carey’s two-week reign with E=MC2, according to one-day sale reports from those retailers still standing around this great country of ours.

The Material Gal has one more album, a greatest hits collection, to go before splitting for a long-term deal with concert promoter Live Nation. The album’s her first since 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor, which sold more than 8 million worldwide. In the U.S., it debuted at #1, selling 351k copies in its first week, taking the top spot from Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts. In its second week, Confessions on a Dance Floor sold 210k copies and slipped to #4 with a 39% sales decrease. To date, the album has sold over 1.7 million copies in the U.S.

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Madonna to make a Debut Appearance on BET’s 106 & Park

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For the first time in BET history, legendary music phenom Madonna will visit the network’s hit countdown show, 106 & PARK, on Friday, May 2 at 6:00 PM. Hosted by fan favorites Terrence and Rocsi, 106 is prepared to give Madonna a welcome celebration like never before. To predict her next evolution, Terrence and Rocsi will get Madonna to foresee the future. Rocsi will also do yoga positions that Madonna will comment on, and Terrence will do some dance moves for her to judge. Madonna will also introduce her new video 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

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Dining with Her Madgesty

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New Yorkers are typically not very impressed with celebrity sightings. But that was certainly not the case Thursday night at Morandi, Keith McNally’s latest establishment. While dining with a friend at the trendy Italian trattoria, the one and only Madonna graced us–and the entire restaurant–with her presence. Dressed in a slinky dark dress and sporting her signature wavy tresses, Madge was seated right next to us in the back alcove. Joined by a large entourage (sans Guy Ritchie) that included fifteen stylish friends and two bodyguards, the ultimate queen of reinvention appeared to be having a private celebration: She toasted, sipped wine, nibbled on tomatoes and mozzarella, and seemed generally unfazed by the chaotic fanfare surrounding her.

source : Editor’s Blog at W Magazine (Thanks to Catherine)

Madonna’s double whammy in UK

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Madonna is set for a chart double this week, with 4 Minutes and Hard Candy on top of the single and album charts.

Hard Candy is 13,000 sales ahead of Portishead for No 1 album, while 4 Minutes is leading Sam Sparro by 2,700 sales. Sparro’s self-titled debut is the other Top 10 album new entry.

Ellen dances to Madonna’s “Give It 2 Me”

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New Madonna.com and Hard Candy Mini Site

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Kim Wilde : ‘Madonna stole my crown’

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Former 1980s singer Kim Wilde has accused Madonna of stealing her musical crown as the Queen of Pop.
The Kids In America singer was at the height of her career when Madonna started to make musical waves – spelling the end of her reign as pop princess.
But despite the Material Girl’s negative effect on her career, Wilde still has a lot of respect for the star – even copying her healthy lifestyle to help her shape up.
She says, “I had the top of the charts two years before Madonna came on the scene and stole my thunder. I remember seeing her and thinking, ‘Here’s trouble!’
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get to me, but I never disliked her. And I look at her now and think she’s amazing.
“When I started doing yoga, I was inspired to look after my body. Now I love going for long walks, eating healthily and working out with a trainer.”

source : contactmusic

Hard Candy (Taiwan Edition)

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“Hard Candy” – The Washington Post Review

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It is not yet time to stick a fork in Madonna. The grande dame of pop isn’t done just yet.

Pop music is supposed to be a young person’s game, but Madonna, as she’s done so often throughout her quarter-century career, ignores the rules by sounding vital and relevant, even as she approaches her 50th birthday.

“They say that a good thing never lasts, and then it has to fall,” she sings on her new album, “Hard Candy.” “Those are the people that didn’t amount to much at all.”

The 11th studio set of her career — and her last for Warner Bros. Records, the longtime label that she’s leaving for a wide-ranging deal with concert promoter Live Nation — “Hard Candy” is a heady, frisky sugar rush of urban dance-pop come-ons in which Madge finally gets into the hip-hop groove.

“See which flavor you like/And I’ll have it for you,” she coos in album opener, “Candy Shop,” a hooky song driven by a twitchy, syncopated drum pattern. “Come on into my store/I’ve got candy galore.” Advertising herself as “your one-stop candy store,” she purrs: “Sticky and sweet/My sugar is raw.”

The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has succeeded for so long, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide since 1982, in large measure because she’s always had a knack for identifying interesting trends and adopting them as her own. (Well, that, along with self-promotional genius and sheer personality.)

Though lust is hardly a new addition to the “Sex” author’s repertoire, the sound on “Hard Candy” represents a welcome new twist for Madonna: It’s dance-pop pressed through a hip-hop filter with the help of several urban-music studio heavies — namely Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and Nate “Danja” Hills. (It’s another signature Madonna move, as she’s been collaborating with hot producers since the early days of her career, when she teamed with the likes of Jellybean Benitez and Niles Rodgers.)

Given hip-hop’s long-standing ubiquity, Madonna is arriving late to this particular party, suggesting that she might be slowing down in her advanced age. But even if she’s not starting any new trends in following the lead of Nelly Furtado, Gwen Stefani and such, Madge still manages to sound perfectly at home in the hip-hop world, where her sharp pop sensibilities — particularly her ability to craft killer hooks — are given a mostly fresh rhythmic framework.

If it’s not the boldest move of her career, it’s still a successful gambit from one of the great all-time shape-shifters.

It works best when Madonna isn’t trying to act like she’s down with the hip-hop kids, which just sounds weird. In “Heartbeat,” for instance, over a stuttering beat accented by a cowbell, we find Madonna quasi-rapping the line “see my booty get down” over and over as Pharrell eggs her on: “A little lower, baby.” Awk-ward!

More cowbell, less of Madonna’s booty raps, please. (She should leave that to the pros, as with Kanye West, who cameos on “Beat Goes On.”)

Much better is the album’s lead single, “4 Minutes,” which Madonna co-wrote with Timbaland, Hills and Justin Timberlake, who also makes a vocal cameo. It’s a busy, brassy song propelled by a detonative marching-band beat, and it’s one of the most thrilling things Madonna has done in this decade.

“Give It 2 Me” is also a highlight, a thumping, super-sexualized banger in which Madonna demands “it” over lurching synth stabs and a rump-shaking rhythm. “Don’t stop me now, don’t need to catch my breath/I can go on and on and on,” she sings convincingly. Maybe 50 is the new 25.

And, in fact, it’s easy to forget that Madonna is just months removed from the half-century mark and that Timberlake wasn’t yet 2 years old when her first single, “Everybody,” was released in 1982.

This is not the soundtrack to “The Cougar Den,” though, as Madonna wears her youthful sexuality well, managing to avoid sounding creepy during her multiple come-ons.

Pop music’s Everlasting Gobstopper, she keeps on ticking — and, um, licking — as time and trends march on.

DOWNLOAD THESE:”4 Minutes,” “Incredible,” “Give It 2 Me”

“Hard Candy” – The Advocate Review

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Is it wrong for a 49-year-old woman to sing about sex? Nah — especially if it’s Madonna doing the cooing. I mean, if you have to imagine a horny half-century-old lady, doesn’t she naturally come to mind?

The snake-charming beats of the Queen of Pop’s new album, Hard Candy, dissolve any nostalgia for eccentric turn-of-the-century Madge like an Alka-Seltzer plopped in a Sprite. Candy producers Timbaland, Nate “Danja” Hills, and especially Pharrell Williams, have crafted such catchy confections that it’s hard not to embrace the hour of general vapidity laid at your feet.

The opening track, “Candy Shop,” is like hot sex on Willy Wonka’s bed. Pharrell’s pulsating tribal beats and Madge’s teasing — “I got something so sweet…stick-stick-sticky and sweet” — make “Candy Shop” irresistible to everyone but nuns and those wearing hair shirts. She may be offering up her music rather than her body, but who knows?.

Already a radio hit, “4 Minutes” owes its status more to featured player Justin Timberlake than to the song’s star; but again, whatever. It’s fun as hell. The next track, “Give It 2 Me,” is an infectious Pharrell jam that will explode in Europe and gay clubs everywhere. On the surface it seems Madonna is saying, “Bang me,” but with lyrics like “They say that a good thing never lasts / And then it has to fall / Those are the people that did not amount to much at all… Give me the bass line / and I’ll shake it / Give me a record and I’ll break it.” But she’s actually saying, “Give me your best shot” — a message that blends well with the album’s pugilistic cover image.

There’s no deeper meaning in “Heartbeat,” which is enjoyable but blank; it invites comparison to Robyn’s superior, soulful “With Every Heartbeat.” Thankfully, Candy’s pièce de résistance is next, the moving and hum-inducing, “Miles Away.” It’s refreshing to hear Madonna tell a story again, especially a personal one like “Miles Away,” which describes a relationship made stronger by distance. It’s lamentable she’s abandoned softer, story-driven songs as of late since her voice sounds better than ever.

With its minimal beat and quiet melancholy — reminiscent of high-water mark “Don’t Tell Me” — “Miles” is Candy’s apex. There’s fun to be had in the album’s remainder, but filler is apparent: “Spanish Lesson,” “Dance 2 Night,” and the disco-fied wastes of time, “She’s Not Me” and “Beat Goes On” (complete with an even more useless Kanye West rap). Amidst the forgettable is “Incredible,” a grower of a song that goes unexpected places. While Madonna sings (nasally, for some reason) about desiring the idyllic early days of a love affair, hip-hop and house blend together like chocolate and peanut-butter. Nice job, Pharrell.

Candy’s sugar solidifies by album’s end: “Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You” is no hit, but it’s intriguing lyrics and easy-on-the-ears refrain are good enough to compensate for the fact that it sounds like a rip-off of “Cry Me a River” or “What Goes Around, Comes Around.” Candy closer “Voices” is weird and wonderful; it’s dark like American Life and sultry like “Justify My Love.” With this song Madonna delivers on what the album’s title promises: a treat that’s genuinely sour and sweet.

“Hard Candy” – USA Today Review

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Madonna’s new album, Hard Candy (* * * 1/2 out of four), reminds us of the power of a grown woman who knows what she wants and how to get it.

Sure, the singer enlisted support from leading hip-hop savants such as Pharrell Williams and Timbaland – as well as Timbaland’s regular client Justin Timberlake, who appears on the single 4 Minutes – for this groove-driven collection, a more fully realized, forward-thinking sequel to 2005’s Confessions on a Dance Floor. But there’s no doubt who’s in charge on numbers such as the breathless Give It 2 Me and the thumping, bittersweet Miles Away.

Sex is always lurking — but not just where you bump and grind it. It’s a form of self-expression and liberation, like dancing, which “makes me feel like the only one the light shines on” in the percolating Heartbeat. It’s a feeling that every woman aspires to in some way, but few get to experience on a regular basis.

With Hard Candy, Madonna at least lets us sample the sweet sound of success.

Madonna’s Digital Sales of ‘4 Minutes’ Single Pass One Million

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As digital sales of Madonna’s new single, “4 Minutes,” pass the one million mark, Madonna will be giving away free tickets to hundreds of lucky fans in celebration of this week’s release of her new CD “Hard Candy” (April 29) when she gives a historic up-close and personal performance at NY’s Roseland Ballroom (April 30), it was announced today by Warner Bros. Records.

“It’s my way of saying thank you to my fans,” said Madonna. As a result, Roseland will be filled up with the most devoted and die-hard Madonna fans who have been asked to wait in line beginning 6:00 am on the morning of April 30th at Roseland Ballroom (239 W 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Ave.). The tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

This historic event will include the debut performance of Madonna’s No. 1 single “4 Minutes” as well as several other songs from “Hard Candy” along with previous hits. The show, presented by Verizon, Vodafone and Control Room, is scheduled to be broadcast live on msn (music.msn.com) and will be available to Verizon and Vodafone customers around the world.

Madonna’s single “4 Minutes” has become the second single ever to have digital sales exceeding one million (Rhianna was first) units in five weeks. As of today, digital sales are l,004,482 units. “Hard Candy” is the follow up CD to Madonna’s “Confessions on A Dance Floor” which debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries and has sold more than 8 million copies.. The CD has already received Four Stars (****) in Rolling Stone, Blender and People Magazine. “It may be the best album of Madonna’s career,” raved Jim Farber in his Five Star (*****) review in NY’s Daily News. The album has been described as a brilliant up-tempo collection of 12 songs in which Madonna remains ensconced in dance club mode with an urban-hip-hop beat in creative collaboration with musical partners Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes and Nate “Danja” Hills.

source : marketwire

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