We were going to put together a complete ‘What You Need to Know’ guide for Madonna’s upcoming fourteenth studio album release this fortnight, but have decided against it … at least for now. Whilst we are now being told not to expect the album until 2015, some believe Madge is going to ‘Beyoncé’ the record over the next month and surprise us with her latest collection of jams. But are we in line for another round of disappointment at the hands of a Madonna who is more interested in being the ‘Cool Mum’ we saw on Mean Girls rather than the groundbreaking pop star we last saw in 2005? Talk of a song titled ‘Illuminati’ allegedly has the following lyrics: “It’s not Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Lil’ Wayne, Oprah and Obama, the Pope or Rihanna, Queen Elizabeth or Kanye, Gaga, Prada, triangles or stacks of cash.” Er…
There’s also the grim-sounding ‘Two Steps Behind’, produced by Avicii, which sees Madge slate Lady Gaga for the upteenth time since they butted heads over two years ago with the release of Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. Some believe this isn’t going to be on the album, and with lyrics like “You’re a copycat/Where’s my royalty” – a good two years after everybody else has stopped talking about the Madonna/Gaga feud – we’re hoping these sources are correct and this song is given the ultimate in cutting room floor treatment.
Adding further insult to injury, there is another song titled ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna’, whilst the ridiculousness of it all slams into third gear with ‘Unapologetic Bitch’, which – begrudgingly – we think is going to be the actual name of this new album. According to sources, Madge has recorded over fifty songs for this record so there’s still a very strong chance many of these tracks won’t see the light of day. And as painful as the aformentioned song titles and lyrics may look, there seem to be hints of Classic Madonna Genius with other mentioned titles such as ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘Messiah’ and ‘Wash All Over Me’, all tipped to be Next Level Brilliance. We’re still excited, just a little apprehensive at this point.
ONE DIRECTION ANNOUNCE FOUR
One Direction have barely taken a breather from the release of their most recent long-player, Midnight Memories, to announce the November release of their fourth studio album, aptly titled Four. Taking to their official website: “We’re so excited to announce our fourth album, FOUR!” said the five-piece. “We’ve worked incredibly hard writing and recording it whilst we’ve been on the road and we couldn’t have done it without your support.”
The album is due for a worldwide release on November 17, with current, first single to be lifted from it, ‘Fireproof’, being available online now. The lads have proclaimed this to be their most personal album “to date”, with first single ‘Fireproof’ written by band members Liam and Louis alongside John Ryan, Jamie Scott and Julian Bunette, who also wrote their massive 2013 hit single, ‘Story of My Life’.
LADY GAGA AND TONY BENNETT ARE “CHEEK TO CHEEK”
We at Splinters have never been excited for the release of a JAZZ ALBUM before but there really is a first time for everything! The unveiling of Gaga and Bents’ Cheek to Cheek tomorrow across the country marks one of THE most anticipated releases of the year for us, and the promise of a second volume has us shaking with anticipation.
The album features such beloved hits as ‘I Can’t Give You Anything But Love’, ‘Anything Goes’, the iconic ‘Nature Boy’ (hearing Gaga sing this will melt your heart ) and even a JazzGa solo via her goosebump-inducing cover of Cher & Sonny Bono’s ‘Bang Bang’.
Tony spoke to French magazine La Presse in July about the project, sparking rumours that Gaga will be ditching the glamour of pop for something a little more old-school. “I do not understand why Gaga had to make contemporary music!” he said. “When she sings the great standards, she does it with such emotion. It will surprise people, the quality of her voice when making quality songs. We sing duets on the album, but also sing some songs separately. With Cheek to Cheek, I think she will become bigger than Elvis!”
The record is released nationwide tomorrow on CD, vinyl and digital, and you can expect a full comprehensive Splinters track-by-track review of it next issue.
By Adem Ali. For more music news and reviews follow @AdemWithAnE on Twitter!