Madonna Blasts Today’s Artists: “Everything’s so Formulaic. Everyone Sounds the Same”

Madonna is not a fan of today’s music, this much she has made known in the latest issue of Vogue Italia.

Asked about what she thinks of the music churn out by today’s artists, the Material Girl crooner dismissive their creations as “formulaic.”

“Everything’s so formulaic,” said Madonna who reveals she’s working on a record heavily inspired by Portuguese sounds, adding, “Every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same.”

She also richly about Portugal and the people and culture, and things she’s borrowing for her new music, saying:

“It’s also a very Catholic country, which suits me just fine. It reminds me of Cuba in the way that people don’t have a lot, but you can open the door to anyone’s house, go on the street corner, and you’re always going to hear music. In Alfama, you’ll hear people singing and playing fado music everywhere. There are these weekly sessions called living room sessions which pop up in people’s beautiful homes that are 500 years old, and you walk up the marble steps which are lined with candles into the living room which is also dimly lit with candles, and there’s this rolling, very intimate performance happening where people play, they sing, they recite poetry. It’s like a salon; something which doesn’t really exist in many places anymore – people elsewhere say, “Call my manager, this is how much I charge.” I’m pretty sure in Lisbon people would do these shows and not get paid, they just do them for the love of what they do, and for me, this is glorious and inspiring. I try to introduce this to my visiting friends, as on any given night you’ll get a phone call saying these musicians are performing at this house, come by at 11 – everything happens late in Lisbon. Sometimes there would be food, other times there would just be port to drink. Usually, all the doors would be open and depending on where you are, you can look across the River Tagus to the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes there would be gypsies flamenco dancing, and a lot of times there would be people playing the music of Cesária Évora [editor’s note, a famous Cape Verdean singer], and who knew her. You’ll always hear lots of fado and lots of kuduro music from Angola. A lot of jazz also – old school jazz, which is pretty cool. I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record, so Lisbon has influenced my music and my work. How could it not? I don’t see how I could have gone through that year without being informed by all this input of culture.”

You can read the rest of the interview here.



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