Madonna has spent the better part of 2014 teasing her follow-up to 2012's "MDNA." Mostly via Instagram posts, we know that Avicii, Diplo and "Wrecking Ball" scribe MoZella, along others, have hit the studio to lay down new tracks with the 55-year-old singer. That's left many wondering whether Madonna is planning a surprise release, à la Beyonce.
Now, two recent videos raise another question: Despite all the superstar contemporary producers, could Madonna's new work be a throwback to her '80s hits?
The first, an Instagram clip, features the London Community Gospel Choir belting out several seconds of what sounds strikingly similar to "Like a Prayer."
The second, which also made the Internet rounds on Thursday, is a video of Diplo remixing her 1986 hit "La Isla Bonita." The producer revealed he got Madonna to re-record her vocals for the song, including a line that's amended to reference Diplo himself (or Major Lazer, to be exact).
Of course, there's no telling exactly what these videos mean or whether Madonna's next music will actually hark back to the first decade of her career. Anyone who spent time with the "MDNA" lyrics knows she's a fiend for a good self-reference, though. "Lucky Star," "Like a Virgin" and "Into the Groove" are all referenced by name on the album, while opening track "Girl Gone Wild" kicks off with a line used in the "Like a Prayer" closer "Act of Contrition." The thought of "Like a Prayer" or even a slightly lesser hit like "La Isla Bonita" creeping into whatever Madge releases next is all too likely, and we can't say we'd mind if they do.