An album’s worth of unreleased Madonna tracks are circulating, but the Material Girl has denied that they constitute her new album. The pop luminary is planning a 2015 release for her next full-length, a rep recently told Billboard, but she hadn’t so much as announced an album title or a release date when a purported Madonna album titled either Unapologetic Bitch or Iconic started making the rounds online. On Instagram, the singer dismissed the 13-track set as “unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world.”
Madonna’s new album, her first since 2012′s bet-hedging chart-topper MDNA, is expected on Interscope. She has reportedly worked on the record with Diplo, Ariel Rechtshaid and Avicii, along with Toby Gad, MoZella, S1, Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum. While Ariel Pink recently claimed he was working on the new Madonna album, her manager, Guy Oseary, said she had never heard of him.
One of the leaked tracks, “Bitch I’m Madonna,” veers between a dubsteppy lurch and hyperactive, PC Music-like bubbleyum, as you might expect from Diplo. The song contains the lyric “we go hard or we go home,” which Madonna posted on Instagram a few months ago along with a photo of herself and Nicki Minaj, though Minaj doesn’t appear here. (Diplo recently told In the Mix, “I did a record that was literally Sophie and Madonna and Nicki Minaj, which would explain the PC Music feel.) On “Illuminati,” a clattering dance-pop track that gives way to a drum-less strummy sections, Madonna can be heard name-checking the likes Jay Z, Beyoncé, Oprah, President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth and Kanye West — and those names are just for starters.
Two of the tracks, “Rebel Heart” and “Wash All Over Me,” previously emerged. Madonna used the hashtag “#RebelHeart” on a photo of herself and Avicii.
Scroll down to see the tracklist for the leak, via Billboard, and you can hear “Bitch I’m Madonna” below, though be warned, Madonna wrote on Instagram, “Thank you for not listening!”
1. Unapologetic Bitch
2. Bitch I’m Madonna
3. Addicted (The One That Got Away)
4. Borrowed Time
5. Heartbreak City
7. Joan Of Arc
8. Living 4 Love (Carry On)
9. Make The Devil Pray
11. Rebel Heart
13. Wash All Over Me