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.
“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.
“I am profoundly grateful to the FBI, the Israeli Police investigators and anyone else who helped lead to the arrest of this hacker. I deeply appreciate my fans who have provided us with pertinent information and continue to do so regarding leaks of my music. Like any citizen, I have the right to privacy. This invasion into my life – creatively, professionally, and personally remains a deeply devastating and hurtful experience, as it must be for all artists who are victims of this type of crime.” – Madonna
The end of Privacy is not something any of us are ready for! #livingforlove
Madonna via Instagram
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’S REBEL HEART ALBUM OUT MARCH 10TH ON INTERSCOPE
Madonna To Perform Live on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on February 8
“Living For Love” Single Goes to Radio Feb. 12th
Madonna’s 13th studio album Rebel Heart will be released March 10th on Interscope Records. Six of the album’s songs were released over the holiday following a leak of unfinished cuts from the Material Girl’s highly anticipated collection of new songs. Upon their release, several of those songs debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 49 countries. Two additional songs will be available with a pre order of the album on iTunes on February 9th. Fans that preordered Rebel Heart in December will have the two additional songs automatically delivered to them. To pre-order Rebel Heart visit iTunes.com/Madonna.
“Rebel Heart explores two very distinct sides of my personality, the rebellious renegade side of me and the romantic side of me” commented Madonna recently in Billboard. The new album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Nas, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson and was recorded in NY, LA and London. Producers include Madonna, Diplo, Kanye West, Billboard, Avicii, DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds, Ryan Tedder, Toby Gad, and Ariel Rechtshald.
Madonna who has received 8 Grammy Awards will perform on the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 8th.
The six released cuts of “Rebel Heart” have already received critical acclaim:
“They won’t experience Madonna the celebrity or Madonna the fashion statement but the Madonna who has kept us listening for decades: Madonna the musician,” – Jon Pareles NY Times
“It’s great to see the music icon back on top where she belongs. Everything out so far is genius.” – The Sun, UK
“The best tracks fit perfectly into her history of impeccably-produced pop.” – Jim Farber, NY Daily News
Four remixes of the single “Living for Love” were serviced last week to to DJs and clubs and are currently available on Madonna’s Youtube channel.
The four new mixes include:
Offer Nissim Living for Drama Remix 7:15
Dirty Pop Remix 4:58
THRILL Remix 5:11
Mike Rizzo’s Funk Generation Club 7:03
An undercover investigation by the Internet crime unit of Israel’s anti-fraud police resulted in the arrest of a Tel Aviv man suspected of hacking into several musicians’ computers over the course of several months.
The suspect allegedly stole unreleased tracks and sold them online.
The investigation began after a complaint by a representative for the singer Madonna. The investigation continued in cooperation with the FBI, which led to suspicion of a wider hack of several international artists.
A man, aged 40, accused of hacking Madonna’s computer and selling unreleased songs he found on it which resulted in their leaks months ahead of an official release was arrested in Tel-Aviv this morning. A hearing to extend his arrest will take place later today in Rishon Leziyon, Unit ‘Laahav 433′ of the Israeli police announced. Madonna was forced to release six songs early due to the leak.
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Living For Love (Offer Nissim Dub Mix)
Living For Love (Dirty Pop Dubinstrumental)
Living For Love (Dirty Pop Radio Edit)
Living For Love (Funk Generation & H3dRush Dub)
Living For Love (THRILL Instrumental)
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