In a recent interview with Sirius Radio, Madonna revealed that despite her reputation for craving control, she actually values collaboration very highly in her creative process.
“You know, I hate to use the word ‘control’ so much, because people use and bandy that word about with me, when it comes to my creative life,” she said. “Everyone says ‘Oh you’re a control freak and you like to be in control.’ The thing is, everything I do, even my songwriting, I’m collaborating at all times. I value input from people, and I want it.”
Madonna continued by differentiating her album-recording process from other musicians, saying, “I can’t work on my own. I am not Prince or like a lot of artists, who can go in and play every instrument, and record a track, and not hear from people. I need to hear what people think all the time.”
Why do you think Madonna has such a long-standing reputation for being a control freak in the studio, considering her latest statements?