Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: WMG
Madonna has announced a new deal and retrospective campaign with Warner Music Group to celebrate 40 years in the music industry next year.
The star will 'personally curate expansive deluxe editions for many of her landmark albums' and introduce special events as part of the new agreement, according to a spokesperson.
Madge, who turns 63 today, released her first single 'Everybody' in 1982.
We're praying - praying! - for previously unreleased Ray of Light tracks!
"I am delighted to be embarking on this next chapter"
Said Madonna: "Since the very beginning, Warner Music Group has helped bring my music and vision to all my fans around the world with the utmost care and consideration. They have been amazing partners, and I am delighted to be embarking on this next chapter with them to celebrate my catalogue from the last 40 years.”
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The pop icon's manager Guy Oseary said: “Over the past 30 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and spend time with many of Madonna’s incredible fans, and this new partnership will bring to fruition what so many of them have been patiently waiting for: a celebration of her groundbreaking catalogue. My partner Sara Zambreno and I are working closely with Warner Music Group to bring new life to these iconic works.”
The spokesperson added that the 'career-spanning global partnership [...] marks the revitalization of a decades-long relationship with Warner that began with the release of Madonna’s debut single in 1982.
'The deal encompasses her entire Sire/Maverick/Warner catalog, including global smash albums such as Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, and Ray of Light. It also includes her three most recent studio albums, MDNA, Rebel Heart, and Madame X, which will join the Warner catalog beginning in 2025. All in all, the new pact includes 17 studio albums plus singles, soundtrack recordings, live albums, and compilations.'
Happy birthday, Madonna!
In her announcement on her website, the Material Girl singer added that her birthday wish is that 'friends and supporters to adopt a bed at the Mercy James Centre hospital in Malawi, built especially for children. There are 50 beds in the hospital’s ward, where children recuperate after surgery or regain strength following intensive care. By adopting a bed, you can ensure that any sick or injured child that comes through the hospital doors has access to world-class specialized care. Madonna has challenged supporters to adopt all 50 beds in honor of her birthday.'
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