The Iron Diva
The first Madonna interview widely focused on the upcoming release of MDNA comes from In Toronto magazine:
Is Madonna still relevant? More than ever.
Since Madonna Louise Ciccone last toured with her outrageously successful Sticky and Sweet extravaganza ($400 million, thank you), the world lost two of music’s most indelible influences, fallen ’80s super icons Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. And music’s next great hope, Amy Winehouse. All to drugs.
Luckily, we don’t have to worry about the Eternal Girl. Knowing Queen Madge and her stubborn spirit, she’ll outlast us all.
After all, her drug of choice isn’t dangerous or life-threatening. “Life and love inspire me,” says Madonna. “I think reinventing yourself is vital to your survival as an artist and a human being. I know it’s cliché to say about me at this point, but it’s true. My curiosity definitely is the driving force in my life and career. When you stop learning, engaging and growing, you’re dead.”
For mourning pop fans, Madonna’s perennial resurrections have been soothing and reassuring in these tumultuous, complex times.
She’s still kissing girls (this time, the lucky whippersnapper is Nicki Minaj), selling-out stadiums, producing infectious hit singles (Give Me All Your Luvin’), thumbing her nose at movie critics, reshaping her age-defying body, cussing out hydrangeas and inspiring us all by raising a modern family as a single mom. Whew.
While my new passion is making movies, touring and recording will always be my first love, Madonna tells In Toronto. My music career pays the mortgage – and keeps me in shape. Plus, it’s fun. I think the fans are going to love it. I didn’t want to do anything too serious because the film was so taxing for me on an artistic level. I can’t wait to get up there and dance and sing. Some of my little ones have yet to see that side of my life.”
“I wanted to make an album that was unapologetically happy. I think we all need to dance a bit more these days. The world needs a breather, and Martin knows how to put a smile on people’s faces. And, of course, I have my partner-in-crime, William Orbit, helping me out with the substance. MDNA is a good hybrid of the introspective and fun.
Read the Full Interview by Nelson Branco on In Toronto by clicking here.