Madonna On New Album ‘Madame X,’ Working With Maluma & Swae Lee | Backstage Interview | BBMAs 2019


– Nice eye patch. – [Interviewer] I don’t
know if anyone can see it. But I just
– Are you– – [Interviewer] I swear,
she gave me the eye patch. – Well, we’re Madame X-ing together. – [Interviewer] You smell lovely. – Thank you. – [Interviewer] Is that
some sort of MDNA scent? – It’s called Portrait of a Lady. – [Interviewer] Really? – I know. A girl can dream. – [Interviewer] Let’s talk about tonight. – Mmmhmm. – [Interviewer] You just
finished performing Medellín? – Yes. – [Interviewer] With Maluma – Yes, Maluma baby. – [Interviewer] Crazy,
fantastic, hi-tech performance. – Thank you. Yeah. – [Interviewer] When
did you start planning and prepping for this? – Um. Many many many months ago – [Interviewer] Should be
like a year ago. (chuckles) – It wasn’t a year ago, but it was a long time ago. ‘Cause the technology had
to be explained to me. And I couldn’t figure it out. I kept saying that wait a minute let’s get this straight. And there were options. – [Interviewer] Mmmhmm. – So, you know there’s augmented reality. There’s virtual reality. There’s combination of the two. But they take a lot of
time and preparation, and filming and yeah, so. – [Interviewer] So much. How long were you in
rehearsals specific for this to get all the dance move down and – Well, rehearsals for
the personas for the on the green screen, – [Interviewer] Yeah. – couple of weeks. – [Interviewer] Mmmhmm. – And then rehearsals for
the actual performance by myself without Maluma for couple of weeks. And then with Maluma, about a week, yeah. – [Interviewer] Okay. And the Medellín is
the first sort of taste of new music from the Madame X album? – That is correct. – [Interviewer] I feel like there’s more taste coming before the main course am I correct in thinking that? – There are. We’re gonna give you a
little smorgasbord of – [Interviewer] Series
of appetizers (chuckles) – Delights, some appetizers
from around the world, yes. – [Interviewer] Amazing – Mmmhmm. – [Interviewer] There’s a Swae Lee track. – Yes. – [Interviewer] Crave. – Crave. Yeah. – [Interviewer] Why did you
wanna work with Swae Lee? – Because I think he’s really talented. – [Interviewer] Of course. – He is. I think he’s a very good writer. I think he’s a great singer. And he’s so cute. Kid’s important. – [Interviewer] Kid’s important – Yeah he has good energy. – [Interviewer] What was
special about the track, like how did the track come to, was a collaboration two of you writing? – No, I wrote a song with Starrah. – [Interviewer] Okay. – And it was something that I’ve written when we first, when I first start putting the record together. And then I kind of put
it on the back burner when I started working
with all the musicians I was working with in Lisbon. – [Interviewer] Mmmhmm. – And then I went back to the wait, let me revisit all
the first songs I wrote. And I listen to Crave. And I thought I need I need to sing with a man on this song. ‘Cause it’s the song about desire and longing. Longing. Desire and longing. I just. I like the tone of his voice. So, I ask him to be on it with me. – [Interviewer] So it started
out sort of as a solo song and then you thought
– yeah – [Interviewer] you need a male
voice on here to counterpart – Yeah yeah. – [Interviewer] Was it was it hard for you to kind of narrow down the number of songs that
you had going into the album or you just kind of going to there with a concept of like
– Oh – [Interviewer] Here are
specific tracks I want. – No no. I had no idea how many songs I was gonna end up with. I just. The record was born in Lisbon. And I was, originally I work with a
lot of Portuguese musicians. And sang several songs in Portuguese. And then it kind of expanded to different countries To Brazil. To Colombia. And then intersperse, you know working with Mirwais, the French producer. So the song kinda, it’s really a global album. – [Interviewer] Yeah. – So. – [Interviewer] Do you sort of consider it like a concept album in a way? ‘Cause like with the Madame X personas. – I don’t really know what that means. – [Interviewer] Well,
in a sense of you know there’s all these different
personas, you know the equestrian and the teacher. – But they’re all. They’re all extensions of me anyways because I do all those things. – [Interviewer] Right. – Believe it or not I do clean my house. So I consider myself a housekeeper. – [Interviewer] Really? – And I ride horses and I love it. And I can teach you to do
the cha-cha if you want. – [Interviewer] I might fall over. – So, it’s saying that
I am all these things. but also the other reason that I
named the record Madame X is because it was given a name given to me when I was 19 and I
first moved to New York by a woman who I looked up to and admired and she gave me that name because she said she couldn’t recognize all my different personas ’cause I kept changing the way I looked. So, and that was in the beginning of my career when I didn’t think about who I should be or what I should be I was experimenting. – [Interviewer] Mmmhmm. – And so, I felt like I had come full circle and gave the record that name. ‘Cause I’m in the same frame of mind. Does that make sense? – [Interviewer] Yeah. Who was the woman that gave you the name? – Martha Graham. – [Interviewer] Good lord. – The great Martha Graham. – [Interviewer] You went to – Do you know I I danced in her school – [Interviewer] Yeah. Yeah. – Yeah. She was alive
when I studied there. And I danced in Pearl Lang who was one of her
proteges’ dance companies. – [Interviewer] You’ve
eventually met Martha Graham in person at some point later.
– Yes, I did. And we met she was mad at me then she gave me the name Madame X. And then years later when I was successful, she asked me to give her an award. And we traded stories about those days when I was a bad girl. – [Interviewer] You’re working
with Mirwais on the album. – Yeah – [Interviewer] He produced Medellín. – Many of the tracks, yes. – [Interviewer] He produced
other tracks as well. – Yeah. – [Interviewer] What
was it like going back and revisiting, working with him after kind of a little bit. – It was nice. It was refreshing ’cause he’s a real deep thinking philosophical existentialist intellectual. And he likes to argue. And debate. And pontificate. – [Interviewer] Do you
like having him in studio when you’re writing. – I do actually. – [Interviewer] Okay. – Because it provokes thought which is rare these days. And And then it gives you idea for songs and then you dig deep and you start to learn about characters like I have a song on
the called Dark Ballet. – [Interviewer] Mmmhmm. – Which believe it or not, is about, is inspired by Joan of Arc. So, when we were writing the song, we start doing all these
research on Joan of Arc that I never knew about. And I mean I learned things about her that I didn’t know about beyond the broad strokes
that everybody knows. – [Interviewer] Right. – So things like that come up. You know, then we start selling setting filmmakers or or philosophers or you know quantum physics or you name it, so. – [Interviewer] This totally
translates to pop music. Right?
– It It does eventually. – [Interviewer] It does? Eventually. – Yeah, so somewhere in that pop music is deep metaphysical thinking. – [Interviewer] I’m assuming
there’s gonna be a tour maybe at some point? You’re probably not allowed
to say anything right now. – It’s been spoken about – [Interviewer] Okay. – In such a deep way – [Interviewer] Okay. – That I’m actually having
a production meetings. Yes. – [Interviewer] So it’s
probably happening. – Yes. – [Interviewer] May I make a request? – For a song you want me to perform? – [Interviewer] Just to consider – Just a teeny one the tiny one. – [Interviewer] A tiny one. – What do you. What do you
missing from the repertoire? – [Interviewer] Okay. So you’ve had 38 top ten hits on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart. That is a record. – I’d like to have more. – [Interviewer] We can work on that. – You don’t like me anymore. – [Interviewer] Lady, come on. – Man! – [Interviewer] You’re my queen. – Well, prove it. – [Interviewer] I can’t
just make you do something on the charts. – You can do whatever you want. – [Interviewer] Okay. Let’s get back – You’re wearing a patch. – [Interviewer] True. The
patch can do everything. – Yes. – [Interviewer] Back
to my question though. – Yes. – [Interviewer] 38 top ten
hits but you haven’t performed 3 of them live yet. – What? – [Interviewer] I’ll Remember, This Used to Be My Playground, and Rescue Me. Just consider! Those were top 1 hits? Top 10 hits. Top 10 hits. I’ll Remember was No. 2, Rescue Me was No. 9, and uh, what was the other one? This Used to Be My Playground was No. 1! Because they’re very laid back, dreamy songs and they don’t usually go in my like Rahh Rahh Rahh ahh, you know. – [Interviewer] True. Interlude. I don’t know. Rescue Me is kinda punching. – Rescue Me is kinda dope. I’ll actually. I’ll consider that one. – [Interviewer] Thank you Madonna. – Okay. Your love has given me hope. Okay, to quote the song. – [Interviewer] The song? To quote yourself? – Yes. Yes. – [Interviewer] Well Madonna, this has been lovely. – Mmmhmm. – [Interviewer] And I wish you nothing
but the best with the new album. And look forward to seeing you on whatever that tour is that may or may not be announced soon. – Whatever dressing room I might be performing in. – [Interviewer] Sure. Interesting. – You’ll come anywhere right? – [Interviewer] Of course I will. – Small cabaret. – [Interviewer] Of course. – A stadium. – [Interviewer] There’s Starbucks down the street, I’m there. – Okay. See you there. – [Interviewer] Thank you Madonna. – Thank you.

100 Replies to “Madonna On New Album ‘Madame X,’ Working With Maluma & Swae Lee | Backstage Interview | BBMAs 2019”

  1. How stupid this looks! Bitch you have 2 eyes! I consider this an insult to people who don't. Anything for publicity and a dollar. She makes me sick.

  2. Mdm X:"yeah,so somewhere in that pop music is deep metaphysical thinking…You're wearing a patch.The patch can do everything."!!!She is the Queen because she knows ~ those X things ~ behind closed doors <3

  3. Why would you wear an eye patch if you don't need it. Really sick evil people!

  4. I am crazy to hear Madona with the amazing Brazilian singer Anitta . I love ANITTA music and Brazilian funk. Hugs from Germany

  5. Wow! I can't remember the last time I saw a good interview with Madonna. Usually, they try to get some kind of sound bite and blow it up to make it sensational. This was a straightforward interview about her process and believe it or not music! Somebody asking Madonna about music is much more compelling then about who she is dating or trying to get her to say something "outrageous."

  6. I wanna en the tour: "This Used To Be My Playground", "Nothing Really Matters", "Bedtime Story", "Angel", "Love Profusion", "American Pie", "The Power of Goodbye, "Ghosttown", "Bad Girl" and "Physical Attraction".

  7. One of her best interviews… Ive been following her and her interviews since the beginning…. she can smell a bad interview a mile away. If you have confidence, good questions and a sense of humor she will be just as awesome as she is here. Bravo to the interviewer,

  8. "He's so cute, cute is important. I'm old enough to be his grandmother, but I know he would do me. I'm Madonna after all and have a huge ego, my huge ego demands he do me. I'll be 98 years old and still calling my fans motha-fer's, and exposing my wrinkled boobs".

  9. This woman is absolutely fascinating. Highly intelligent, sharp, witty and OH so needs to be loved and adored by the world.

  10. Truly a testimony of how freakishly focused she is. “Your love has given me hope”? Come on!! She’s superhuman for always being so fast to answer with the most on point answers.

  11. Mein Gott, irgendwie erinnert sie mich an eine Borg-Drohne aus Star Trek-Voyager. Die Mutter von Seven of Nine……

  12. Evil staring right in your face!!!!  Madonna is a Satanist and worships the devil. Why people idolize celebrities I will never understand.  Hollyweird is full of nothing but pedophiles, rapists, whores, no morals or values, freaks, weirdos you name it.

  13. Great interview! "It's called 'Portrait of a Lady'. I know… a girl can dream…" 🤣🤣🤣🤣❤❤❤

  14. You know guys, Madonna is no longer a Queen, She´s oficcially the GODDESS of pop music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So , LONG LIVE THE GODDESS!!!!!!! "Crave" has the petential to rule the charts again For example Billboard top 100!! If only the readio would play her music, I´m sure she would be adding more top 5´s or even more. I just don´t get why radio stations decided to stop playing her music. let people decide!!!! Anyways Madonna is and will always be The Goddess….

  15. Madonna, you are soooooo ugly ! lol
    Nice X chromosome over the left eye; I know exactly who you are and what you're saying. You won't mock the Almighty EL much longer as you have throughout your "career". You've led many astray, and will be held accountable for it.

  16. Soy latino y fans de Madonna , pero eso no me impide comentar que no me gusta el nuevo estilo de Madonna .
    Creo que ha perdido el rumbo , no es lo que esperaba después de álbumes como Ray of light a finales de los noventas .
    Creo que ha ido a la baja, y la colaboración con Maluma es lo peor .
    Maluma no tiene nada que ver con Madonna , ni en estilo , ni calidad , ni en currículum .
    Si Madonna quisiera acercarse al mundo latino , existen muchos otros artistas de mejor calidad que Maluma , con un amplio currículum y de su estilo "pop" latino .
    Madonna , espero que solo estés pasando un proceso , y que nos vuelvas a deleitar con tu mística y tú calidad sobre el escenario .
    Bendiciones a todos .

  17. Madonna is finished. She is such a poser. What the fuck is the eye patch about? She tries so hard to be relevant but she is just a washed up media whore.

  18. BREAKING NEWS: Madonna to star as Sgt Fury in upcoming Marvel movies.as Samuel L Jackson retires from the role!

  19. Album sux. Only 1 really good song. Track 13 "I Don't search, I Find". &- 2 ok songs- Track 6 "Killers Who Are Parting" & Track 14 "Looking for Mercy".

  20. Madonna is so much more intellectual and clever than most of the "pop" artists today! She is more than a singer or even a Star: she is INSPIRATION and ENLIGHTENMENT!!

  21. Oh Yes! Crave track! She's sexier than ever hypnotic and ready to take over at a moment's notice! Beware 💜💖💜Hot Papi #Moi Calienté ♥️♥️♥️ Happy Pride🌈🌈🌈 Darling!👄🔥🔥🔥XXX🌈🌈🌈

  22. Am i right when i think that only queers and lesbians are following her those days .  giving her thumbs up .

  23. You tube a certain sacrifise ft fraudonna satanists like this lost soul do anything for.money and this 21 century fraud is an example RIP planet x

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