Madonna drops new song 'Crave' with Swae Lee

LISTEN: Madonna's third 'Madame X' single, 'Crave' (ft. Swae Lee)

In the span of less than a month, pop sensation Madonna has released yet another single.

Crave serves as the third single from the 60-year-old’s recently announced upcoming studio album, Madame X, and features American rapper Swae Lee.

The heavily autotuned beat dropped early Friday morning along with a short video promo, serving as a potential teaser for an upcoming video.

“Honoured to drop a song tonight with the legend Madonna,” wrote Lee, 23, on Twitter.

“(It) was an honour to work with the Queen of Pop,” he added, signing off as the “King of Melodies” in a later Instagram post.

READ MORE: Madonna delivers emotional speech at GLAAD Awards

Madame X serves as Madonna’s 14th studio album overall. It’s her first since 2015’s critically acclaimed Rebel Heart.

Madonna performs her Rebel Heart Tour at Allphones Arena on March 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

Madonna performs her Rebel Heart Tour at Allphones Arena on March 19, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

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Crave is a seemingly new approach in Madonna’s music career as it sees the singer dip her toes into the hip-hop scene for the first time.

It’s already working in her favour, too, at least according to some of her dedicated Twitter followers.

While unexpected for some listeners, the experimentation may explain exactly why the Like a Virgin singer enlisted the help of producer Mike Dean for the job.

Dean is known widely for his work in the American hip-hop scene, with hip-hop giants such as Travis Scott, Jay-Z, Kanye West and the late Tupac Shakur.

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While Madonna is currently gaining some recognition outside of her regular diehard fanbase, she was also honoured recently at the annual GLAAD awards.

Rosie O’Donnell presented her the Advocate for Change award in recognition of her longstanding presence as a gay rights activist and continuous support of the LGTBQ2 community.

“Madame X is a freedom fighter,” concluded Madonna in her heartfelt acceptance speech.

Madonna performs in concert at Rod Laver Arena on March 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Madonna performs in concert at Rod Laver Arena on March 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Madame X will be released on June 14 through Interscope Records. It can now be preordered and saved through the official Madonna website.

Crave is now available on all major streaming platforms.

Madame X tracklist:

  1. Medellin (ft. Maluma)
  2. Dark Ballet
  3. God Control
  4. Future (ft. Quavo)
  5. Batuka
  6. Killers Who Are Partying
  7. Crave (ft. Swae Lee)
  8. Crazy
  9. Come Alive
  10. Faz Gostoso (ft. Anitta)
  11. Bitch, I’m Loca (ft. Maluma)
  12. I Don’t Search I Find
  13. I Rise

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