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Madonna: My album will break the pattern thanks to Lisbon’s music scene

Madonna explains why her new album will be out of the box thanks to Lisbon‘s music scene. And we cannot help from being excited!

Talking with Vogue Italia for their exclusive August issue, Madonna reveals that, not only Lisbon was a rich palette for her to paint with on her upcoming album, but it was also and most of all “a nice antidote to what’s going on in the music business now where everything’s so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists on it, and everyone sounds the same.”

“I’ve just met lots of really amazing musicians, and I’ve ended up working with a lot of these musicians on my new record,” says Madonna.

Lisbon has influenced my music and my work.

Then Madonna explained why Lisbon‘s music scene is so different and unique.

“In Alfama, you’ll hear people singing and playing fado music everywhere,” she adds. “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.”

“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.” 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.”

“On any given night you’ll get a phone call saying these musicians are performing at this house, come by at 11 – everything happens late in Lisbon. Sometimes there would be food, other times there would just be port to drink. (…) Sometimes there would be gypsies flamenco dancing, and a lot of times there would be people playing the music of Cesária Évora, and who knew her.”