SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

April 03, 2008 06:00 ET

Madonna -- "4 Minute" Fever Spreads Across the World -- Victims Can't Stop Dancing

New Video Makes Exclusive World Premiere on iTunes April 3rd; Song to Be Featured in Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow Pictures Film 'Get Smart'; Single Exploding at Radio and Digital Sales; International Response Huge

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 3, 2008) - "4 Minutes," the pulsating and hypnotic debut single from Madonna's 11th studio album for Warner Bros. Records, "HARD CANDY," is off to a roaring start with explosive exposure in a wide range of mediums.

The breathtaking new video for "4 Minutes" featuring a propulsive performance by Madonna along with appearances by the song's co-writers and co-producers Timbaland and Justin Timberlake will make its world premiere and be available for sale exclusively on iTunes for 48 hours beginning April 3rd. The video was filmed in London in February and directed by French wunderkinds Jonas and Francois (Justice and Kanye West). The single, "4 Minutes," is currently #1 on iTunes.

The upcoming Warner Bros.-Village Roadshow Pictures action comedy "Get Smart" is on board to include '4 Minutes' in the film. In theatres nationwide on June 20th, "Get Smart" stars Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway as secrent CONTROL operatives Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 on a mission to thwart a plan for world domination by the evil crime syndicate KAOS. The film also stars Dwayne Johnson as superstar CONTROL Agent 23, Alan Arkin as the Chief, Terence Stamp as notorious KAOS kingpin Siegfried and James Caan as the President of the United States.

On the international front, "4 Minutes" is already Top 3 across Europe in airplay and Top 10 around the world. Already playing in heavy rotation on radio stations across the US, the single in Canada is the fastest selling song in the history of the Canadian music charts. The song can also be heard as part of Sunsilk's multi-million dollar ad campaign.

"HARD CANDY" will have a global release on April 28th and a US release on April 29th and is a brilliant up-tempo collection of 12 songs in which Madonna remains ensconced in club mode but adds an urban hip hop beat. "4 Minutes" is Madonna's 26th Top 40 chart hit in the US. Her previous album, "Confessions On A Dance Floor," debuted at No. 1 in 30 countries and sold over 8 million copies.

Madonna, a multi-Grammy-award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, cultural icon, world renowned stage performer, video visionary, children's book author, director and documentary film maker, has sold 200 million albums in the course of her unprecedented two decade plus career and has just been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When asked about the "4 Minute Fever Phenomenon," Madonna commented, "Goody goody gum drops."

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