William Orbit is a champ. Not just because he’s a flawless producer, but he’s also an awesome guy who always interacts with fans and spills the true tea, without any unnecessary shade. For such an esteemed producer, Orbit usually flies under the radar a bit and doesn’t garner as much attention as you’d expect, but this week some revealing comments he made about Madonna‘s MDNA album have been making the rounds online.
Orbit, who produced roughly half of MDNA, responded to a Madge stan on Facebook who commented about the poor promo strategy for the album (which, if you remember, consisted of the Super Bowl and ONE interview on Facebook and nothing else). Orbit really let loose with his response, addressing everything from MDNA’s promotion to the quality of the music, or should I say, lack of.
You can read Orbit’s lengthy statement by clicking here, but to sum it up, he tactfully expressed his displeasure with the garbage promo campaign for MDNA, and said that they had little time to record the album because Madge’s schedule was packed full of other commitments, such as “perfume ranges and teen fashion contests.”
He went on to say that he had assembled the best and most talented team he knew to try and make MDNA “the greatest album of the year”, but that a lot of the best songs didn’t make the cut because of time issues and some pointless screwing around in the studio by the engineer.
The best songs, apparently, have since been sold to Chris Brown and Kreayshawn, as well as being sent to a few other as-yet-unnamed places. One of the Breezy cuts, “Don’t Wake Me Up”, has already leaked, but I wouldn’t exactly call it vastly superior to anything that actually made MDNA — although it probably would have sounded better coming from Madge.
Orbit has since apologized for his comments, which is a bit of a pussy move from him since he didn’t say anything disrespectful or untruthful. The fans have a right to know just why MDNA was a total flop filled with music you wouldn’t listen to outside of a nightclub at 3am bugged out of your brain on pills.
Madonna definitely should have done so much better and it was sad to see her drop such a disappointing record, especially with all the hype around her comeback. She also had a lot to prove with the mixed reception that Hard Candy received (although personally, I fucking love that album) as well as all the GaGa drama, but MDNA isn’t even better than the noisy clusterfuck that is Born this Way, and that’s saying something.
As for the fail in the promo, that was an understandable mistake. Interscope wanted to be the anti-GaGa this time around and take a less is more approach, which I respect. The problem was that the music on MDNA isn’t even good enough to blow up with heavy promo, let alone barely any.
Fingers crossed that the new Cher album delivers where MDNA couldn’t!