Madonna gives Detroit a shoutout in her new Latin, ASMR single, 'Medellín'

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Madonna as Madame X. - PHOTO BY STEVEN KLEIN
  • Photo by Steven Klein
  • Madonna as Madame X.

What do a Colombian drug cartel, ASMR, and the cha-cha-chá have in common? They are all fixtures in Madonna's latest single, which can mean only one thing — Madge is back on her bullshit.



The 60-year-old pop icon released the sultry, Latin-infused "Medellín," the first single from her forthcoming record Madame X, which marks her 14th record to date and her first since 2015's Rebel Heart.

The track, a collaboration with Colombian singer Maluma, appears to be optimized for steamy dancefloor hip-rolling — and it opens with an intoxicating ASMR-like delivery (an example of Madonna's subversive affection for staying current).



"I took a pill and had a dream/ I went back to my 17th year/ Allowed myself to be naive," she sings, before confessing that after a sip she woke up in the mountain town of Medellín.


The duet, which is mostly in Spanish, clocks in at just over five minutes, follows a laidback cat-and-mouse love affair, and uses a sensual whispered call-and-response.

After sipping her "pain like champagne" and dancing naked in the rain, Madonna drudges up and appropriates the nominal city's violent trafficking history (
"We built a cartel just for love/ Venus was hovering above us"), and Maluma suggests that the lovers pay a visit to the Motor City, if she wants to.

"We are in Colombia, there’s a party in every corner/ And if you want, we’ll go to Detroit (You know)/ If I know where you come from, then I know where to go."

Though Madonna has made it very clear many times that she is not from Detroit but rather Bay City and Rochester Hills, she recently pledged a matched donation to support a Detroit Prep charter school. But like she told US Weekly three years ago:
"I miss absolutely nothing about growing up in Michigan. Nothing at all."

Madame X is due out on June 14 and tour plans have not yet been announced. Madonna last performed in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena in 2015.

Listen to
"Medellín" below.


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