So far Madonna has been smart about her greatest hits choices: 1990’s early career retrospective The Immaculate Collection is possibly her most satisfying release, offering a remarkable breadth of styles and some truly amazing songs; 2001’s GHV2: Greatest Hits Volume 2 is less of an event, but nonetheless chronicles her maturation from sex-obsessed provocateur to ironic pop artiste.
Which makes it all the more surprising that she plans to release a greatest hits compilation for the wrong reasons: to free herself from a binding record contract with Warner Bros. and mine whatever’s left of her back catalog. With one record still owed to the label, and a lucrative 360-deal with LiveNation already inked, it seems she is going to spruce up the package with a few new songs. There are no specific details available yet on the release, but it will likely appeal more to die-hard fans than to anyone looking for a quick glimpse at her near thirty-year career – for the latter group, go with what’s already available. [Billboard]