Disclosure have addressed the reason why their potential collaboration with Madonna failed to surface.

Rumours began last year that the British dance duo were working with the pop star after Madonna posted a picture of herself with the pair backstage at the Governors Ball festival in New York during June 2014. While Disclosure denied that they were producing Madonna’s next album (‘Rebel Heart’, which was released in March), they didn’t at the time rule out a potential collaboration with the singer in the future.

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Now, speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, the electronic duo explained that they “did discuss maybe working together” but “[we] never really got our hopes up”.

“We never really had any indication that we were going to be working together,” Howard Lawrence said. “We met her and hung out and she’s a lovely person and she’s a fan – and I mean, who’s not a fan of Madonna? We did discuss maybe working together one day but we never tried to put dates in or anything like that. But I wouldn’t say we were disappointed because we never really got our hopes up.”

Meanwhile, Disclosure have also promised that “big names” will appear on their forthcoming second album. Lawrence stated that they only collaborate with an artist “if we’re a fan of their music in the first place”. He added: “We’ve got the opportunity to work with some really big names now, but we’ve turned down a lot of amazing people because they’re not necessarily what we’re about. It doesn’t matter if someone’s famous or not; if we’re not into them, we’re not into them.”

The UK duo are currently preparing their second album for release, recently sharing lead single ‘Holding On’.

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