Madonna Announces Collaboration With Avicii

Singer spills the news over Instagram

Madonna and Avicii perform in Miami.
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March 8, 2014 7:38 PM ET

Madonna's got something in the works with Avicii. The material girl announced an upcoming collaboration with the EDM star on Friday night over Instagram, sending out a photo of herself cleaning her bathroom while dressed in black fishnets with the caption, "Doing some house work after 4 hours of sleep which is why i cant spell! On my way to the studio to work with Avicii!"

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It's not yet clear what form the collaboration will take, but Madonna revealed to the Canadian Press last month that she was planning a new album. "Yes, plans are in the works already. Don't ask me with who, it's a secret, top secret," Madonna told the news agency.

This wouldn't be the first pairing of the two artists. In 2012, Madonna made a surprise appearance at Miami's Ultra Music Festival to introduce the Swedish DJ and his remix of her MDNA single, "Girl Gone Wild."

While Madonna's been keeping busy this year with a load of high-profile appearances (including Miley Cyrus' MTV Unplugged concert, the Grammys and the Amnesty International benefit concert), Avicii's been on something of a hot streak himself, with the massive success of his first album, True and the EDM-country-hybrid single, "Wake Me Up." The DJ otherwise known as Tim Bergling recently spoke with Rolling Stone about what he looks for in a collaborator. "I'm pretty open-minded: I just look for talent," he said. "I can work with singers, but I get along better with other songwriters because it's a more creative environment. I'm very particular about certain things. Melody, I'm a super control freak. But rhythms and lyrics, I let go a lot more."

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