Madonna, the iconic pop sensation, continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With her unparalleled talent, Madonna has redefined the music industry. From her groundbreaking performances to her chart-topping hits, Madonna has solidified her status as a cultural phenomenon. With each new release, Madonna consistently pushes the boundaries of artistry, showcasing her unmistakable style and unmatched charisma. It is undeniable that Madonna's influence and legacy have left an indelible mark on the music landscape, cementing her as one of the most legendary and influential artists of all time.
Sam Smith and Madonna have unveiled their explosive new single titled "Vulgar." While the collaboration between the two artists was previously rumored and teased, its official confirmation didn't come as a surprise. In fact, it was almost expected, especially considering the success of Sam Smith's daring chart-topper "Unholy" featuring Kim Petras.
This song marked a significant milestone as the most provocative track to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP." It epitomized Madonna's career, characterized by intentionally controversial and boundary-pushing music, both in terms of sound and subject matter. (Unholy revolves around the story of a family man engaging in unsafe sexual encounters.)
Madonna fittingly introduced Smith and Petras before their performance at the Grammys, setting the stage for their captivating rendition of the song. She initiated with the question, "Are you ready for some controversy?" and went on to state, "If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative, or dangerous, you are definitely onto something."
On the following day, the duo entered the recording studio to create "Vulgar" with a similar production team that worked on "Unholy." This team consisted of producers Ilya, Cirkut, Omer Fedi, Ryan Tedder, Jimmy Napes, Smith himself, and Madonna's vocal producer and engineer, Lauren D'elia.
While the song maintains the underlying theme of Madonna's earlier speech—reflected in one of Smith's lyrics stating, "You know you're beautiful when they call you vulgar"—it ventures into new territory for both artists. The track features rap verses layered over a captivating, rhythmic backdrop reminiscent of Beyonce's "Cozy." Additionally, Madonna contributes amusing self-referential lines in her lyrics:
"Boy, get down on your knees because I am Madonna If you mess with Sam tonight, you're messing with me So be careful with your words or I'll playfully disrupt your plans."
The next day, Sam Smith and Madonna headed back to the studio to record their track "Vulgar" with a majority of the same team that worked on "Unholy." This talented group included producers Ilya, Cirkut, Omer Fedi, Ryan Tedder, Jimmy Napes, Smith himself, and Madonna's vocal producer and engineer, Lauren D'elia.
While the song retains the central theme from Madonna's speech, exemplified by one of Smith's lyrics that states, "You know you're beautiful when they call you vulgar," it ventures into uncharted territory for both artists. The track introduces a Middle Eastern melody reminiscent of "Unholy," but apart from that, it explores new musical ground. The verses are delivered through rap, accompanied by a captivating, pulsating rhythm that evokes Beyonce's "Cozy." Madonna's self-referential lines add a touch of humor to the mix:
"Boy, get down on your knees because I am Madonna If you mess with Sam tonight, you're messing with me So be cautious with your words, or I'll humorously disrupt your plans."