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Madonna, 53-year-old international recording star, has recruited rap star Nicki Minaj for a second song on her upcoming "MDNA" album. Madonna released a snippet of the collaborative effort titled "I Don't Give A," which seems to introduce religious themes to fans.
The song preview features Madonna singing lyrics that seem a bit more personal than "Give Me All Your Luvin" and "Girl Gone Wild," the first two singles off the "MDNA" album. The veteran entertainer, who released the song "Like a Prayer" in 1989, introduced some emotional lyrics on the dance record that began with her admitting that she forgot to pray.
"Forgot to say my prayers, baby Jesus on the stairs," Madonna crooned before singing about a relationship that did not work out.
The singer speaks about the possibility of her failing to be a good girl and wife, something that she does not seem to regret.
"I tried to be a good girl, tried to be your wife," she sings. "Diminished myself and swallowed my life. I tried to become all that you expect of me and if it was a failure I don't give a.."
Minaj, 29, joins in the song after Madonna sings about her lost love, but did not seem to focus on Christian themes or heartbreak in her rap verse. Instead, she bragged about her musical talents, cars and Madonna.
However, Minaj was the center of controversy in the Christian community just last month.The rapper was accused of trashing the Catholic faith after she appeared with a fictitious pope and performed an exorcism in her 2012 Grammy award performance.
Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, criticized Minaj's performance and questioned if the rapper-turned-pop star was possessed. He also pointed out that other religions did not have to endure the same mockery as Catholicism.
"Whether Minaj is possessed is surely an open question, but what is not in doubt is the irresponsibility of The Recording Academy," Donahue said in a press release from the Catholic League. "Never would they allow an artist to insult Judaism or Islam."
Still, Madonna, who was most recently linked to Catholic organization Opus Dei, chose to include Minaj in two songs that will appear on her album, including one that mentions baby Jesus. The lyrics in "I Don't Give A," seem to reflect her attitude toward anyone who wants to criticize her decision to do so.
"I don't care what the people say," Madonna sings in her newest release. "I'm gonna be all right, gonna live fast and I'm gonna live right. If you have a problem I don't care."