Madonna Talks Ageism and Sharing the Throne

Madonna will be appearing on the March edition of Rolling Stone, and the musician also sat down for a candid interview about her experiences in the realm of pop music. The cover of the publication features a closely cropped headshot of a fresh-faced (but red-lipped) Madonna.  This is the first time the pop star has covered the pages of the magazine since 2009, but Madonna has covered Rolling Stone more than any other female in the history of the publication. The photoshoot and accompanying interview will be part of Madonna’s promotional plan for the release of her upcoming studio album, Rebel Heart.

In the pages of the magazine, Madonna discusses her relationship with fellow female musicians, especially Lady Gaga. In the past, the two musicians have been involved in a feud that started when Lady Gaga released “Born This Way,” which Madonna felt too closely resembled her “Express Yourself.” In an iconic moment, Madonna referred to Gaga as “reductive,” and went on to perform a medley of the two songs on her MDNA tour. Regarding the feud, Madonna claims that it “is really boring, quite frankly.” She goes on to explain “I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing,” when asked if she was afraid that Lady Gaga was coming for her title as Queen of Pop. The iconic musician revealed that she recognizes her accomplishments, but she doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight. “Well I do think of myself as a queen, but I don’t think I’m the only queen. There’s room for other queens. We reign over different kingdoms.”

Madonna went on to explore ageism in pop music, something that the 56 year old musician is familiar with. Recently, BBC Radio 1 commented that they would not be streaming Madonna’s “Living For Love,” because she was too old for their demographic. The musician claims that ageism is one of the most prevalent forms of discrimination in music sphere currently, and that it mostly affects female musicians. Currently, Paul McCartney is still getting spins on Radio 1 for his collaborations with Kanye West and Rihanna. Although she may be expected to silence herself and behave in a way that is appropriate for her age, Madonna refuses. “I don’t follow the rules. I never did, and I’m not going to start.”

Madonna’s Rebel Heart album is set for release on March 6, 2015. The musician has had a rocky start to the era, after a series of leaks released the entirety of the album to the general public in various stages of completion. After the leaks happened, Madonna likened the invasion of privacy to artistic rape and terrorism. In an effort to resolve the problem, she moved up her album’s release date and made several tracks available in their finalized forms.  Since then, Madonna has taken the stage at the Grammys and is expected to perform at the BRIT Awards today.

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