Madonna has claimed boredom was the precursor to stepping into the studio recently. The superstar singer has said she made her most recent albums ‘reluctantly’ and while she was trying to get something else made – such as a film.
The 60-year-old singer – who has children Lourdes, 22, Rocco, 18, David, 13, Mercy, also 13, and six-year-old twins Estere and Stelle – was instead planning to make a new movie but found herself back in the recording studio when she was bored of raising the funds for the film project. Asked how she suddenly finds herself with ideas and knows it’s time to make an album, she told Mojo magazine: ‘Sometimes that happens. But it has definitely not happened in the last… three records.
‘Honestly, the last couple of albums, I’ve made them reluctantly. ‘Both times I was trying to do something else – get a film made. ‘That happened on this record too. I moved to Lisbon because I wanted my son [David] to be able to attend a soccer academy and then I was trying to raise money for a film and then I got bored waiting and then I ended up making a record.’
There are times, according to Madonna, when she simply had to record music, when she had ‘lots of ideas stirring’ in the melon and a ‘burning desire’ to release a record. ‘Ray of Light would be one’, she said, before adding Like A Prayer was also on the list.
‘But my life was simpler then. Like A Prayer – I was married to Sean [Penn] and I had no children and my life was very simple. ‘Ray of Light, I had my daughter, but again, I didn’t have such a complicated life.
Now my life is complicated.’ Still, you can’t fault the woman for putting her mind to her music once she gets in the studio because her time is so limited, as she rattled off her busy life: ‘…Taking care of six children and they live in three different countries and you’re doing other jobs and taking care of other people.’
The Madame X singer said she’s been working ‘for years’ on a screenplay and is also in line to direct. She was recently forced to defend the music video to her song God Control, which appeared to show explicit scenes of a nightclub shooting, which left survivors of the 2016 Pulse shooting ‘traumatised’.
The track depicts someone opening fire with a machine gun in a brightly coloured disco. The singer later defended the video choice, seeing it as a call to action for those in charge to take notice.
She told People: ‘Seeing the reality, and the brutality of things makes you wake up. This is really happening. This is what it looks like. ‘Does it make you feel bad? Good, ’cause then maybe you will do something about it.’