New Madonna (Feat. Pharrell) – “The Beat Goes On”

We know, a new Madonna track isn’t exactly an ‘event’ anymore (particularly after the decidedly uneventful Live Earth ballad “Hey You“), but there’s been enough news about her Madgesty’s rumored collabs for her forthcoming, eleventh studio effort that we figured a couple few ears may want to hear the direction she’s taking. So the first bit to drip from the as yet untitled LP has Esther try in vain to tread the road cleared by JT (Pharrell lends his “Like I Love You”ish choppy/strummy acoustic production, other songs promise Timbaland and Timberlake himself), with repeated lyrics designed to drill a hole in your head (“On and on and on the beat goes” … repeat ad nauseum, salt to taste). Obligatory backbeat ‘n’ vocals break, a Madonna shoutout for “instrumentation,” and out in 3:45. To her credit, trying out new looks has always been more flattering on Madge than it’s been on other ’80s-raised luminaries … which is about as backhandeded a compliment as we’ve got.

UPDATE: Get a listen at Hype.

Tags: Madonna, Pharrell