Update #1 -
Beside what Billboard posted yesterday as a preview, we can now read some more interesting info. Billboard reports that Madonna’s upcoming album is expected to be released this fall!
"I think three [tracks] are just like amazing, smashes."
Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid have been in the studio with Madonna for three sessions in New York so far, and are clearly psyched about how the tracks are coming along. Madonna gravitated to the hook of a track that Diplo crafted with MNEK, a London songwriter who worked on the Disclosure album. When it became a Madonna song, Ariel Rechtshaid and MNEK went back into the studio to work out the verses.
Right when Billboard’s Jonathan Ringen met Diplo for the cover story, Diplo’s phone rang. He answered it, joke-barking, “What do you want?” and then, before the person on the other end could speak, said, “Stop being a little bitch.” The next moment he turned serious. “Are you going to be in the studio? I need to get some stuff from you. Text me when I can meet you tonight.”
It was Ariel Rechtshaid, and Diplo was trying to reach him to discuss four or five songs they’re working on for Madonna’s next album, especially that track crafted with MNEK.
“That’s what I was talking to Ariel about,” says Diplo. “I need those verses. I want to wrap that up. That song is on like version 20. It went from a piano ballad to a ‘Turn Down for What’-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle, which is a more pop record.”
Diplo is featured on this week’s cover of Billboard magazine and talks about his collaboration with Madonna!
Diplo has joined Madonna for three studio sessions so far…
"One [song] is super weird. Late one night in the studio we got a little bit drunk and she improvised a little hook and we made a song out of it. I think it’s going to be a breakthrough if she can manage to get everything together and get it out properly."
One of the in-the-works Madonna tracks has unwittingly evolved into a big pop record…
"That song is on like version 20. It went from a piano ballad to a ‘Turn Down for What’-style song, which I didn’t like. Now it’s somewhere in the middle."
Ariel Rechtshaid and MNEK are also involved. Rechtshaid, who has collaborated with Vampire Weekend and Sky Ferreira, and MNEK, the London songwriter who worked on Disclosure’s album, have gone into the studio to work out the verses of a song that Madonna has taken a shine to. Rechtshaid has joined Diplo and Madonna for their studio sessions.
What does Madonna drink when she gets drunk in the studio?
"Rosé. It was nice. I don’t think she really drinks, either."
Madonna invited Diplo to her Oscar party… but he couldn’t make it. Still, the pair began texting, and Diplo sent Madonna over some music. Madge took the production more seriously than Diplo could have imagined.
"She wrote me back like a 20-page text, notes about all these songs."