First, I am glad that my prediction (and it was only a prediction, folks) about Madonna singing the theme song for “The Giver” never came true. The movie was terrible. It was a flop. It’s a good thing that Madonna had nothing to do with the movie, though she was definitely asked to contribute to the soundtrack. Madonna is the Queen of Pop, not the Queen of Flop.
Second, I have received at least 500 emails asking me about Madonna’s next album. I have no details about it, unfortunately. All I know is that Interscope wants to release it in November in order to take advantage of the winter sales. It’s actually a good idea.
Even if Madonna doesn’t release an album this year, her fans can be happy that she is still recording music. I can exclusively tell you that Madonna’s musical career almost came to a complete stop in 1994, when Warner Brothers was considering dropping Madge and her label, Maverick, which was underperforming.
Madonna’s musical career did rebound with the “I’ll Remember” single, the Bedtime Stories album and, especially, the amazing Ray of Light album. She owes the surprise success of her label Maverick to Guy Oseary. Had she been dropped by Warner Brothers in 1994, it’s doubtful another record company would pick up what many described as “damaged goods.”
Let’s go back to 1992. Everything was going absolutely perfect in Madonnaland, until she decided to release her book Sex. Warner Brothers was completely against this book. Madonna’s manager, Freddy DeMann, secretly agreed with Warner Brothers. Behind the scenes, Madonna’s longtime publicist Liz Rosenberg was telling people that Madonna was about to make a mistake she would soon come to regret. However, Madonna was such a powerful force that nobody could deny what she wanted. She released the book and the backlash happened.