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Madonna responds to leak, releases songs as Christmas gift

By Jareen Imam, CNN
updated 4:41 PM EST, Sat December 20, 2014
Over her long career, Madonna has been a genius at reinventing herself. Take a look back at how her style has evolved over the years, starting with this shot of her as she was first emerging on the music scene in New York in December 1982. Over her long career, Madonna has been a genius at reinventing herself. Take a look back at how her style has evolved over the years, starting with this shot of her as she was first emerging on the music scene in New York in December 1982.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Demos from Madonna's newest album were leaked online
  • Madonna responded by officially releasing six songs on iTunes
  • The singer has been plagued by leaks in the past

(CNN) -- It's an early Christmas for Madonna fans.

The singer didn't plan on releasing her new album "Rebel Heart" anytime soon, but that all changed after unfinished versions of her newest songs found their way on the Internet.

Early mixes from the Queen of Pop's 13th album had been leaked, and longtime manager Guy Oseary asked the public to help find those responsible.

Madonna fired back by officially releasing six new tracks Saturday morning, which are now up for sale on iTunes.

In a tweet, the singer wrote, "Happy early X-Mas!" and linked to where people go could to purchase her new songs.

The tracks available immediately for download include "Living for Love," an upbeat anthem, "Devil Pray," a haunting composition, "Ghosttown," an emotional mantra, "Illuminati," an electronic orchestra of melodies, as well as two other songs.

Madonna took to Instagram this past week, thanking fans for not listening to the tracks floating around online. "Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world," she wrote in her post.

Earlier this month, the singer posted a photo of her smashed iPod on Instagram after discovering the leak of her track "Rebel Heart." In her post she wrote, "This broken ipod is a symbol of my broken heart! That my music has been stolen and leaked! I have been violated as a human and an artist!"

Leaks have tormented Madonna in the past. In 2003, the singer's website was defaced and every song off her "American Life" album was leaked online.

Rolling Stone reported that Madonna had wanted her newest single, "Living for Love," to be released on Valentine's Day, with the rest of the album coming out in spring.

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