Madonna's eleventh, and final, studio album for Warner Bros., Hard Candy is a brilliant uptempo collection that adds a hip-hop beat to the cultural icon's club sensibilities, thanks to collaborations with Timberland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Nate "Danja" Hills.
Madonna's eleventh, and final, studio album for Warner Bros., Hard Candy is a brilliant uptempo collection that adds a hip-hop beat to the cultural icon's club sensibilities, thanks to collaborations with Timberland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Nate "Danja" Hills.
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Madonna's eleventh, and final, studio album for Warner Bros., Hard Candy is a brilliant uptempo collection that adds a hip-hop beat to the cultural icon's club sensibilities, thanks to collaborations with Timberland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Nate "Danja" Hills.

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''Hard Candy'' is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on April 25, 2008, by Warner Bros. Records. It was her final studio album with the record company, marking the end of a 25 year recording history. Madonna started working on the album in 2007, and collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Nate "Danja" Hills. The album has an overall urban pop vibe, while remaining a dance-pop record at its core. The Pet Shop Boys were also asked to collaborate with Madonna on the album by Warner Bros. but the record company later changed their mind and withdrew their invitation.

Madonna became interested in collaborating with Timberlake after hearing his 2006 album ''FutureSex/LoveSounds''. Together they developed a number of songs for the album, but the basis of the development was Williams' demos. Madonna had a number of songs written down for the album, which amazed Timberlake. They had intensive discussions among themselves before recording a song. Later, Madonna recalled that most of the songs on ''Hard Candy'' were autobiographical in many respects. However, according to her this was not intentional and happened while she was in the process of developing the album.

Madonna had initially decided to portray herself as the Black Madonna for the cover art, and call it the same, but later felt the idea may have been seen as controversial. She instead chose to portray herself as a boxer, and called the album ''Hard Candy''. The title "Hard Candy" refers to the juxtaposition of toughness and sweetness, which Madonna endorsed. Critical reaction to the album was mixed. Some reviewers condemned ''Hard Candy'' for its attempt to harness the urban market, while other commended its refreshing feel. On release ''Hard Candy'' debuted at number-one in over 37 countries worldwide, including the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It went on to become the eleventh best selling album worldwide of 2008, selling 3.8 million copies.

Three singles were released from the album. The first, "4 Minutes", was a worldwide success, topping the charts in 21 countries and becoming Madonna's 37th ''Billboard'' Hot 100 top-ten hit. Other singles released were "Give It 2 Me" and "Miles Away". To promote the album, Madonna went on a small promotional tour, where she played in three cities in small venues. The album received the majority of its promotion from the 2008–09 Sticky & Sweet Tour, which went on to become the highest grossing tour ever, by a solo artist. - Wikipedia

''Hard Candy'' is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on April 25, 2008, by Warner Bros. Records. It was her final studio album with the record company, marking the end of a 25 year recording history. Madonna started working on the album in 2007, and collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Nate "Danja" Hills. The album has an overall urban pop vibe, while remaining a dance-pop record at its core. The Pet Shop Boys were also asked to collaborate with Madonna on the album by Warner Bros. but the record company later changed their mind and withdrew their invitation.

Madonna became interested in collaborating with Timberlake after hearing his 2006 album ''FutureSex/LoveSounds''. Together they developed a number of songs for the album, but the basis of the development was Williams' demos. Madonna had a number of songs written down for the album, which amazed Timberlake. They had intensive discussions among themselves before recording a song. Later, Madonna recalled that most of the songs on ''Hard Candy'' were autobiographical in many respects. However, according to her this was not intentional and happened while she was in the process of developing the album.

Madonna had initially decided to portray herself as the Black Madonna for the cover art, and call it the same, but later felt the idea may have been seen as controversial. She instead chose to portray herself as a boxer, and called the album ''Hard Candy''. The title "Hard Candy" refers to the juxtaposition of toughness and sweetness, which Madonna endorsed. Critical reaction to the album was mixed. Some reviewers condemned ''Hard Candy'' for its attempt to harness the urban market, while other commended its refreshing feel. On release ''Hard Candy'' debuted at number-one in over 37 countries worldwide, including the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It went on to become the eleventh best selling album worldwide of 2008, selling 3.8 million copies.

Three singles were released from the album. The first, "4 Minutes", was a worldwide success, topping the charts in 21 countries and becoming Madonna's 37th ''Billboard'' Hot 100 top-ten hit. Other singles released were "Give It 2 Me" and "Miles Away". To promote the album, Madonna went on a small promotional tour, where she played in three cities in small venues. The album received the majority of its promotion from the 2008–09 Sticky & Sweet Tour, which went on to become the highest grossing tour ever, by a solo artist. - Wikipedia