Pop superstar Madonna has gone to unprecedented lengths to prevent fans downloading copies of her new album AMERICAN LIFE - and she's reportedly hurtling abuse at those who try.

The eagerly awaited longplayer is the subject of intense security, as record companies and musicians attempt to confront internet piracy.

A string of Madonna fans - says website DOTMUSIC - have accessed dummy copies of the album on 'illegal' sites, but instead of hearing the MATERIAL GIRL's new tunes, they have been confronted with a foul-mouthed tirade.

According to their reports each track is blank, except for the Queen of Pop screaming, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"

The tight security has also been reflected within the music press, with promotional copies of American Life not expected until around the time of the actual release on 21 April (03).