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Madonna releases Pride anthem from her forthcoming album

Madonna releases LGBT anthem from forthcoming album.
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Madonna has made the LGBT community the focus of her second single from the forthcoming album Madame X.

Called "I Rise," the ballad is part of five songs to be released throughout the next few months leading up to the full album's release on June 14. 

“I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind," Madonna explains. "This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves.”

The first song, “Medellín,” was released on April 17 and more are scheduled including “Crave” featuring Swae Lee and produced by Mike Dean on May 10, “Future” featuring Quavo on May 17, and “Dark Ballet” on June 7.

The iconic singer is turning 60 this year and will be honored by GLAAD this Saturday with an Advocate for Change Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City. She is the first woman and only the second recipient of this honor which is handed out to people who have influenced the LGBT community through their work. 

Madame X will contain 15 songs influenced by her time in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years. Longtime producer Mirwais, as well as producers Mike Dean and Diplo, are among those who are featured on this, Madge's fourteenth studio album.