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Madonna’s Mojo Cover and Interview Preview

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IN THE LATEST ISSUE of MOJO magazine, available in the UK and online from Tuesday, January 27, Madonna speaks candidly about the musical choices and lyrical confessions that have driven her from Michigan misfit to global superstar via the musical melting pot of New York in the late-’70s/early-’80s.

Madonna on cover of Mojo

“All my friends were DJs so I wanted my records to sound like what I wanted to dance to,” says Madonna of her musical baby steps. “I would go to clubs and I would listen to what would make me dance. And then I would go back and I would work on my music. I mean, I was influenced by Debbie Harry, Talking Heads, The B-52’s. So to me the line was very blurred between what I was working on and what I was dancing to.”

Madonna also holds forth about drugs, religion, free music in the digital age – her position very different from that of recent MOJO cover stars U2 with whom she shares manager Guy Oseary – and her latest studio album, her 13th, entitled Rebel Heart. But again and again she returns to her passion for music and its atavistic power.

“Just the feeling of the tribal, the community,” she tells MOJO’s Tom Doyle. “Y’know, people coming together in a room. That bass booming, people dancing, moving in unison. There’s something really primal about it and inexplicable. I think it’s in our nature to want to do that. To want to join together and move to a beat.”

It’s the first time Madonna has been on the cover of MOJO magazine, an occasion prompting two editions: a news-stand version and a Special Subscribers’ Issue with exclusive artwork overseen by Madonna herself. An extra 500 subscriber issues are available to purchase online.

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Madonna on Kanye, Diplo, music influences

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Madonna has opened up for the first time about her expansive career in the music industry as she reveals all in the latest issue of MOJO magazine.

Her 13th album, ‘Rebel Heart’, features a number of collaborators including Kanye West, who Madge had only kind words to speak of.

“I like that he likes to push the envelope.” Madonna told MOJO. “He hears music in a different and unique way.”

She went on to add: “I think Diplo’s the same. I like people who think outside the box ‘cos they take a song I’ve written that’s quite straightforward and pop and deconstruct it. Rip it apart and turn it into something else.”

As for how she started making her own music and who she was inspired by, it’s all down to her love of dancing.

“All my friends were DJs so I wanted my records to sound like what I wanted to dance to,” Madonna told MOJO.

“I would go to clubs and I would listen to what would make me dance. And then I would go back and I would work on my music,” she said.

“I mean, I was influenced by Debbie Harry, Talking Heads, The B-52’s. So to me the line was very blurred between what I was working on and what I was dancing to.”

MOJO is on sale in the UK and online from Tuesday 27 January.

Madonna on the cover of Mojo magazine

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Madonna on the cover of Mojo magazine

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Mojo magazine on sale Jan27th! @MOJOmagazine #rebelheart

Madonna on the cover of Mojo

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Madonna in Rolling Stone magazine

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January 29th 2015 issue

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Madonna in Billboard Magazine

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January 17 2015 Issue

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Madonna in the new issue of Charlie Hebdo

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Madonna in Charlie Hebdo

Madonna on the covers of The Sun and Daily Star

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“Madonna with the big boobies” – The Sun

Madonna on the cover of The Sun

“Madonna’s shock new sex pics” – Daily Star

Madonna on the cover of Daily Sun

Madonna in Interview Magazine – Pictures and Article

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Madonna for Interview Magazine
Madonna for Interview Magazine
Madonna for Interview Magazine

“God has given you one face,” Hamlet said, “and you make yourselves another.” But had the great Dane met Madonna before saying the above and, in effect, prophesying much of the modern condition, he might have added, “and another and another and another …”

The pop phenomenon born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Michigan in 1958 has, over the course of her career as a singer, songwriter, actress, filmmaker, and pure entertainer, become the living paradigm for the character-based, image-centric presentation of an artist. And her evolutionary mutability—the quicksilver ability to grow and change and live spectacular multiple lives in and beyond the public eye—has given each viewer and each listener their own favorite Madonna. From her early years in rough-and- tumble New York City of the 1980s to her Sex (book) goddess 1990s and the equestrian splendor of the early aughts in England, each chapter of her life is related as a kind of Dickensian parable of perseverance, of will, or of self-invention, as she weaves herself together out of blond ambition, yoga, or prayer.

And perhaps Madonna the Icon is herself her own greatest work of art—something so vastly influential as to be unfathomable, knitting together all of us for whom she has provided the soundtracks, all of the sensibilities she has informed, rattled, challenged, provoked, and then reimagined again, all of the notions of beauty, of an artist, of a performer that she has shaped, reshaped, and upset yet again. With a 13th studio album due out in 2015, Madonna is reaching a new level of artistry, creativity, and, perhaps, identity. Even as she reimagines herself yet again, she remains a masterpiece.

On a night this past November, Madonna sat down with her friend, the performance artist, magician, card sharp, and similarly unclassifiable talent David Blaine in New York to talk about the power of silence, the necessity of failure, and hearing the word no.

DAVID BLAINE: I brought a whole bunch of cards with questions that I think are really fun, so we have these as a backup plan.

MADONNA: A backup plan, or do you want me to choose one now?

BLAINE: Choose one. But I don’t want you to go with the obvious card that’s sticking out more than the others.

MADONNA: I’m not that kind of person. I never go for the obvious. [picks a card]

BLAINE: Should I read it to you, though?

MADONNA: Yeah. I can’t read your illegible handwriting. …continue reading »

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