Why do you know Martin Solveig? Most likely because of gum. His 2010 track "Hello," featuring vocals by Dragonette, was used in a Trident commercial and found its way onto the Billboard Hot 100 in addition to a handful of dance charts. The song also has a charming video that costars recent Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic.
Solveig has released five studio albums of his own since 2002, and made a fan out of one big frequent Madonna collaborator -- designer Jean Paul Gaultier -- which probably didn't hurt his chances of getting on the album. The fact that he's French was likely a plus, too, since from Justice and Daft Punk to single king David Guetta, the French have been on a dance-music hot streak for several years that's had a serious impact on American charts and record sales.
Madonna's reps have yet to confirm Solveig is on the project, or address another series of seemingly less credible reports that she is also working with Joe Henry (Madonna's brother-in-law who has previously teamed with Elvis Costello and Solomon Burke) and British electro duo Diagram of the Heart. Those rumors come from Digital Spy, who also (amusingly) claim Madonna is refusing to work with Lady Gaga's right-hand man, RedOne, for what we can only imagine are obvious reasons.
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