Madonna thinks all modern music ‘sounds the same’

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Madonna gave her take on today’s music industry, saying everything “sounds the same”.

Last week (August 1), Madonna confirmed that her new album will be released by the end of the year, following 2015’s ‘Rebel Heart’.

Now, in a new interview with Vogue Italia, the pop icon has expressed concern over the stereotypical approach of artists today.

“Everything is so formulaic, and every song has 20 guest artists, and everyone sounds the same,” she said of the music industry.

The singer recently moved to Lisbon so her 12-year-old son, David Banda, can pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. She says her new hometown created a culture shift that inspired the direction of the new album.

“In Alfama you will hear people singing and playing fado music everywhere,” she continued. “There are these weekly sessions called parlor sessions that appear in the beautiful homes of people who are 500 years old, and you walk up the marble steps lined with candles into the parlor which is also dimly lit by candles.

“And there’s this rolling, very intimate performance where people are acting, singing, reciting poetry.” She added that the Portuguese seem to play out of sheer passion, rather than financial incentive like today’s pop stars.

“It’s like a living room; something that doesn’t really exist in many places anymore – people elsewhere say, ‘Call my manager, that’s the price I charge,'” she said. “I’m pretty sure people in Lisbon would do these shows without getting paid, they just do them for the love of what they do, and to me, that’s glorious and inspiring.”

The singer has been teasing new material for a few months. In May, she posted what appeared to be the cover art for a single or project with the title “Beautiful Game”.

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