This is the latest transformation of the artist, whose life in Lisbon takes center stage in the August issue of Vogue Italia, with an interview focused on her children, her passion for music and horses, as well as the projects for her charity Raising Malawi, flanked by a fashion shoot photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
The magazine initially planned to mark Madonna’s 60th birthday in August with a celebration of her career and accomplishments, but it turned out she had a very different plan. 'She doesn’t want to talk about the past,' Vogue Italia creative director Giovanni Bianco told WWD in an exclusive interview with editor in chief Emanuele Farneti.
'It’s the tale of a new life, her move to Portugal to help her son David play soccer - it’s incredible to think of Madonna as a soccer mom,' Farneti said with a smile, shaking his head slightly. 'She proposed the Lisbon angle and it turned out to be a very personal interview, more interesting than doing a retrospective of the artist or a story on her African projects, which have already been explored,' he explained.
Bianco is an important link with Madonna, as he has worked for 12 years with her on four album covers, several tours and countless editorials.
To read the rest of the article visit: wwd.com/business-news/exclusive-madonna
'Madonna may be the highest-selling female artist of all time, but at home she’s just Mom - or 'Mambo,' as the four youngest of her six kids call her.
For this week’s issue, the pop icon, 59, offered a rare glimpse inside her private world, inviting PEOPLE to join her in Malawi on July 11, when she opened the Mercy James Centre for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, the nation’s first children’s hospital. A month later, at her home in London, she opened up about her emotional adoption journey, why she’s dedicated to helping the children of Malawi - and her busy, rewarding life as mom to Lourdes, 20, Rocco, 17, David, 11, Mercy, 11, and 5-year-old twins Estere and Stella.'
To read the rest of the article visit: www.people.com
Women In Pop will feature intelligent, interview led articles with both established and emerging female pop musicians. Our articles will focus on the art, the stories, the struggles, the triumphs and the talent behind each woman’s music. No gossip, no bullying and no judgement. Inspirational women with exceptional talent. Pop music is the most glorious art form the world has to offer – and women do it better!
The first issue of Women In Pop features Madonna on the cover along with a ten page editorial feature.
The article will look at how Madonna is the biggest selling female artist of all time whose influence has extended beyond the music scene - changing and moulding the society we live in today since she first appeared in the early 80s. It explores why the world finds it so difficult to accept women as outspoken, sexually active and opinionated, when we don't confer the same negativity on men? The article will explore why Madonna's refusal to conform infuriates so many people and why we should instead be acknowledging Madonna for the social crusader and visionary that she is.
Women In Pop is on sale 1 May, and will be available in Australia, US, UK, Asia & New Zealand - for more information visit facebook.com/womeninpop
'Stamped by SK for the Polaroid Issue #StevenKlein for Vogue Italia. God Bless you Franca Sozanni not only for what you did for the World of Fashion but for encouraging strong Independent Women to take risks! 😂💘🎉🌸💯♥️💯♥️💯🎉🎉🎉💘💘💘'
'My last collaboration with the great Franca Sozanni ♥️Vogue Italia #StevenKlein 😂💯😂💯😂'
'Good Morning World!! So lucky to have worked on the last issue of Italian Vogue with The amazing and inspiring Franca Sozzani'
Madonna has no patience for bad wine. I learned this while sitting in a well-appointed living room at her New York City home, with Nina Simone playing softly in the background. I must tell you, Madonna's house smells amazing - something delicious, maybe roasted chicken, was cooking in a kitchen elsewhere in the manse, and there was a gentle fragrance in the air, jasmine, perhaps. While I waited for Madonna, her day-to-day manager, her publicist, and I chatted while reclining on gorgeous cream-colored furniture set upon the largest rug I'd ever seen, on top of immaculate black wood floors. On the wall behind me was a black-and-white photograph of a woman perched on the edge of a mussed bed, scantily clad, sucking on a gun, it's Helmut Newton's 'Girl with Gun' photograph. Of course.
The full interview is online at www.harpersbazaar.com/madonna-interview/
Photographs by Luigi & Iango; Hair: Andy LeCompte for Wella Professionals; Makeup: Aaron Henrikson; Manicure: Naomi Yasuda for Dior Vernis; Production: Beth Klein Productions; Set Design: Philipp Haemmerle. Special thanks to Diamond Horseshoe, New York.
It's Friday and LOVE 💘💘💘 is in the AIR! 😍😍😍😍😍😍 pic.twitter.com/FDNp4vvSjb— Madonna (@Madonna) 26 August 2016
Some quotes from the magazine:
'I don't consider myself a pop act, I consider myself an artist. And it's an artist's responsibility to be revolutionary in our work. It's our responsibility, our duty and our privilege.'
'I was already famous before social media, so for me fame isn't the burden. Fame is the manifestation or the by-product of my work, and that was two decades before social media. Now to me the burden is people are more focused on fame than actually doing the work or being an artist. Now it's easy to become famous. What isn't easy is to develop and grow as an artist without being distracted or consumed with fame.'
'I like Instagram because it's like keeping a diary and every day I get to share different aspects of my personality, my life, and what inspires me, what infuriates me, or what causes I want to fight for. It allows me to be mysterious, ironic, provocative or proud. I get to use it as a platform to bring attention to people or issues that I think are important. It allows me to be the curator of my life.'
madonnalicious reader Steve shared some images from inside the copy he picked up in Los Angeles:
Among them is the 57-year-old mega star, who shot a snap of herself with pigtails looking up at the camera. Editorial director Fabien Baron found it fascinating to see how people's contributions varied, with Madonna's one of the most relaxed.
'You really understand what people are about,' he explained to WWD, adding that while some were highly produced, others were 'raw.'
'It’s interesting for Madonna because she didn’t give a sh*t.' According to Fabien, the singer simply took a few quick selfies between rehearsals on tour.
Also starring on the eight covers for September are Miley Cyrus, Zayn Malik, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, Mert Alas, Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez.
'We just asked people to imagine their ultimate self portraits - whether it was highly produced or a simple selfie,' Interview editor-in-chief Keith Pollock revealed. 'We wanted to see how they see themselves and how they want to be seen. We allowed each subject to imagine their own shoots.'
There's also a portfolio inside the magazine that features selfies from 150 other personalities.
Despite Interview being founded by Andy Warhol back in 1969, Keith and Fabien believe the late artist would approve of the very modern theme. 'We are conscious of our heritage. Andy did selfies 50 years ago. He’d be doing selfies if he were alive today,' they said.
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She revealed a few details about working with Kanye West in the May edition, which features four different covers of her.
The two superstars are both used to calling the shots in any situation, so when they teamed up for her new album Rebel Heart, it seemed inevitable that sparks would fly.
But while they couldn't agree on everything, she still appreciated the rapper's help, even if she didn't always take his advice.
The Queen of Pop told US Cosmopolitan of the collaboration: 'It's a little bit of a bullfight, but we take turns. He knows that he's walking into a room with a person with a strong point of view, and I do, too.'
'I listen to what he has to say, take it in, and he listens to what I say and takes it in. We didn't agree on everything, but he has good ideas.'
In the same interview, Madonna took issue with the suggestion that the music business had become easier for women over the years.
She warned: 'Don't be fooled, not much has changed - certainly not for women. We still live in a very sexist society that wants to limit people.'
'Since I started, I've had people giving me a hard time because they didn't think you could be sexual or have sexuality or sensuality in your work and be intelligent at the same time. For me, the fight has never ended.'
Madge also had something to say about her online haters, telling them: 'You can hide behind your computer or your phone and say whatever you want - you're not known.'
'Could you say it to my face? Would you say it to my face? I doubt it.'
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madonnalicious bought our copy from WHSmiths but other newsagents may stock it.
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.
Thanks to @GregvsMatt
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'
Thanks to Daretzis