Madonna Photographer Claims To Be 'Listening To The New Album'

Madonna arrives to the opening of Hard Candy Fitness on October 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

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However, sources tell Billboard that Madge's next LP is not finished.

Mert Alas, one half of the fashion photography pair Mert + Marcus and a frequent Madonna collaborator, caused quite the online kerfuffle by posting a photo of Madge on Instagram on Monday (Apr. 21) with a caption in which he claimed to be "listening to the new album."

"In my room listening to the NEW ALBUM!!!!!" Alas posted. "Im DYING!!!!!! LET ME LOVE YOU FROM INSIDE OUT…  @madonna."

Could the follow-up to 2012's "MDNA" be upon us? A rep for Madonna has declined a request for comment, but sources tell Billboard that the pop superstar's next full-length is not yet completed, and that she is still writing and recording new music for the set, presumably in Los Angeles.

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Last month, Madonna told her Instagram followers that she was "on my way to the studio to work with Avicii," and hit the studio earlier this month to work with Natalia Kills and Martin Kierszenbaum. Toby Gad, S1 and MoZella are also attached to the new project.

"MDNA" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its March 2012 release. Mert + Marcus directed the music video for the album's second single, "Girl Gone Wild," and shot the MDNA tour book for Madge.

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