Madonna: ‘I’m not a control freak’

Pop icon says she's a lot more collaborative than people think

Madonna has insisted that she isn’t a “control freak” in the studio.

The Queen of Pop, who is set to release her new studio album ‘MDNA’ on March 26, told Sirius Radio that she had garnered an undeserved reputation as an artist who liked to be in total control, but the truth was that she couldn’t work on her own.

Madonna, who has recruited the likes of MIA, Nicki Minaj, Mika and LMFAO for ‘MDNA’, said: “You know, I hate to use the word ‘control’ so much, because people use and bandy that word about with me, when it comes to my creative life. Everyone says ‘Oh you’re a control freak and you like to be in control.’ The thing is, everything I do, even my songwriting, I’m collaborating at all times. I value input from people, and I want it.”


She went on to add:

I can’t work on my own. I am not Prince or like a lot of artists, who can go in and play every instrument, and record a track, and not hear from people. I need to hear what people think all the time.

Madonna has released a series of snippets of tracks from ‘MDNA’ online in the lead-up to the album’s release – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to hear previews of ‘I Don’t Give A’ and ‘Falling Free’.

The singer is set to play shows at London’s Hyde Park on July 17 and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on July 21. The dates are part of a full world tour, which kicks off on May 29 in Tel Aviv and runs until November 17, when the singer will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.