THERE was a four-year gap between her last two albums but Madonna’s fans may not have to wait as long for new music next time.
I can reveal she has collaborated on a track with her boyfriend, backing dancer Ahlamalik Williams, who is an aspiring rapper.
The hip-hop song sees the Queen of Pop sing in French, borrowing lyrics from Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose — a song she has covered several times before.
In the chorus she repeats: “Je voie la vie en rose”, which translates as “I see life through rose-tinted glasses.”
And I can see why that would be relevant, after the few months they have had together.
Ahlamalik was Madonna’s rock during her Madame X tour, during which she suffered crippling hip and knee injuries which she is still recovering from.
Some shows were also cancelled due to production problems and the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Ahlamalik, who had danced with her in the show, played a snippet of the track during an Instagram Live broadcast on Thursday evening, although Madonna was not there when he teased fans with the clip.
It is her first music since the release of her 14th studio album, Madame X, last June.
Earlier today the star released a baffling video in which she danced around her home singing into a hair brush, while crooning about eating fried fish in isolation.
The couple went public with their romance in December but were believed to have been dating in secret for the previous 12 months.
Their 36-year age gap may have shocked some but if Madonna, 61, and her fella are happy, they should go for it.
Duffy's got Something Beautiful for everyone
Duffy marked her return to music on Thursday night with a surprise premiere of her new song, Something Beautiful, on BBC Radio 2.
The Welsh pop star, left, shared the track with host Jo Whiley, who also read out an emotional email from the singer.
It came just weeks after Duffy told her fans she had endured an horrific ordeal in which she was kidnapped and raped.
Reading live on air the email she had received from Duffy, Jo told her listeners: “Earlier on, I received an email into the show and we’ve just been checking the situation.
“It’s Duffy, who I haven’t seen in a very long time. The email goes as follows, ‘You may have read the words I wrote a few weeks back. I feel freer. I wanted to follow it up with a spoken interview but it’s harder than I thought.
“‘I’ll follow up in writing soon. Here’s a song for you, it’s called Something Beautiful.’”
In her email, Duffy, who last released music in 2015, also said she wanted Jo to play the song to cheer up her listeners.
She wrote: “It’s just something for you to play people on the radio during these troubling times, if you like the song of course, if it lifts spirits. I don’t plan to release it.
“I just thought a little something might be nice for people if they’re at home, if they’re on lockdown. Loads of love to you.
“Please feel free to share it on the radio, to anyone who might like to listen.”
After enjoying it on repeat, I have to say Something Beautiful is just that.
Welcome back, Duffy. We really have missed you.
Lottie is going flat out
Kate Moss’s little sister gave her fans a Lott to like with this sexy snap.
Model Lottie posed in a corset and velvet trousers on the balcony of her swanky London flat as she celebrated the first day of spring yesterday.
She shared the snap with her 250,000 Instagram followers and told them she was feeling “super happy” as she hung out with her ex-Made In Chelsea star pal Jess Woodley.
ANNE-MARIE’s latest hobby is not one you would usually associate with a pop star.
She told Hits Radio: “I’ve started to grow my own veg. I done it as a general love for growing food but I feel like it’s working out now.”
Perfect timing, too!
A dark Weeknd
For a man who is media-shy, The Weeknd is very open on his new album.
He released After Hours yesterday, on which he talks about his split from model Bella Hadid last year and his mental health battles, suggesting it drove him to an overdose.
In Save Your Tears, the singer refers to Selena Gomez breaking his heart when they romanced in 2017 and him then doing the same to Bella, who he dated before and after that.
He sings: “I broke your heart like someone did to mine. And now you won’t love me for a second time.”
And in opening track Alone Again, he refers to almost dying.
The lyrics say: “Check my pulse for a second time, I took too much, I don’t wanna die.”
It must be one of the darkest albums of 2020, but also one of the best.
US rapper Saint Jhn has toppled The Weeknd from No1 after five weeks.
Roses has climbed to the top despite first being released in 2016.
Joel Corry’s Lonely is now the highest-charting tune of his career. It is up to No5.
Niall's nailed the No1
Congratulations to Niall Horan, who has scored his first UK No1 album as a solo artist.
His second record Heartbreak Weather saw off competition from The Shires and Lewis Capaldi yesterday, with just 2,300 copies separating the top three.
Niall said: “I’m going to be celebrating tonight. Ryan Reynolds sent me some of his lovely Aviation Gin so we could be on for a few G&Ts at home tonight.”
Official Singles Chart
- Roses – Saint Jhn
- Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
- Rain – Aitch & AJ Tracey feat Tay Keith
- The Box – Roddy Ricch
- Lonely – Joel Corry
- Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
- Physical – Dua Lipa
- Say So – Doja Cat
- Godzilla – Eminem feat. Juice Wrld
- Intentions – Justin Bieber feat Quavo
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