After giving us “Like a Virgin” and “Like a Prayer,” Madonna’s new comeback single, “Medellín,” starts off sounding more “Like a Joke.”
“One two, one two, one two, cha-cha-cha,” Madge whispers, as if doing a mic check at the beginning of the track. But unfortunately, this is not a test, folks: Madonna’s first single since 2015’s “Rebel Heart” album, which she dropped on Wednesday, is a bafflingly bad cha-cha into Latin pop with Colombian reggaeton star Maluma.
It’s hard to imagine just what the Queen of Pop was thinking when she recorded this, which has to go down as one of the worst singles in a career filled with so many memorable ones. Having turned 60 last August, has she finally lost her touch?
It sure sounds like that could be the case on this painful preview of “Madame X,” her 14th studio album. After revealing the title of the LP — as well as cryptically teasing that Madame X is “a spy in the house of love” — on social media last weekend, Her Madgesty has just announced that the album will be released on June 14.