Bitch I'm Madonna
by Madonna (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Album: Rebel Heart (2014)
Charted: 84
  • This spunky girl-power track finds Madonna collaborating with Nicki Minaj and thumbing her nose at naysayers. The Queens rapper previously had two features on Madonna's MDNA set: "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and "I Don't Give A."
  • Madonna told Rolling Stone that it's an equal partnership when she collaborates with Nicki Minaj. "Whenever we work together she always sits with me and listens to the song, and says 'tell me what this song is about to you,'" she explained. "She's very methodical in her thinking. We talk about it, she writes down words that I say describing what the song's about and the sentiment that I'd like her to get out there, and then she goes away and she works on it. She writes it, she comes back. She does a version of it, we talk about it. It's a back and forth until she gets it right. It's a total collaboration."
  • Rebel Heart finds Madonna using the b-word a lot (one of the other tracks is titled "Unapologetic Bitch"). Asked by Billboard magazine about her use of the offensive slang pejorative, Madonna replied: "The word 'bitch' means a lot of different things. Everything is about context. When I first moved to England and heard the word 'c--t,' I was horrified. People were calling each other c--ts! And then I realized that, in that culture, it was different - they slapped each other on the back and said, 'Who's the c--t, right, you're my best mate!'"

    "The word 'f--k' doesn't just mean sexual intercourse," she continued. "I mean, 'You're a stupid f--k,' 'Are you going to f--k with me?' 'F--k off!' (Laughs.) Sex has nothing to do with any of those expressions, and the same goes for 'bitch.' If I say to you, 'I'm a badass bitch,' I'm owning myself, I'm saying, 'I'm strong, I'm tough, and don't mess with me.' If I say, 'Why are you being such a bitch to me?,' well, that means something else."
  • The song was produced by Diplo, one of seven tracks they wrote and recorded together for Rebel Heart. Diplo told Mojo magazine: "I hadn't really listened to her recent albums but I knew her classic material. We wrote a lot of things - like seven or eight songs together. She said, 'Give me something crazy,' and that's when we made Bitch I'm Madonna."
  • The song's music video was directed by Madonna's longtime collaborator Jonas Akerlund and styled by his wife B. Åkerlund. The epic clip was filmed on the top floors of the Standard Hotel in Manhattan and finds Madonna dancing her way from room to room.

    The Queen of Pop opened her Rolodex to surround herself with famous names for the clip. She passes by other party goers, which includes such familiar faces as producer Diplo, designer Alexander Wang, singer Rita Ora and comedian Chris Rock. There are also a number of pre-recorded clips featuring Kanye West, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj while Madonna's sons, Rocco and David Banda, are also seen dancing.
  • Jonas Åkerlund, who also shot Madonna's "Ghosttown" video told Entertainment Weekly filming the clip was a totally unique experience. "Madonna called me about 'Ghosttown,'" he recalled. "We hadn't worked for a while because of different circumstances so when I heard all the songs [on Rebel Heart], I was very excited about 'Ghosttown.' I connected to it creatively. And, yeah, we enjoyed working together. I was supposed to start something else right after and that got pushed and she asked me to do 'Bitch I'm Madonna.' I saw it being so completely different from 'Ghosttown,' something a little bit less serious, just fun and crazy."

    Åkerlund detailed how he managed his crew, which was comprised of 100 people. "It was fun! That's the only way to do it really," he said. "But it was technical. Everybody needed to be on their place and do their job. Everyone had cues and everyone was ready. And when we left the shoot, we thought, 'If the video feels half as good as we feel, then it's a homerun.'"
  • The song was Madonna's first Hot 100 hit since "Give Me All Your Luvin'" peaked at #10 in 2012. However, there was one previous composition prior to the Queen of Pop's cut with "Madonna" in its title that charted. An outfit called The Beatles (you may have heard of them) peaked at #4 with "Lady Madonna" in 1968. In addition Robbie Williams had a Top 20 hit in the UK with the Per Shop Boys-featuring "She's Madonna" in 2006.
  • This features production work from the British electronic musician Sophie, who has worked closely with artists from the London PC Music label. "I think Madonna's manager was like, 'Who is this person?' and I was like, 'Trust me, this is very cool to have him be part of this song,'" Diplo recalled to Time. "PC Music is a really post-modern attempt at pop. It's something the kids are generating because everything is so clean as far dance music [is concerned]."


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