2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of Madonna’s recording debut and to celebrate, Madonna and Warner Music Group have announced they will once again partner up and do business.
Much of that business is sure to include the reissuing of Madonna’s successful selling albums.
A new deal between Madge and Warner heralds the launch next year of an extensive, multi-year series of catalog releases that will revisit the groundbreaking music that made her an international icon.
For the first time, Madonna will personally curate expansive deluxe editions for many of her landmark albums, as well as introduce unique releases for special events, and much more.
The series of releases will be overseen by Warner Music’s catalog team, led by Kevin Gore, President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music, with the first release to be announced soon.
Before branching out on her own, and then on to be a part of Live Nation, Madonna and Warner enjoyed a global partnership that began with the release of the artist’s debut single Everybody in 1982 and lead to the success of many consecutive albums and single releases that followed.
Said Madonna: “Since the very beginning, Warner Music Group has helped bring my music and vision to my fans around the world with the utmost care and consideration. They have been amazing partners, and I am delighted to be embarking on this next chapter with them to celebrate my catalogue from the last 40 years.”
The new deal – which was announced this morning (the 16th August in the US, being Madonna’s birthday) – encompasses her entire Sire/Maverick/Warner catalog, including global smash albums such as Madonna, Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, and Ray of Light. It also includes her three most recent studio albums, MDNA, Rebel Heart, and Madame X, which will join the Warner catalog beginning in 2025.
In all, the new pact includes 17 studio albums plus singles, soundtrack recordings, live albums, and compilations.
So if you thought the Material Girl was all quiet on the music front during Covid times, wait till next year comes ’round.