Madonna made her surprise return to music on Friday night. At the stroke of midnight, the pop icon announced her 13th album Rebel Heart and dropped six tracks including “Unapologetic Bitch,” the Kanye West-produced “Illuminati,” and “Bitch I’m Madonna,” on which she reunites with Nicki Minaj.
Over the spastic Diplo production, the Material Girl shows who’s the boss, while Nicki unleashes a ferocious flow: “It’s that go hard or go home zone / Bitch, I’m Madonna, these hoes know.”
The two previously collaborated on Madge’s MDNA single “Give Me All Your Luvin'” and performed together at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.
Madonna decided to release the six tracks now in response to the unfinished leaks earlier in the week.
“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” she said. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
You can pre-order Rebel Heart now on iTunes and receive the six tracks. Additional music will be released on February 9, with the full album on March 10 featuring production from Kanye, Diplo, and Billboard.
Hear the queens go hard or go home.