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‘Medellín’ introduces Madame X, Madonna’s new global pop persona

‘Medellín’ introduces Madame X, Madonna’s new global pop persona
Madonna, seen at the 2014 Grammy Awards, will release her next album in June. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

After teasing to it earlier this week, Madonna on Wednesday released “Medellín,” a duet with Colombian star Maluma that’s the first track off her upcoming album, “Madame X.”

"Lisbon is where my record was born," Madonna said in a statement, which also announced the album’s June 14 release date. "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."

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She said she’s lived the last several years in the Portuguese capital city, and the new song illustrates the global influences said to be at play in the 15-track album.

Quavo, Swae Lee and Anitta are featured on the collection, along with a second song with Maluma. “Madame X” also promises lyrics sung in Spanish, English and Portuguese. Among other collaborators, Madonna enlisted longtime producer Mirwais, along with fellow producers Diplo and Mike Dean.

The “Medellín” music video will premiere April 24 on MTV, live from London at 1 p.m. Pacific time, with Madonna taking questions from fans in London and New York City. Maluma will join the event via satellite from Miami.

“Madame X,” available for pre-order now, comes in regular and deluxe versions, with the latter edition from Target including two bonus tracks. You can also get it on vinyl or cassette, in addition to CD and streaming.

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