Madonna Looks Back: Interview In The New Issue of Rolling Stone

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Madonna Regarde en Arrière: Interview dans le Nouveau Numéro de Rolling Stone.

RS Issue 1090
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Madonna Looks Back

At 51, with a massive tour and a new greatest-hits collection, Her Madgesty still reigns. The queen of pop reflects on three decades of shock and awe.
By Austin Scaggs


The Essential Madonna: An interactive photo and video timeline of the pop icon's most legendary moments — from declaring her plan for world domination on American Bandstand in 1984 to kissing Britney at the 2003 VMAs.
Celebrating Madonna: Look back at her 50 most iconic moments in photos and videos.

Inside the Issue: A sneak peek at Austin Scaggs' cover story.

Covers: A gallery of Madonna's 12 Rolling Stone covers.

Get a look at photos from Madonna’s record-shattering Sticky & Sweet tour.

Coming Soon Q&A: More from Austin Scaggs' interview.

Madonna Looks Back: The New Issue of Rolling Stone
10/14/09, 9:45 am EST

In January 1984 Madonna had just one album under her belt when she told American Bandstand’s Dick Clark she had lofty plans: “To rule the world.” (Watch the rarely seen clip here, in our Iconic Madonna Moments gallery.) Over the past three decades, she has provoked, innovated and inspired; she’s set and broken her own records, most recently wrapping the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist with her Sticky & Sweet show. And now that she’s released the two-disc retrospective Celebration, the pop superstar who rarely looks back sat down with Rolling Stone’s Austin Scaggs for a revealing trip through her early days in New York, some of her biggest scandals, and of course, her most massive hits in our new issue, on stands today.

Even as a seventh grader in Michigan, Madonna reveals she knew how to push her audience’s buttons. For her first ever performance, “I had my girlfriends paint my body with fluorescent hearts and flowers,” she recalls of a rendition of the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” that left her fellow students speechless. “I wore a pair of shorts and a midriff top, and I just went mad. … I’m sure everyone thought I was insane. That was the beginning of my provocative performances, I guess.”

But having innate stage savvy didn’t mean Madonna grew up a wild child. Though she tells Scaggs about her days as a graffiti artist when she was running with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York City (her tag: Boy Toy), life was tamer before that. “I was a geek in high school. I didn’t really have a drink until I got divorced for the first time [from Sean Penn] when I was 30,” she admits. ” ‘Geek’ is not a word anyone uses to describe me, except perhaps [Confessions on a Dance Floor producer] Stuart Price, who once said, ‘You know, you’re a nerd at heart, nobody knows it.’ I took it as a compliment.”

She credits her first major shift in style — from punky brunette club kid to blonde wedding wonder — to getting dressed and styled for more photo shoots and videos as her career progressed. “I think people put a lot of emphasis on the whole reinvention of my image, and it’s always been a lot less calculated than people think,” she says. ” I think it’s boring to stay the same. A girl likes to change her look.” But if she had to pick her worst fashion moment: “It was the purple lipstick, fluorescent-green sweater combo. … It’s OK, it was the Eighties. It was a bad-hairstyle era. Let’s face it.”

But Madonna doesn’t have many musical regrets. She tells Scaggs about writing “Live to Tell” and “Vogue,” returning with a head full of brand-new ideas on Ray of Light and teaming with some of the industry’s biggest hitmakers on Hard Candy. But after all these years, she admits she still can’t sniff out a Number One. “I’ve never been a good judge of what things are going to be huge or not. The songs that I think are the most retarded songs I’ve written, like ‘Cherish’ and ‘Sorry,’ a pretty big hit off my last album, end up being the biggest hits,” she tells RS. ” ‘Into the Groove’ is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like it.”

Madonna’s Rolling Stone interview is on newsstands now. Stay tuned for bonus Q&A from Scaggs’ conversations with Madonna, and don’t miss our look back at the megastar’s most iconic moments.

Source: Rolling Stone.

Madonna Dishes The Good Stuff!!!
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 06:45

With her tour finally complete and her album, Celebration, enjoying a comfortable spot on the charts, Madonna has been doing a lot of press lately. (not that she in anyway needs to promote herself)

In her newest interview for Rolling Stone, Madge opens up about three of our favorite topics: Lady GaGa, Justin Timberlake, and dumb bitches who don't know a great thing when they seem'em! Plus, some other fun little tidbits about her early years. Here's a piece of the interview:

"On Lady GaGa:I see myself in Lady Gaga. When I saw her, she didnt have a lot of money for her production. she's got holes in her fishnets, and there's mistakes everywhere. It was kind of a mess, but I can see that she has that IT Factor. It's nice to see that at a raw stage"

On her biggest hits: "I've never been a good judge of what things are going to be huge or not. The songs that I think are the most retarded songs I've written, like "Cherish" and "Sorry", a pretty big hit off my last album, end up being the biggest hits. "Into the Groove" is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like it."

On Justin Timberlake : "Justin is a brilliant songwriter. I mean, "What Goes Around…..Comes Around?" Brilliant. I thought it would be a challenge to work with him. He's sort of a Cary Grant. I love him. I love working with him."

On who's TURNED HER DOWN : "I wanted to work with Eminem. I don't think he wanted to work with me. Maybe he's shy."

On her 80's hairstyles & looks: "It's ok. It was the 80's. It was a bad haristyle era. Let's face it. "

On Growing up : "I was a geek in high school. I didn't really have a drink until my first divorce"

The biggest challenge of her career? : "Working on EVITA. It's a whole different singing sensibility. I had to seriously work with a vocal coach"

On the first 3 concerts she saw : "My first show was David Bowie. My second show was Elton John. And my third was Bob Marley! Not bad, right?"

Loves it! And thank God Eminem turned her down!

Not even remotely good enough to share a track with Madge!


Source: CelebzWeb.

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