Madonna has given her thoughts on today’s music industry, claiming that everything ‘sounds the same’.
Last week (Aug 1), Madonna confirmed that her new album will be released by the end of this year, following on from 2015’s ‘Rebel Heart’.
Now in a new interview with Vogue Italia, the pop icon has voiced her concern over the formulaic approach of artists today.
“Everything’s so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same,” she said of the music business.
The singer recently moved to Lisbon so her 12-year-old son, David Banda could chase his dream of becoming a professional football player. She says her new hometown created a culture shift that inspired the direction for the new album.
“In Alfama, you’ll hear people singing and playing fado music everywhere,” she continued. “There are these weekly sessions called living room sessions which pop up in people’s beautiful homes that are 500 years old, and you walk up the marble steps which are lined with candles into the living room which is also dimly lit with candles.
“And there’s this rolling, very intimate performance happening where people play, they sing, they recite poetry.” She added that the Portuguese seem to perform out of pure passion, rather than financial incentive like the pop stars of today.
“It’s like a salon; something which doesn’t really exist in many places anymore – people elsewhere say, ‘Call my manager, this is how much I charge,'” she said. “I’m pretty sure in Lisbon people would do these shows and not get paid, they just do them for the love of what they do, and for me, this is glorious and inspiring.”
The singer has been teasing new material for the past few months. Back in May, she posted what appeared to be cover art for a single or project which carries the title ‘Beautiful Game’.