"Ghosttown" is a song recorded by American singer Madonna for her thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart (2015). It was released to radio stations on March 13, 2015 as the album's second single. The song was written by Madonna, Jason Evigan, Evan Bogart, and Sean Douglas, and produced by Madonna and Billboard. Madonna had listened to Douglas's previous works and had requested studio time with him and other songwriters. Together they wrote "Ghosttown" in three days. A pop ballad, the song was inspired by the imagery of a destructed city after armageddon, and how the survivors carry on with their lives, with love being the only thing they can hold onto. Composed as an uplifting track, "Ghosttown" features instrumentation from organ and drums, with minor vocoder effects on Madonna's vocals.
"Ghosttown" was released onto iTunes as part of the album's pre-order in December 2014, in response to hackers leaking songs from Rebel Heart. The song received positive response from critics, who commended Madonna's vocal delivery, the lyrics, Billboard's production work, as well as compared it to the singer's early ballads. In the United States, the song became Madonna's 36th entry on the Adult Contemporary chart, as well as her 45th number-one song on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, surpassing country singer George Strait as the artist with most number-one songs on an active Billboard chart. Internationally, "Ghosttown" reached the top twenty position on the record charts in Finland, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden, and was certified gold by the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (FIMI).
An accompanying music video for "Ghosttown" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, and starred actor Terrence Howard. The main theme behind the video was "an apocalyptic situation mimicking the end of the world", showing the singer and Howard as solde survivors in a destroyed city. Madonna performed the song during her promotional schedules across Europe—Le Grand Journal in France, Che tempo che fa in Italy and The Jonathan Ross Show in the United Kingdom. She also performed it at the 2nd iHeartRadio Music Awards, where she was joined by singer Taylor Swift who played guitar. File Hashes
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