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Madonna - Billboard / November 15 2005

Madonna will not let a few cracked ribs and broken bones spoil her party. Weeks after falling from her horse on the grounds of her English estate, Madonna is in the mood to dance. Not surprisingly, she wants the world to know.

After the serious tone of her last album, 2003’s “American Life,” Madonna wanted this collection to be happy and buoyant. “It was like, honey, I want to dance,” she tells Billboard during a face-to-face interview in her New York hotel suite. “I wanted to lift myself and others up with this record.”

The new album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,’ is due Nov. 15 from Warner Bros. (one day earlier internationally). A special edition. which includes a picture book and bonus track, arrives in December.

“I wanted a record with no ballads: Madonna says,” wanted there to be no breaks, with one song segueing into the next — just like in a disco.”

The 12-tratk album was inspired by the many remixes her songs have received over the years. “Whenever I make records, I often like the remixes better than the original versions.” she says. “So, I thought, screw that. I’m going to start from that perspective.”

For her 10th studio album, Madonna collaborated primarily with producer Stuart Price, who was part of her touring band for the Re-Invention and Drowned World treks.

Together they took Madonna’s music back to the place where she first made her mark in the early ’80s: the clubs. But they did so in a way that while wickedly retro, pushes the beats and rhythms into the future.

“Our intention was to give a nod and a wink to people like Giorgio Moroder and the Bee Gees.” Madonna says. “Stuart and I didn’t want to remake the past, but make it into something new.”

The album was recorded in Price’s London flat. “I’d come by in the morning and Stuart would answer the door in his stocking feet — as he’d been up all night,” Madonna says with a smile. “I’d bring him a cup of coffee and say. ‘Stuart, your house is a mess, there’s no food in the cupboard.’ Then I’d call someone from my house to bring food over for him. And then we’d work all day.”

Pausing for a moment, she laughs and says, “Were very much die odd couple.”

Whatever the approach, Warner Bros. Records chairman/CEO Tom Whalley likes the fact that Madonna returned to her roots for the album. “It is a tribute to dancing and having fun, which is very needed right now,” he says.

Apparently. Lead single ‘Hung Up’ is off to an explosive start. The energetic, ABBA-sampling track first appeared in September. in a TV spot for Motorola’s iTunes compatible ROKR mobile phone. Created by BBDO New York, the ad features Madonna and other artists jammed into a phone booth.

On Oct. 17, the song made its worldwide premiere during a live, 10 minute radio Interview between Ryan Seacrest and Madonna. The interview was made available to stations around the world. Three days later, Madonna appeared on *Late Show With David Letterman.”

Then, with a major case of Saturday night fever, Madonna made surprise appearances Oct. 22 at two New York clubs: the Roxy and Luke & Leroy (for its weekly MisShapes party).

“Hung Up” also has been made available worldwide as a master ringtone with various mobile providers.

In this issue, “Hung Up” moves 38-29 on the Pop 100 Airplay chart and 30-21 on the Adult Top 40 chart.

Elsewhere, the track reaches the summit of the Hot Dance Airplay chart and climbs to No. 5 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. It resides at No. 21 and No. 17 on The Billboard Hot 100 and the Pop 100, respectively.