The news that a hits compilation is imminent does not mean the Material Girl will be quitting pop just yet...

Widespread reports in today’s UK press that MADONNA is planning to retire has been dismissed out of hand by her spokesperson.

Virtually all the UK’s national newspapers today (July 20) have carried stories, some attributed to sources close to the star, saying that she wanted to focus on her family and intended leaving the music industry later this year.

However, according to, her spokesperson said there is no truth in the speculation.

The rumour was fuelled by a report in The Sun newspaper earlier this week that a compilation of her biggest hits and favourite tracks, plus some new material, was being planned.