The normally social media-shy Madonna embraced the massive Facebook audience yesterday by sitting down with Jimmy Fallon at FB HQ for an interview that was livestreamed online. Maddy and Jimmy discussed a range of topics, leading up to tomorrow’s official release of her new album M.D.N.A. Click below to see some photos of Madonna and Jimmy at yesterday’s Facebook event and watch the entire 24 minute interview in full.
Madonna chatted with Jimmy Fallon Saturday evening, but it wasn’t on the set of NBC’s “Late Night.” The pop star was interviewed during a live stream on her Facebook page to take questions from fans and to promote her 12th studio album, “MDNA.” The album will be released Monday. In a strategy that has been praised for avoiding overexposure, Madonna has been noticeably absent from the talk show and magazine circuit, and has instead been promoting new songs and behind-the-scenes videos online. According to Fallon, the Facebook stream would be her only promotional interview ahead of the album’s release. “What if it doesn’t work out?” Fallon joked of the interview. “You’re Madonna. But did you think about my career?” After getting some dance instruction, Fallon turned to Madonna’s upcoming tour, asking if fans would see elements from her bombastic Super Bowl halftime show. “I don’t want to repeat myself. I did that already,” Madonna said. Madonna wouldn’t reveal which songs would be performed during the MDNA tour, but did say she likes her shows to be divided into acts. The first act of the upcoming tour will be titled “Transgression.” “I like to have a theme for my show and create a dramatic arc,” Madonna said. “Then I try to make the songs fit within that arc.” On why she chose M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj as collaborators for the album, Madonna said: “Because they’re badass bitches. They’re both smart, clever. They have strength. They don’t just play on their sexuality.” The 53-year-old pop icon also told Fallon rehearsals for the tour have been “violent.” “I’m covered in bruises right now,” Madonna said. Madonna kicks off her tour in Israel May 29, with U.S. dates following in August.
I love that Madonna made it clear that she does not like to repeat herself … she leaves that to lesser, more reductive pop wannabes :) As you may recall, we got to hear Madonna‘s Sirius XM interview last week and like this Facebook chat, she was very relaxed … and personable. I love it. I’ve been listening to M.D.N.A. on repeat for a few days (fyi, I was sent an official promo copy for review) now and I have to say, I grow to love it with each listen. While I think I still prefer Confessions on a Dancefloor slightly, M.D.N.A. is a fantastic record. I can’t wait for all y’all to hear it, too. As for this Facebook chat, it was very cool .. yeah?