Madonna confirmed plans to release her definitive greatest hits compilation Celebration today, due September 29th as both a single and double album. As if the lure of 37 Top 10 hits wasn't enough, Celebration will also feature a pair of new tracks she recently recorded in New York, including the collection's first single "Celebration," which was co-produced by house music legend Paul Oakenfold. Celebration's cover, created by street pop artist Mr. Brainwash, is up now on Madonna's official Website.
While the "Celebration" single won't be released until August 3rd, remixes of the song are already on their way to the clubs according to the press release. "Celebration" will also be accompanied by a music video, which will be featured on the Celebration DVD. On July 18th, Madonna's official Website recruited fans in Milan, Italy, to appear in the "Celebration" video, asking them to "come dressed to impress, bring all Madonna memorabilia, T-shirts or Madonna outfits you have and be ready to perform, dance or just be yourself." Music video vet Jonas Akerlund ("Ray of Light") is confirmed to direct.
While the album's track list hasn't officially been announced, among the confirmed tracks are hits "Everybody," "Express Yourself," "Vogue" and "4 Minutes." As Rock Daily previously reported, Madonna's fans had a hand in the collection's track list, sending the Material Girl requests and recommendation through her manager Guy Oseary's Twitter. The Celebration DVD will be released simultaneously on September 29th and will feature a collection of Madonna's iconic videos, including a few that have never been on DVD before. No official word yet regarding the other new song on Celebration, but it's rumored to be leaked song "Revolver."
Celebration is Madonna's third greatest hits compilation and marks the last release under the Warner Music umbrella before the Material Girl leaves her career-spanning record company for a Live Nation 360 deal.
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