Diplo could talk endlessly about the stars he’s worked with — Beyoncé, Usher, Bruno Mars — or just the ones he sees regularly (he and Calvin Harris use the same gym in LA). But it was working with Madonna, who recruited him for 2015’s Rebel Heart, that felt like a major tipping point. ‘Even on the first day she was not having my bulls***,’ he smiles. ‘I could not be on my phone — with Madonna, it’s serious work.’ It seems to have paid off, however: Madonna recruited him again for her latest album, Madame X, released earlier this year.
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