A lesser mortal, or star, might have needed some down time after falling off the stage at the BRIT Awards. But Madonna, 56, simply untwisted herArmani cape and got on with the show. After all, the pop icon had a new album to promote: Rebel Heart, out Tuesday, featuring contributions from Kanye West, Avicii, Diplo, Nicki Minaj and Nas, to drop a few names. Madonna chatted with USA TODAY about the recording, as well as her children and art and Instagram.
Q: You took quite a tumble the other day. How are you feeling?
A: I’m fine. I had a tiny bit of whiplash. My head hit the floor and snapped my neck a little bit. But I didn’t hurt any other part of my body, strangely enough — I sustained no bruises or cuts.
Q: You’ve been keeping busy, certainly. You worked with an eclectic group of collaborators for Rebel Heart.
A: Lots of people I’d never met before, though certainly people whose work I knew. Usually, with an album, I choose a producer and it takes us a few weeks to get to know each other, and then the chemistry starts to percolate. In this circumstance I kind of got thrown into lots of groups of songwriters. Some people I had direct synergy with…I felt so rejuvenated just in the simple act of writing music. I felt like I was back in New York, in Queens, where I picked up a guitar and wrote my first song. Ideas flowed simply out of me.
Q: There’s been talk about how sexually graphic some of the songs are, but they’re also pretty emotionally raw. We’re reminded that love and sex can work in tandem.