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Madonna hints at new music for 2022 in Instagram post

The pop legend is reportedly re-recording her 1998 hit 'Frozen' with Swae Lee

By Joe Goggins

Madonna press shot from the 'Madame X' campaign, 2019
Madonna's last album, 'Madame X', was released in 2019. (Photo: Press/Steven Klein)

Madonna is back in the studio and is teasing new music for 2022.

The pop icon took to Instagram yesterday (December 20) to let her 17 million followers know that she was working on fresh material with a trio of collaborators, namely Swae Lee, Lauren D’Elia and Jozzy. Lee made a guest appearance on Madonna’s last album, 2019’s ‘Madame X’, on the track ‘Crave’.

The multi-slide post showed the ‘Material Girl’ star in conversation with the trio, as well as posing by a Christmas tree and recording in the vocal booth. According to a report in The Sun, she’s re-recording her 1998 hit ‘Frozen’, which went to number one in the UK upon its original release.

The move has apparently been prompted by Lee’s use of the track on TikTok, which has seen it go viral; Lee will appear on the updated version of the track, which originally appeared on her multi-platinum 1998 album ‘Ray of Light’. An unnamed source quoted in The Sun’s report said: “Madonna has always been an artist who has adapted and moved with the times, which is why she is still proving popular after almost 40 years.” 

“The remix has been used on loads of TikTok videos and she is hoping that by getting Swae Lee involved it will help the song reach new audiences,” the source went on. “It has been a bit of a scramble to get things sorted but they ideally want to get it out as soon as possible.”

In a 2019 interview with Variety, Lee spoke of his excitement at the opportunity to work with Madonna on ‘Crave’. “I was very excited when Madonna approached me,” said Lee, who was born Khalif Brown. “It was dope to hear that she loved MY music, you know what I’m saying? I jumped to whatever she wanted me to do. We chilled in the studio in LA. Just me, her and Mike Dean, just coming up with songs…singing in front of her live, and we would just bounce ideas off each other, it was cool.”