Madonna Starts Recording 12th Studio Album

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Madonna has started work on the follow-up to 2008 album "Hard Candy," according to her manager, Guy Oseary.

"It's official.. Madonna's 1st day in the recording studio for the new album... Very exciting.. Happy 4th of july..." Oseary wrote on Twitter on Monday (July 4). On June 14, Oseary informed fans that the singer "goes into the recording studio next month to begin work on new album," but said that there is "nothing to report in regards to [a] tour."

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Shortly after Oseary announced the news on Twitter, another veteran pop star, Kylie Minogue, retweeted the post with her own "Yaayyyy!!!" added on. Madonna responded to Minogue on Twitter through Oseary's account, writing, "Thanks for the love."

"Hard Candy," Madonna's 11th studio album, has sold 739,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer supported the full-length with her Sticky & Sweet world tour, which wrapped in September 2009; since then, Madge launched a string of Hard Candy Fitness Centers and teamed up with Rihanna to promote the Vita Coco brand of coconut water.

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