Appearing on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio, the Queen of Pop gave former Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe the world exclusive play of her Maluma collab Medellin.
Opening up about her new era, Madonna, 60, said: “Lisbon is where my record was born.
“I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”
Chatting about the teaming up with the Colombian singer, Madonna continued: “I met him backstage at the Video Music Awards and the next day he sent me flowers and said what an honour it was to meet me.
“He has a great work ethic – he doesn’t leave the studio until it is done.”
“Maluma has a great work ethic – he doesn’t leave the studio until it is done”
Madonna moved to the Portuguese capital in 2017 in a bid to help her son, David Banda follow his dreams of becoming a professional footballer.
“I’ve been desperate to get him into the best academies with the best coaches, but the level of football in America is much lower than the rest of the world,” Madonna told Vogue Italia in 2018.
She added: “I saw his frustration, and I also felt it was a good time.
“I felt like we needed a change, and I wanted to get out of America for a minute — as you know, this is not America’s finest hour.”
Flooding Twitter as the single dropped, fans gushed over the controversial star’s return to form.
Unable to contain their excitement, one supporter wrote: “Omg it’s a bop.”
Another added: “Medellin sounds f***ing good.”
Medellin’s release marks the official countdown to the release of her 14th studio album Madame X.
Recorded over 18 months in Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madonna has teamed up with some of the biggest producers in the world including Major Lazer legend Diplo, Mirwais and Mike Dean.
During the 15-song offering, the Like A Prayer superstar sings in three languages – Portuguese, Spanish and English.
The music video with Maluma is slated for release next week, on Wednesday, April 24.
To promote the big reveal, the pop superstar will join BBC DJ Trevor Nelson for special MTV event, MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: Medellín Video World Premiere.
The show will see Madge open up about the influences on her new album and the creative forces behind her transcendent career.
Medellin collaborator Maluma is expected to join in the event from Miami.
Next month, Madonna is set to perform two tracks at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest final.
Taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel on May 18, the gig is slated to net Madge a staggering $1million for the performance.
While unconfirmed, it is believed Tel Aviv businessman Sylvan Adams will pay the bill.
Last year, 186m viewers tuned in to watch the global music competition around the world.
Madame X tracklist:
Medellin (with Maluma)
Future (feat. Quavo)
Killers Who Are Partying
Crave (feat Swae Lee)
Faz Gostoso (feat. Anitta)
Bitch I’m Loca (with Maluma)
I Don’t Search I Find
Looking For Mercy
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