Madonna’s first new studio album in five years will be released in March by Interscope Records in a unique agreement with Live Nation Entertainment.
Much-rumored deal, confirmed Thursday, is the fruit of a 2007 pact between the music superstar and sometime film director and actress and LNE, which reps the performer’s studio work, touring, merchandising, music-related TV and film projects and associated sponsorship agreements.
Irish band U2 and rap star Jay-Z also have deals in place with Live Nation.
LNE, which does not number a record label among its diversified interests, confirmed that Interscope, currently home to U2, has a three-album deal with Madonna.
The vocalist has completed the first album, but no release date has been set. First single “Gimme All Your Luvin” – not to be confused with the ZZ Top song of the same name – will be issued the last week in January, prior to the Material Girl’s halftime appearance at the Super Bowl.
Singer’s tune “Masterpiece,” from self-directed feature “W.E.,” received a Golden Globe nomination on Thursday for best original motion picture song.
Announcement of the Interscope-Madonna pact capped a busy week for Live Nation: Late Wednesday, company announced its acquisition of media metrics firm Big Champagne.