Every year on August 16th, the queers, the girls, and the allies unite to mark the birth of one Madonna Louise Ciccone. 2021 has been a standout year for Madame X, whose much-discussed Pride celebration in New York City—you just had to be there—pushed her decades-long commitment to allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community still further (she also schooled a certain rapper who posted vicious comments about victims of HIV/AIDS). This week, M announced that she was celebrating the 40th anniversary of her 1982 recording debut by inking a new deal with Warner Music, her original label. The agreement includes the reissue of a number of albums and compilations—still undisclosed— all curated by the Material Girl herself.

In light of the new agreement, we’re revisiting Madonna’s 2001 interview with Ingrid Sischy, our former Editor-in-Chief, conducted after the release of Music (2001), the artist’s critically-acclaimed eighth studio album. Music, which followed in the wake of 1998’s hit-studded record Ray of Light, boasts an abundance of country and pop-informed songs that shaped zeitgeist of the late-’90s, like “What It Feels Like for a Girl” and “Impressive Instant.” Read an excerpt from the interview below, and feast your eyes on, well, Madonna.

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