Wow! The striking album cover features a close-up of Madonna-as-Madame X, with the album title etched across her pillar-box red lips to give the illusion of her mouth being sewn shut

She is the world’s biggest music icon, with a chart-topping career spanning more than three decades.

So naturally Madonna‘s fans were delighted at the prospect of new music, with the wait now over as she released her new single Medellin with Latin superstar Maluma on Wednesday ahead of a grand worldwide video launch in London next week.

The 60-year-old legend, whose new track comes from her upcoming 14th studio album Madame X – set for release on June 14, 2019 – looked incredible on the single cover in which she sported a bridal gown and cowboy hat while draped over the hitmaker, 25.

Madonna has burst back on to the music scene in typically-wild style as she shared the artwork earlier this week, in which she sported a cowboy hat, white corseted gown, a veil and a slick of vampish red lipstick.

Despite having only released the single cover, and a 90-second teaser video introducing fans to her latest alter ego, Madame X, fans will no doubt be overjoyed to see the launch of the full video in London on Wednesday 24 April.

In the sensational video introduction, Madge dons a variety of costumes and disguises, and explains in voiceover the basis of her new persona.

‘I decided to call my record Madame X. Madame X is a secret agent travelling around the world, changing identities, fighting for freedom. Bringing light to dark places

‘Madame X is a dancer. A professor. A head of state. A housekeeper. An equestrian. A prisoner. A student. A mother. A child. A teacher. A nun. A singer. A saint. A w***e. A spy in the house of love. I’m Madame X.’

Not long to wait: Madonna's upcoming 14th studio album Madame X is set for release on June 14, 2019 (Pictured as a professor)

In the days following the initial teaser, the superstar doled out a few more looks at her title character’s many personas.

Along with the teaser video, Madonna also released snippets of her dramatic new music, in which she could be heard singing, ‘The thing that hurt the most/ Was that I wasn’t lost’ over the powerful piano-driven instrumentals.

In a 2018 interview with Vogue Italia, the musical icon revealed that her new music was inspired by Portugal, where she lived throughout the process of its creation.

She said: ‘I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record, so Lisbon has influenced my music and my work.

‘How could it not? I don’t see how I could have gone through that year without being informed by all this input of culture’

Ahead of the big London launch of the first track from the album next week, Bruce Gillmer, global head of music and talent, Viacom, and co-brand head, MTV International said: ‘Madonna and MTV have been intrinsically tied since their respective youths.

Oh my: Madonna has burst back on to the music scene in typically-wild style as she shared the artwork earlier this week, in which she sported a cowboy hat, white corseted gown, a veil and a slick of vampish red lipstick