Madonna has surprised fans by releasing six tracks from her new album after songs were leaked online.
In a statement, the singer said: “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating.
She added: “Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
Rebel Heart is due out next year.
The decision to release the songs much earlier than scheduled was due to the leaking of several work-in-progress demos earlier this week.
The 56-year-old posted a comment on Instagram on Thursday, after some of her tracks appeared unofficially online.
“Thank you for not listening! Thank you for your loyalty! Thank you for waiting and if you have heard please know they are unfinished demos stolen long ago and not ready to be presented to the world,” she said.
But one response to the comment was slightly cynical and said: “good marketing” and another comment accused Madonna of “acting like a child”.
The six album tracks are currently available for purchase now via a pre-order sale of the album.
Additional music will be released on 9 February 2015, with the full album being made available on 10 March.
The seven-time Grammy Award winner continued in her statement: “I was hoping to release my new single Living For Love on Valentine’s Day, with the rest of the album coming in the Spring.”
Song titles currently available from the new album include Living For Love, Devil Pray, Ghost town, Unapologetic Bitch, Illuminati and Bitch I’m Madonna which was recorded with Nicki Minaj.
The 56-year-old also hired producers Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, Symbolyc One, MoZella, and DJ Avicii for Rebel Heart.
Her last album, MDNA, was released in 2012 and was her 12th studio album.