Madonna has urged her fans not to listen to leaked versions of tracks from her upcoming album ‘Rebel Heart’.
14 leaked demos emerged online earlier this month with the pop singer comparing the incident to ‘terrorism’ and ‘artistic rape’. Speaking of the leak, Madonna previously said: “These are early leaked demo’s half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?”.
Now, however, Madonna has taken to Instagram to urge her fans not to listen to the leaked tracks, writing: “Real Rebels think for themselves! Real Rebels respect ART! Real Rebels are Rebels in their ❤️ #rebelheart”.
The singer also recently defended herself against criticism that her comparing the leak to ‘rape’ was insensitive.
“Obviously there is a person, or a group of people behind this that were essentially terrorising me,” the singer told The Guardian. “I don’t want to sound alarming, but certainly that’s how I felt. It’s one thing if someone comes into your house and steals a painting off your wall: that’s also a violation, but, your work, as an artist, that’s devastating. I’m an artistic person, I’m very expressive. I’m sorry if words alarm people, but that’s what it felt like. It was not a consensual agreement. I did not say ‘hey, here’s my music, and it’s finished.’ It was theft.”
The 56-year-old is currently working on a follow up to her 2012 album ‘MDNA’, with Alicia Keys, Diplo, Ariel Pink and Swedish DJ Avicii among her recent collaborators.