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The promo trail is really hotting up for Madonna, who now has a string of covers under her belt in the lead-up to the release of her new album.

While it doesn't look like she's changed things up too much for the May issue of UK Elle, it's nice to see she's finally kicked off those (admittedly, fierce) thigh-high lace-up boots we've been seeing her wear in every photo shoot of late, and instead add a cute fedora hat to her ensemble.

The just-shy-of-50 singer, whose album Hard Candy is due for release on April 28, tells Elle there are "no short cuts to being Madonna" and she works blimmin' hard to stay in shape.

"It's all about hard work," she says. "There is no easy way. If you want to know how I look like I do, it's diet and exercise and constantly being careful."

Oh, we believe you Madge (especially if the constant stream of photos showing everybody's favourite Material Girl going to and from the gym are any indication).

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