“Medellín” is the lead single off Madge’s forthcoming 14th studio album, Madame X. It’s the first track of five songs the 60-year-old pop icon plans to release before the LP drops June 14.
NPR says, “Medellín is a carefully dosed combination of…coolly narcotic dance-pop…and energetic reggaetón,” while Entertainment Weekly says the song is, “A breezy, summer-ready anthem…” Remezcla declares “2019 is the year of global pop,” and that Madonna and Maluma’s “Medellín” is, “a cha-cha-inspired, dembow-dipped pop odyssey about taking a trip to la Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera.”
Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, highlights on the album to be released in advance of coming out also include the anthemic song “I Rise,” the infectious Latin pop gem “Crave” featuring Swae Lee, the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo, and co-produced by Diplo, as well as the sonically innovative Mirwais produced “Dark Ballet.”
“Lisbon is where my record was born,” Madonna says. “I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”
The accompanying visual for “Medellín” is a cinematic masterpiece. Directed by Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó, the clip takes place in a surreal world where Madame X comes to life — bringing dance and the rebellious spirit of individuality into another dimension. Check it out below.
Madonna and the 25-year-old reggaeton sensation will perform “Medellín” live together for the first time at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1.
Madonna ft. Maluma ‘Medellín’ Music Video