ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Madonna, the former Material Girl, turns 50 this summer - and she's got a new studio album - her 11th, it's called "Hard Candy". It's not released until next week, but today Madonna is offering a preview on her MySpace page.

Our critic, Tom Moon listened to the album online, and he says she is doing everything possible to stay musically relevant.

(Soundbite of song "4 Minutes")

TIMBALAND (Singer): (Singer) Break it down, break it down.

TOM MOON: You want to know how twisted pop music has become? Madonna, superstar and brand, icon and mogul, is begging for a hit.

(Soundbite of song "4 Minutes")

MADONNA (Singer): (Singing) I want somebody to speed it up for me then take it down slow. There's enough room for both.

Mr. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE (Singer): (Singing) Well, I can handle that. You just gotta show me where it's at. Are you ready to go?

MOON: That's the first verse from "4 Minutes," Madonna's new single. It's an airtight, spit-polished production loaded with current stars, designed to send the message that Madonna still matters.

(Soundbite of song "4 Minutes")

MADONNA and Mr. TIMBERLAKE: (Singing) It better be what you want. If you feel it, it must be real just say the word and I'ma give you what you want.

MOON: Unlike some of Madonna's career highlights, this album takes no chances. She's recycling what's worked for other artists recently: a beat from producer Timbaland, a marching band like the one used by Kanye West, and a vocal cameo from Justin Timberlake.

(Soundbite of song "4 Minutes")

MADONNA and Mr. TIMBERLAKE: (Singing) Grab a boy, grab a girl. Time is waiting. We only got four minutes to save the world. No hesitating. We only got four minutes, four minutes. Keep it up, keep it up.

MOON: Beyond that single, there are several high-revving dance tracks that just might make you forget that Madonna is coming up on the half-century mark.

(Soundbite of song "The Beat Goes On")

MADONNA: (Singing) On and on, on the beat goes. On and on, on the beat goes. On and on, on the beat goes. On and on, on the beat goes. On and on, on the beat goes. On and on, on the beat goes. On and on, on the beat goes. On and on, on the beat goes.

MOON: And then there's "Candy Shop," an electrobeat bonbon in which Madonna celebrates her eternal hotness.

(Soundbites of song "Candy Shop")

MADONNA: (Singing) I'll be your one stop, one stop. Candy store, candy store lollipop, lollipop. Have some more, have some more.

MOON: She keeps talking about how her sugar is raw, and after the first few times you can't miss the faintest hint of desperation. She sounds like she's trying to convince herself and trying way too hard.

(Soundbite of music "Candy Shop")

MADONNA: (Singing) Dance, dance, dance. See which flavor you like and I'll have it for you. Come on in to my store, I've got candy galore.

SIEGEL: Madonna's new album, "Hard Candy," is in stores next week. Our reviewer is Tom Moon.

(Soundbite of music "Candy Shop")

MADONNA: (Singing) I've seen it before. I've got Turkish Delight baby and so much more. Get up out of your seat, your seat. Come on up to the dance floor. I've got something so sweet, so sweet. Come on up to the front door.

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