Sam Smith and Madonna Fiery Drop New Single, ‘Vulgar’


Although weeks of rumors and mockery before it’s officially confirmed, it’s really no surprise to see Madonna cooperate with sam smith: The British singer’s hit song “Unholy” with Kim Petras was not only the most provocative song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP”, it was just the kind of song Madonna sang. published more than once in his career: deliberately controversial and pushing the boundaries, both musically and thematically (“Unholy” is essentially about a family man who has unsafe sex).

Therefore, he was the perfect person to introduce Smith and Petras before performing the song at the Grammys: “Are you ready to have a little discussion?” he began, before continuing, “If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative, or dangerous, you’re definitely up to something.”

The next day, the duo recorded “Vulgar” with most of the crew that produced “Unholy”: producers Ilya, Cirkut, Omer Fedi, Ryan Tedder, Jimmy Napes, Smith, and Madonna’s vocal producer and engineer Lauren D’elia.

While the song essentially continues the theme of her talk—one of Smith’s lyrics says, “You know you’re beautiful when they call you rude”—and has a Middle Eastern melody reminiscent of “Unholy,” which is otherwise new space for both: Beyonce’s “Cosy.” They rap the lines with a wobbly rhythm evocative, and Madonna’s self-referential lines are hilarious:

“Son, get down on your knees because I’m Madonna.
If you make love to Sam tonight, you’ll make fun of me
So be careful what you say or I’ll cut your banana in half.”

The song is Smith’s first since the release of their third album “Gloria” earlier this year, which broke the smooth R&B mold of previous releases for something more adventurous and, for many, more satisfying. This North American leg of “Gloria the Tour”“It starts next month.

Last August, Madonna released a 50-piece retrospective set before her, titled “Finally Enough Love: Number 50 Ones”. global hit-themed “Celebration” world tour, will start next month in Vancouver. “Vulgar” is one of several guest appearances he has made in recent weeks, including pieces with The Weeknd and Christine and the Queens.

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