5:10pm PT by Jeff Weiss, Keith Caulfield, Billboard
Disclosure Talks Madonna Collaboration Rumors
When Madonna turned up at a couple of Disclosure shows earlier this month — and shared multiple Instagram photos of her encounters — fans immediately began to speculate if the Queen of Pop was working with the British duo on her next album.
After all, Madonna has been sharing numerous photos on Instagram all year of likely musical collaborators, ranging from Diplo and Toby Gad to MoZella and Natalia Kills.
"She came to our gig at Governors Ball," Disclosure's Howard Lawrence tells Billboard, "and within a few hours, there were articles being written about how we were producing her album — and we had met her that day. How could we even have done that?"
Certainly, Disclosure probably didn't produce an entire album overnight for the singer. (Who is "really cool" and "very chill," says Guy Lawrence — Howard's brother, the other half of Disclosure.) But the duo hasn't said that a collaboration is off the table with the singer either, so expect further rumors to develop.
Madonna continues to be hard at work on her forthcoming studio album, which will be released by Interscope Records. Her last set, 2012's MDNA, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 537,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As for Disclosure, their single "Latch" is burning up the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as it rose 14-12 on the July 5-dated list. The song recently surpassed 1 million in cumulative download sales as well (week ending June 22). The brothers have tour dates lined up internationally through September, when they will begin writing their second album.
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.