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The magazine features another new picture inside and a 13-page article and interview with Madonna. A free CD on the cover includes 14 tracks from Madonna's New York scene.
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.
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.
From MTV UK
And if that isn't enough, fans have a choice of three covers to choose from!
She is photographed by Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas (in New York City in October 2014), styled by Arianne Phillips and interviewed by David Blaine.
To read the full interview visit: www.interviewmagazine.com/music/madonna
UK fans can also check if their local newsagent stocks the magazine using the postcode checker or buy online at: www.classicpopmag.com/buy-online/
ON THE PHYSICALITY OF THIS PHOTO SHOOT:
KATY PERRY: I was sore in my upper body and in my butt area from all that squatting.
MADONNA: It’s good to be sore in your butt. My neck is sore from that wonderful moment when I was sucking on your heel.
ON PROVOCATIVE SHOWMANSHIP:
M: I would always say, Dad, I’m an artist, I have to express myself. You don’t understand. I think he’s finally come to terms with it. It’s only taken 30 years. He’s like, Do you have to simulate masturbation on the bed? Do you have to? Yes, Dad, I do.
KP: I haven’t gone that far yet, but maybe under your great mentorship I might reach that point.
ON GETTING READY FOR A TOUR:
M: A couple of weeks before my production rehearsals I look and feel like a truck ran me over.
KP: [laughs] Oh, I look like that now.
ON OCD TENDENCIES:
KP: Im so OCD that I want those letters in alphabetical order. C-D-O would be my preference.
Madonna captioned her picture: 'V magazine got me like....Kneel down for what??????? @vmagazine This week #artforfreedom #unapologeticbitch'
Katy posted her picture saying: 'Mmmmm my baby's got a secret....'
'Her next album will be connected with Art For Freedom. And we can expect to see her increasingly involved and committed. 'I have no choice. At this point, there’s no turning back. This is my role in the world, my work as an artist. I have a voice and I have to use it'
The full article and larger pictures can be seen at: www.vogue.it
'Working Armani For L'Uomo Vogue! #artforfreedom'
Madonna also posted two other pictures earlier possibly from the same photoshoot.
'Long hair....Don't Care!!!!!! #artforfreedom #rebelheart #revolutionoflove'
To read the article visit www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/news/madonna-daring-moments
Picture by Terry Richardson / Harpers Bazaar
Richardson shared pictures on Wednesday (October 16) on his blog of the 'Vogue' singer donning a black thong while posing in his studio for a Harper's Bazaar shoot.
Madonna can also be seen wearing a chainmail mesh mask and being adorned with a crucifix necklace in other images released by the famed photographer.
Her interview with Harper's Bazaar is featured in the November issue.
The pop diva's session with Richardson comes on the heels of him releasing similarly provocative images of Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus.
From Digital Spy / Picture by Terry Richardson
The article inside the magazine is written by Madonna, about her life (almost a mini-biography) with the reasons why she doesn't conform and has to be daring.
Truth or Dare. That is a catchphrase that's often associated with me. I made a documentary film with this title, and it has stuck to me like flypaper ever since. It's a fun game to play if you're in the mood to take risks, and usually I am. However, you have to play with a clever group of people. Otherwise you'll find yourself French-kissing everyone in the room or giving blow jobs to Evian bottles!
People usually choose 'truth' when it's their turn because you can tell a lie about yourself and no one will be the wiser, but when you are dared to do something, you have to actually do it. And doing something daring is a rather scary proposition for most people. Yet for some strange reason, it has become my raison d'être.
If I can't be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don't really see the point of being on this planet.
That may sound rather extremist, but growing up in a suburb in the Midwest was all I needed to understand that the world was divided into two categories: people who followed the status quo and played it safe, and people who threw convention out the window and danced to the beat of a different drum. I hurled myself into the second category, and soon discovered that being a rebel and not conforming doesn't make you very popular. In fact, it does the opposite. You are viewed as a suspicious character. A troublemaker. Someone dangerous.
To read more from Madonna's article visit www.harpersbazaar.com
Pictures from Harpers Bazaar / Terry Richardson
Madonna is the only female and solo artist featured, others in the top ten are Oasis (24 March 1994), Nirvana (03 December 1989), The White Stripes (6 August 2001), Radiohead (22 May 1997), Orbital (25 June 1994), The Smiths (20 July 1986), Public Enemy (01 November 1987), The Who (14 February 1970) and U2 (11 August 1993).
The story of Madonna's rise to fame has been told many, many times, but thanks to his exclusive interviews with virtually Everybody who was involved in making the single, the article reveals some cool new facts about Madonna - including the name of yet another unreleased demo from the early years. This feature is possibly one of the most in-depth articles about the making of Madonna's first single.
Included in the article are new and exclusive interviews with Mark Kamins (producer), Bob Blank (studio owner), Butch Jones (studio engineer), Fred Zarr (synths), Leslie Ming (drums), Ira Siegel (guitar), Rob Prinz (Madonna's first agent), Danny Tenaglia (legendary club DJ) and Charlene 'Chardonna' Martinez (the world's first Madonna wanna-be) - many of whom very kindly spoke exclusively and went on the record for the first time about working with Madonna in and out of the studio.
The magazine is in UK stores now and it will also become available in select international book stores (Barnes & Noble, etc) in the coming weeks. International fans can also buy the magazine direct from the Record Collector website at recordcollectormag.com/issue-detail/411
He wants madonnalicious readers to tweet him their thoughts on the tour, and their memories if they were lucky enough to see it. Your tweet might be chosen and included in the article!