Shortly after its release via Interscope Records, Madonna and Maluma dropped the video for their steamy song “Medellin.” Both projects were delivered after the Queen of Pop’s announcement of her Madame X alter-ego.
In the clip, Madonna plays a dance teacher-turned-domme who is promptly swept off her feet by her student, played by a smirking Maluma. The two begin a steamy, champagne-fueled affair, culminating in a rowdy outdoor wedding. “We built a cartel just for love,” she sings, “Venus was hovering above us,” while the Colombian sensation purrs, “My queen” in Spanish.
“I wanted this video to look like a painting,” the multi-Grammy winning singer explained in an interview. She recruited two directors from Barcelona, Diana Kunst and Mau Morgó, who have most recently produced videos for Spanish pop star Rosalía. “[Kunst] is influenced by a lot of the same painters and filmmakers that I’m interested in,” said Madonna, who cited inspiration from Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington. Check out the intense and artful video for “Medellin” below.