On December 20, Madonna dropped six unreleased tracks as part of her Rebel Heart promotion after having demos leaked from the upcoming March, 2015 album. Madonna told Rolling Stone that many of those songs were unfinished demos, but it prompted her to pre-release the six tracks that were the most finished on December 20.
Madonna goes on to talk about the six tracks that include “Ghost Town,” “Living for Love,” and “Devil Pray” are mainly produced by Diplo. Rolling Stone also interviewed Diplo about the Rebel Heart and he said that for this album Madonna was “up for anything” and that they were “pushing the envelope.”
About the six tracks, Madonna explained on her website her plans for the new songs.
“I was hoping to release my new single “Living for Love” on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
Since the Christmas gifts have been delivered to fans, Madonna reviews have been making their way into social media. Within 48 hours of her six track pre-releases, Madonna’s fan page Facebook statuses have been liked over 30,000 times with thousands of shares. In a unique demonstration to show their thanks for the pre-releases, fans have also started a Twitter #RebelHeart satire photo trend based on Madonna’s new album cover. One unique fan has turned Madonna’s Rebel Heart cover into a cake art video.
One of the pre-released six tracks that has been focused on in the media is the song “Illuminati.” She told Rolling Stone all about it.
“People are always using the word Illuminati but they’re always referencing it in an incorrect way. People often accuse me of being a member of the Illuminati and I think in today’s pop culture the Illuminati is perceived as a group of powerful, successful people who are working behind the scenes to control the universe. Not people with consciousness, not people who are enlightened. So people were accusing me of being a member of the Illuminati, and I kept going, wait – so first I had to figure out what that meant.”
Madonna is expected to be in the news after the first of the year in relationship to the Grammy Awards. A Billboard Magazine article stated that Madonna is a possible performer at the Grammy Awards, but no further details have been officially confirmed. When speaking with Billboard, the interviewer says, “You mention the Grammy Awards… I’m already picturing you on the Grammy Awards performing ‘Living For Love’ with various guests … I’m picturing how that would be wonderful performed on the Grammy Awards, perhaps.”
Madonna responds to this by saying that, “Yes, that would be wonderful. That’s possibly something that’s gonna happen.” However, Madonna concluded the Billboard Magazine interview by saying she could not, “spill all the beans right now,” in regards to the Grammy Awards in January.
The Associated Press states that new music from Rebel Heart will be released by Madonna on February 9, 2015 with the final complete album released sometime in March, 2015. The current pre-released tracks and pre-ordering of the upcoming album are available at iTunes.