Madonna Prepares Brit Award Performance As ‘Rebel Heart’ Gets Four-Star Reviews

Madonna is having a great week. She is currently preparing for the Brit Awards Wednesday, where she is rumored to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award (different sources have conflicting information). Then, she will perform a medley of songs. The Guardian announced Madonna‘s performance earlier this month.

“Madonna will perform at 2015’s Brits on 25 February, 20 years since she last took to the stage at the award ceremony. The pop star will stoke anticipation for her forthcoming 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, to be released on 9 March. Announcing the news on Instagram, the singer posted an image of Tracey Emin’s Brit statuette with black wire across its face.”

Madonna must be in a great mood. Two early reviews of Rebel Heart in the U.K. have been very positive and have given the album, which has leaked several times, four-star reviews. Neil McCormick of the Telegraph says Rebel Heart is a return to form.

Rebel Heart pairs classic songwriting and contemporary adventure in Madonna’s least desperate album in years… She may be chasing the pop zeitgeist rather than setting it these days but at least Madonna sounds like she’s in the game again.”

Dan Wootton of the Sun believes Rebel Heart is Madonna’s best album in years.

“The Queen of Pop will reign again – Madonna is about to release her best album in 17 years and one of the greatest of her career. Not since Ray of Light in 1998 has Madge come up with such a perfect collection of pop belters, while managing to remain at the cutting edge of music trends. Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album, is deeply personal, exposing her darkest secrets, sexual desires and fears for the future. It’s provocative, sexy, emotionally raw and self-referential.”

After receiving her Lifetime Achievement award from the Brit Awards, Madonna will be announcing her upcoming world tour to promote Rebel Heart. MadonnaTribe, which always has accurate inside information about Madonna’s upcoming projects, recently talked about the Queen of Pop’s touring plans.

“And while here at MadonnaTribe we have just hints of what seem to be some changes in the live band, an exciting thing we heard is the new tour is being shaped up as an arena show. Yes, you here it first – after playing mostly stadium and big venues during her most recent live concerts Madonna is set to return to the more intimate settings of the arenas for her upcoming show!”

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