Beautiful Killer

Album: MDNA Deluxe Edition (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • Madonna and MDNA co-producer Martin Solveig share a love of movies, and this '80s sounding jam was inspired by the French film Le Samouraï. The Parisian DJ told Billboard magazine: "We talked a lot about movies; she has a very impressive knowledge of French film from the '60s. It's the story of a killer, a very solitary person; the cinematic of the whole movie is really special. We liked it very much, and talked about that for a little while. On the next day I had a draft of another song called 'Beautiful Killer' referring to that."
  • Solveig made Madonna re-record the same vocal part 20 or 25 times. He recalled to Mojo: "She didn't enjoy it and nicknamed me 'The Tyrant!'"

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  • Leo from Westminster 1, MdThat's Madonna getting her French detective cinema a clef groove on-Merci beaucoup, Lady Madge! Maddy is the Beautiful Killer in this song echoing Edith Piaf, Marilyn Monroe and Nina Simone. Call Madonna the first 21st century cabaret Lucky Star. Her Ray of Light will shine brightly forever!
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