Madonna leaves Universal Music, in talks to return to Warner

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Madonna has left Universal Music Group’s Interscope, her record label for nearly a decade, according to reports.

The Queen of Pop is considering returning to Warner Music Group, where she launched her self-titled debut album, “Madonna,” in 1983 and went on to crank out hits including “Like a Virgin” (1984), “True Blue” (1986) and “Ray of Light” (1998). Music trade publication Billboard said Madonna has not yet inked a new deal with any label and that talks with Warner Music are “in the early stages.”

Reps for Warner Music, Madonna and Universal Music Group did not return requests seeking comment.

Madonna first inked a three-album deal with Interscope in 2011 at a base of $1 million per record. Under that contract, Madonna released “MDNA” (2012), “Rebel Heart” (2015) and “Madame X” (2019), which have been some of the Material Girl’s worst-selling albums. 

The pop star, who has released 14 studio albums, three soundtracks, five live albums, six compilations and 35 other limited releases, is set to team up with Missy Elliot on Aug. 14. The duo will join forces for a remix of Dua Lipa’s “Levitating.”

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