The Queen of Pop’s fans were given an unexpected surprise over the weekend, but not all was as it seemed.
A ‘new’ Madonna song appeared on iTunes on Friday, but now it has been removed from the store, as well as numerous streaming services.
Titled Behind Me, die-hard fans instantly recognised the song as an unreleased demo called Two Steps Behind Me, which leaked back in 2014.
Madonna recorded the track for her 2015 album Rebel Heart, but never finished it for the final collection.
This new version that was briefly put on sale for a few days featured a guest verse from Guido Dos Santos.
Despite it having a low-key unofficial release with no major promotion, the track still managed to chart in 17 countries on iTunes.
In fact, it peaked within the Top 50 in eight of those territories.
However, it seems Madonna’s team caught wind of the unofficial release as the song was finally removed from sale on Monday.
Meanwhile, Madonna confirmed that her international hit live show, the Rebel Heart Tour, will be released for a DVD recording and live album download this year, so at least we have something slightly new from the pop legend in the offing.