Madonna has reacted to the leak of demos from her new album – which she described earlier this week as “artistic rape” and “a form of terrorism” – by releasing six songs on iTunes and other streaming services.
The singer said the songs, which were released on Saturday, were “an early Christmas gift” for her fans. Her new album, Rebel Heart, is due out in March and is set to include 19 songs. Her publicist said more songs would be released on 9 February.
The website popjustice said Madonna had achieved a “partial Beyoncé”. “Full Beyoncé” status, the website said, is achieved with the release of a full album, with attendant videos for each track, for free and by complete surprise. Beyoncé released her self-titled fifth album that way in December 2013.
In a statement, Madonna said: “I was hoping to release my new single Living For Love on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
On Wednesday, after the leak of what she said were 13 “unfinished demos stolen long ago”, Madonna took to Instagram to express her dismay.
“This is artistic rape!!” she wrote. “These are early leaked demos, half of which won’t even make it on my album. The other half have changed and evolved.
“This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?”
The post was subsequently deleted.
Earlier in December the track Rebel Heart was leaked, prompting Madonna to write on Instagram: “My music has been stolen and leaked!”
“I have been violated as a human and an artist! #fuckedupshit”
The tracks released on Saturday include Unapologetic Bitch and Bitch I’m Madonna, which features Nicki Minaj. On iTunes, the songs can be downloaded as part of pre-ordering the album.
Producer Diplo said in July some of the songs would be “crazy-sounding”, telling Rolling Stone: “We really pushed the envelope with some of the stuff we were doing. I love when an artist gives a producer the confidence he needs to work with them, and Madonna was very open-minded to my ideas … she was down from day one.”
Unauthorised pictures from recording sessions have also found their way online. In response Madonna posted a note on Instagram that read: “I am asking my true fans and supporters who respect me as an artist and a human to not get involved with the purchasing, trading or posting of unreleased images or music.
“I hope and pray we find the source of the leaks soon. Until then I am grateful for any leads or info and even more grateful for your support and loyalty! Please let me finish my work so i can give you my very best!”
This article was written by Martin Pengelly in New York and Chris Johnston in London, for theguardian.com on Saturday 20th December 2014 17.00 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010