Image from Madonnalicious.
Madonna's "Celebrate" single is set to go to radio August 3, and—will wonders never cease?—she's actually figured out a way to dash off a video for it while touring. According to Madonnatribe, she showed up at a D&G party at Gold last night with a camera crew and was filmed dancing ("Celebrate"-ing) with her tour dancers until four in the morning. (The image reminds me of the glammed-up, white-girl shuffle we saw in Truth Or Dare.)
A Madonna friend who's heard the song was pleasantly surprised:
"Heard ['Celebrate'] at the weekend—it's fantastic. I think [Madonna fans are] all gonna be impressed. It has a great pop melody, very summery with a kinda 'Holiday'-esque but more upbeat vibe, she sings all the way through it so no rent-a-rappers, no long instrumental breaks or anything and a very, very catchy chorus. There's a funny spoken bit in the middle where she says something along the lines of, 'You look better with your shirt off,' which may explain all this silly 'take your shirt off' stuff she's been doing at the shows."
(This could lead to Madonna's own Evatastic "shirtless ones.")
Sounds like Madonna is ending her Warner years with a classic pop feel-good tune, forsaking the urban elements of Hard Candy and perhaps even the club edge of Confessions. It's a fine line between genius simplicity (Britney's "Toxic," Lady GaGa's "Just Dance") and Forrest Gump simplicity, so hopefully this will be more of the former than the latter.
After the hits album, coming in September, I'll be expecting...demanding...a deeper kind of Madonna record a la Like a Prayer and Ray of Light or some kind of an I'm Breathless/Evita curveball.