Live Nation chairman on Madonna’s New Album/Tour

Posted by Sylar On Monday, February 14, 2011

It looks like Madonna is preparing to enter the studio to record a new album, the first under her $100 million multi-rights deal with Live Nation, which another lucrative tour seems likely as well.

“They tell me Madonna is about to record, so there could be another Madonna cycle coming,” Live Nation Entertainment Chairman Irving Azoff told during an interview earlier this week. Asked if the Madonna album would come through Live Nation, Azoff responded, “Yes,” meaning Madonna’s album could be the first recorded content overseen by Live Nation. The Zac Brown Band’s LP “The Foundation” was initially geared to be a Live Nation project in 2008, but the company folded its label division with the exit of then-chairman Michael Cohl and the record ended up on Atlantic.

Azoff’s news was echoed by Madonna manager Guy Oseary this week via Twitter: “The update is that Madonna can’t wait to get into the recording studio. This will happen as soon as she finishes the movie she directed.”

Live Nation signed a 10-year multi-rights deal with Madonna in 2007 said to be worth as much as $100 million, including her touring, merchandising and recording rights. Madonna left Warner Bros., her label home of 25 years, after the release of her 2008 album “Hard Candy.” Her subsequent Live Nation-produced “Sticky & Sweet” tour grossed $408 million worldwide, according to Billboard Boxscore, highest ever for a female artist.

After the Madonna deal, Live Nation subsequently announced long term multi-rights deals with such artists as U2 (which does not include recorded content), Shakira, Jay-Z and others. Still, it is likely Live Nation would partner with some other entity in releasing the record, as executives at the firm have stated repeatedly that they don’t intend to enter the record business full-tilt.

“Live Nation, prior to the merger, entered into some of these all-rights deals, so there are certain artists, Madonna being one of them, that there is a recorded music strategy,” Azoff saod. “Once she gets the album recorded, we’ll sit down with her and her manager Guy Oseary and figure out what’s best for the record. It has to start with the music.”


6 Responses to "Live Nation chairman on Madonna’s New Album/Tour"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    Finally some details of what's to come!! Can't wait for new M music!


  2. Trey Said,

    We shall see. I hope M drops her hope of being accepted in the top 40 shit party in America again and makes a great record. Anyone else notice that the very "club" sound of COADF is now the norm on pop radio? Yet, American radio basically ignored Madonna's album? Hmmm.


  3. Anonymous Said,

    COADF was embraced. Everything thereafter was not because it was just bad. I actually agree with America on ignoring Hard Candy and the new tracks on Celebration.


  4. Anonymous Said,

    The USA will probably continue to ignore any POP music....i also hope Madonna will just please her fans and not the masses...cuz we are still waiting and we want better then Hard Candy for sure...i would love a ballads album or even her working with real musicians again like Her TB/LAP days


  5. Anonymous Said,

    Shouldn´t we just ignore the american music-market? It´s just awful.


  6. Anonymous Said,

    Yes, yes we should :) It's nothing but a popularity contest really.

    Plus, I love how they're talking about a tour but she hasn't even started on the new album ^_^


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