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"I want people to jump out of their seats" Never one to understate, those were the exact words Madonna used to describe the songs on her upcoming album, - "Confessions On a Dance Floor".  The 12 delicious tunes of pure 'unapologetic dance music' including the single "Hung Up" (out Oct.17th)  is scheduled to be released on November 15th on Warner Bros. Records.  This time out,  the original Queen of Dance Music returns to where she began and kicks it up a few extra notches.

"It's in her blood" says Madonna's co - producer/partner in crime, DJ and Madonna musical director, Stuart Price.  "She has a dance halo over her head.  We made this record without any preconceived notions.  It was straight from the gut - unencumbered - not over edited - very spontaneous, concluded Price.

If 'Confessions' were equated to a new dance step, it would a stunning blend of musical styles with one foot in the roots of early disco (a la Girogio Moroder/Abba on ecstacy) and the other foot gloriously ensconced in the future of music - a dance step that could only be accomplished by one artist.

Confessions on a Dance Floor is all about having a good time  straight through and non stop." says America's ultimate Dancing Queen.
Madonna's belly - button has topped a new poll.

US music magazine Spin has voted the Queen of Pop's midriff the "most incredible" body part in rock, atop a list of 25 entries.

Spin's Marc Spitz writes: "It's what first marked her as a mainstream provocateur."
Madonna fell off a new horse she was riding late this afternoon at Ashcombe House, her country house outside of London, it was confirmed today.  She sustained three cracked ribs, a broken collar bone and a broken hand but is expected to be released from hospital later this evening.  The star was celebrating her 47th birthday with her husband, film director Guy Ritchie and her two children Lourdes and Rocco.

"Confessions" already lighting up European dancefloors

Madonna is returning to her roots with the club - friendly Confessions on a Dancefloor, due November 15th. For her tenth studio album, the follow - up to 2003's American Life, the pop legend worked closely with British producer Stuart Price (a.k.a. DJ Jacques Lu Cont) at his London apartment.

Price met Madonna later in her career, playing keyboards on her last two tours - - "I was a bit too young to be a fan in the Eighties," he says, laughing. She approached him after last year's Re - Invention Tour, when she began work on a music - driven screenplay, bringing him onboard to create a sound she called "future disco." The idea for Confessions came from those sessions.

"We live real near each other in London, and we could just send ideas back and forth and get together and work on stuff," Price says. "The creative process was very short. There were a couple of weeks in London at my studio where we were doing a song every day."

At night, the producer would test out the tracks during his club gigs.
"Whenever I was DJ'ing, I'd take dub or instrumental versions out with me," Price says. "I had my camera with me, and the next day I'd tell Madonna, 'This is what a thousand people in Liverpool looked like last night dancing to our song.' You can work on a song for twelve hours, but I guarantee you'll know within the first ten seconds of putting it on at a club whether it works or not. So these songs were tested on unwitting subjects throughout Europe."

But Price insists that he and Madonna did not blindly trust the club scene, wanting to create something more lasting. "There's a bit of a danger with dance music that you can create something that's cool but doesn't have much substance to it," he admits. "Every few months, a club record comes along that hits a nerve with people, and they connect to it. They don't know why, but there is something magical in it. That's what we were trying to make."

The first single is the uptempo synth - disco jam "Hung Up," which Price calls "a big feel - good song. You put it on and you want to get in your car, turn it up and drive around smiling."
A previously unreleased remix of "Easy Ride" will be available August 9th on Tracy Young's new compilation DANCECULTURE. Order It HERE
A few weeks ago reported that HUNG UP is going to be the first single off the new album. We are now happy to tell you that HUNG UP will debut at radio on October 17th!

Not only that, but is pleased to announce the release date for Madonna's new All Dance Album. Madonna fans all over the world can rejoice, because the album release date is currently scheduled for November 15, 2005! Put your dancing shoes on and plan a date with your best friends to the clubs, because October & November are going to rule!
WHO ARE the happiest music executives in the land these days? The big guys at Warner Records. All who have heard Madonna's coming CD, "Confessions on a Dance Floor," have been blown away. (Including WR's movie - star handsome CEO Tom Whalley.) "Confessions" is entirely a dance - driven pop disc. No message. No ballads. All fun. These days M seems serene as the chatelaine of an English manor, feeding the chickens, riding, tending to her children, etc. (She, her home and her kids are gorgeous in Vogue for August.)

 But the once - shocking icon can still get into the groove. And she wants her fans to know it. The album hits stores in November.