NEWS: Madonna to release Hard Candy album exclusively on Vodafone from April 21

Vodafone customers will be the first to hear tracks from Madonna's new album Hard Candy on their mobiles before its full release on April 28.

Following a deal between Vodafone and Warner Music International, seven tracks will be made available for download on Vodafone at the rate of one per day from April 21, a week before the album's shop release.

Each track will remain live for 24 hours for download before being replaced by the next one.

Vodafone customers will also have access to Madonna's mini site on Vodafone Live!, which will include one week of exclusive, associated mobile content, such as ringtones, ringback tones and SMS tones.

"As the number one digital music service provider in the mobile telecommunications indiustry in Europe, Vodafone has revolutionised the way people experience music on their mobiles and the collaboration with Warner Music builds on that heritage," says Frank Rovekamp, global chief marketing officer, Vodafone Group.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.