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Madonna’s New ‘Day’ Heating Up Radio

Although it wasn’t intended to debut on U.S. radio until next week, a leaked copy of Madonna’s “Die Another Day,” the theme song to the forthcoming James Bond movie of the same name, is already getting heavy airplay on stations around the country. An accompanying video clip will premiere Oct. 10 on MTV’s “Making the Video” series; a commercial CD single, featuring remixes by such acts as Thunderpuss and Felix Da Housecat, is due Oct. 22.

The new track is all over the airwaves in major markets, having been spun more than 100 times in less than a week by two Miami stations alone. It is expected to debut next week on the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of airplay. Madonna has a cameo as a fencing instructor in “Die Another Day,” a soundtrack for which is due Nov. 12 via Warner Bros.

Meanwhile, Madonna told “Today” host Matt Lauer that she has almost finished up her next Maverick album, which is expected some time next year. The artist is promoting her upcoming film “Swept Away,” which she described as “an angry love story.” As previously reported, “Swept Away” was directed by Madonna’s husband, Guy Ritchie (“Snatch”).


Madonna Escapes Electric Chair, Engages In Deadly Duel

Madonna is moving into the field of covert operations.

In her new video for “Die Another Day,” the pop diva, lusty temptress and maternal nurturer becomes involved in a world of intrigue and espionage.

The song is the title track for the next James Bond movie, which opens in theaters November 22. The upbeat dance cut is filled with electronic flourishes and the stealthy, suspenseful vibe essential to all Bond themes. It will be released to radio October 7.

In the clip, which was shot in Los Angeles earlier this month by directing team Traktor, Madonna plays a secret agent placed in death-defying situations reminiscent of scenes from past 007 films. In once clip, she’s strapped into an electric chair; in another, she has her head held underwater by double agents; and a third features the nephew of Harold Sakata – the Oddjob character from “Goldfinger” – flinging deadly bowler hats at Madonna as his uncle did to Sean Connery back in 1964.

In one highlight, a “good” Madonna dressed in white engages in a duel with her evil alter ego, who wears black. The scene makes reference to Madonna’s cameo role in the movie as a fencing instructor.

The soundtrack for “Die Another Day,” which features Paul Oakenfold and others, will be released November 12.


Press release: Madonna to Compose, Perform Next Bond Theme

Fri Mar 15, 4:04 PM ET LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After scoring a Grammy-winning hit with her theme song to the last “Austin Powers” movie, pop diva Madonna is ready to sing for a real spy.

The Material Girl has been tapped to compose and perform the title song for the next James Bond film, “Die Another Day,” becoming the latest ina string of music stars who have recorded 007 themes over the years, producers announced on Friday.

“Die Another Day,” the 20th Bond film, will star Pierce Brosnan in his fourth incarnation as the suave British super spy and actress Halle Berry as the agent’s latest squeeze.

Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Inc. is due to release the film in November in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the venerable film franchise spawned by the novels of Ian Fleming.

Madonna, set to star this spring in a new London stage play, “Up for Grabs,” follows in the footsteps of numerous recording stars who have lent their talents to James Bond soundtracks over the years.

Notable hit Bond themes have included “We Have All the Time in the World” (from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”) sung by Louis Armstrong, “Live and Let Die,” performed by Paul McCartney and Wings,” “Nobody Does It Better” (“The Spy Who Loved Me”) sung by Carly Simon, and “For Your Eyes Only,” sung by Sheena Easton.

Madonna, 43, has written and recorded a number of movie songs during her career, including the hit “Beautiful Stranger” from espionage spoof “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” which won a Grammy Award for best song written for a motion picture, and a Golden Globe nomination.

The Bond film is due to be released on Nov 22nd.

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