New album, new tour, new kids. As she rapidly approaches 50, life is not slowing down for Madonna.
In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph in Hollywood yesterday, the Queen of Pop revealed her plans to adopt another child.
And despite being known for her tough, no-nonsense demeanour, she spoke of being nervous about the release of Hard Candy, her 11th studio album, which will be available internationally on April 29.
While the singer agreed it was time she toured Australia, she was playful about what it would take to make her sign on the dotted line.
“How bad do you want me to be there?” she said at the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. “There’s a chance. It’s been a while. It’s the least I can do.”
Madonna, the best-selling female singer of all-time, suggested a welcome party would lure her Down Under.
“Are you going to throw a party for me? All right, no didgeridoos though, OK.”
Madonna’s last Australian tour was the successful Girlie Show in November 1993.
Promoter Michael Chugg said Madonna’s 2008-09 world tour plan, including Australia, “will happen”.
He said: “It is being talked about … and there is a promoter trying to put it together.”
Although lighthearted and relaxed throughout the interview, her age – she will turn 50 on August 16 – was not a laughing matter with Madonna’s publicist, who warned the star shouldn’t be asked about her it.
She was, however, happy to talk about her pride at her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next week.
“It’s 25 years of writing, producing and recording,” she said. “That’s a long time to do a job well, I might add.
“So, yeah – it’s a great sense of accomplishment.” The Sunday Telegraph was given an exclusive preview of her new album – and it certainly signals a new hip-hop-driven direction for the singer.
She collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. The first single, Four Minutes (To Save The World) hits radio this month.
“I’m very anxious and nervous and hopeful that people will like it,” she said.
She is also releasing a feature film (Filth And Wisdom) and a documentary (I Am Because We Are), which tells the story of her adoption of son David Banda from Malawi.
“I would love to adopt more and I hope that as many people as possible see this movie,” she said of the film, which will have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
“It is very emotional.”
The Material Girl also told of her soft spot for Aussies.
“I’m very fond of some Australians. Australians are usually quite funny people.”
The nanny who cares for her children – Lourdes, Rocco and David – is also an Aussie. Madonna, called for jury duty after holding a post-Oscars party in Los Angeles last week, said David had a “funny American, English, Australian accent” thanks to the nanny.
source : news.com.au