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"Medellín"
Madonna - Medellín.png
Single by Madonna and Maluma
from the album Madame X
Language
  • English
  • Spanish
ReleasedApril 17, 2019 (2019-04-17)
Format
GenreLatin pop[1]
Length4:58
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Madonna
  • Mirwais
Madonna singles chronology
"Hold Tight"
(2015)
"Medellín"
(2019)
"Crave"
(2019)
Maluma singles chronology
"HP"
(2019)
"Medellín"
(2019)
"La Respuesta"
(2019)
Music video
"Medellín" on YouTube

"Medellín" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna and Colombian singer Maluma. It was released on April 17, 2019, as the lead single from Madonna's upcoming fourteenth studio album Madame X.[2] The song is named after the city in Colombia where Maluma was born.[3] Madonna and Maluma performed the song together live at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.

Background and release[edit]

He's so great to work with. One of the most easygoing, open, warm, generous – doesn't leave the studio until the work is done. Has great work ethic. I adore him. Nothing but great things to say about him.

—Madonna on working with Maluma.[4]

Maluma met Madonna after he performed at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. In February 2019, Maluma posted a photo on Instagram in the studio with Madonna.[5] He revealed in an interview with Forbes that they were working together, saying: "Madonna and I are cooking there together, making some beautiful songs. I'm very excited. That's a huge step for my culture, for Latin culture, it's very very big."[6] On April 15, 2019, Madonna shared the cover art on her social media accounts.[7] The song was released on April 17, 2019, at 12PM EST and premiered on Beats 1 radio.[8]

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of A major in common time with a tempo of 92 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of A–G–E in the verses.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

NME writer Charlotte Gunn called the track a "surprising, self-reflective gem of a pop song", also noting the song sounds "fresh".[1] Entertainment Weekly's Joey Nolfi called it "a breezy, summer-ready anthem that sees its duet partners reflecting on past struggles while dreaming about a trip to the song’s titular Colombian city".[10] Writing for Variety, Jem Aswad felt that "while the song may not be the dancefloor-filling that fans might be hoping for, it’s a sultry and promising introduction to Madonna’s latest era".[11] Sal Cinquemani from Slant opined that "vocally, Maluma does most of the heavy-lifting on the bilingual track, with inuendo-filled verses that reference both Colombia and [Madonna’s] hometown of Detroit. But Madonna’s sugary harmonies, particularly during the song’s rousing hook, balance out Maluma’s gigolo routine with a dreamy sweetness", comparing it to her 1987 hit "La Isla Bonita".[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Medellín" was teased on April 17, 2019, and it premiered on April 24, during a live MTV UK and MTV special. It aired across numerous MTV networks and digital channels.[13] Spanish director Diana Kunst and multi-disciplinary artist Mau Morgó, directed the video.[14]

Live performances[edit]

Madonna and Maluma performed the song live for the first time during the Billboard Music Awards on May 1, 2019.[15] Billboard ranked it as the second best performance of the night.[16] After the performance the song gained a sizable increase in streams, rising by 261% in streams to 2.2 million (up from 596,000).[17]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download/Streaming
No.TitleLength
1."Medellín" (album version)4:58
Digital download/Streaming – Remixes[18]
No.TitleLength
1."Medellín" (Offer Nissim Madame X In The Sphinx)5:30
2."Medellín" (Offer Nissim Set Me Free Remix)5:10
France promo CD[19]
No.TitleLength
1."Medellín" (radio edit)3:51
2."Medellín" (album version)4:58

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Hot 100)[20] 57
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[21] 8
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[22] 7
Canada Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 37
China Airplay (Billboard)[24] 12
Colombia (National-Report)[25] 47
Croatia (HRT)[26] 9
Finland Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 5
France Downloads (SNEP)[27] 11
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[28] 3
Hungary (Single Top 40)[29] 9
Israel (Media Forest)[30] 7
Italy (FIMI)[31] 37
Japan Hot Overseas (Billboard)[32] 17
Mexico Espanol Airplay (Billboard)[23] 19
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[33] 37
Panama (Monitor Latino)[34] 17
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[35] 32
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 4
Romania (Airplay 100)[36] 81
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[37] 42
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[38] 83
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[39] 67
Sweden Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 69
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 87
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[42] 7
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[43] 18
US Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 21
Venezuela (Record Report)[44] 5

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Various April 17, 2019 Interscope Records [3]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Universal Music Group [45]
United Kingdom April 27, 2019 Polydor Records [46]
Various May 9, 2019
  • Digital download
  • streaming
(Remixes)
Interscope Records [47]

References[edit]

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