Madonna has decided to compare herself to the legendary artist Pablo Picasso, and she doesn’t seem to care who knows. Although she’s well past her pop star prime at age 56, Madonna says she still has plenty to get off her chest. This is where the Pablo Picasso comparison comes in.
According to Page Six, Madonna said, “I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so. Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that’s how I feel.”
Madonna got started in the industry when she released her first album in 1983. Her latest album was released earlier this year titled Rebel Heart. Although the reviews were lackluster, and she didn’t make number one on the Billboard charts, Madonna says she doesn’t see her expiration date coming anytime soon. She stated, “I don’t think there’s a time, a date, and expiration date for being creative. I think you go until you don’t have any more to say.”
It sounds like Madonna isn’t close to retiring as she has plenty to say. While promoting her album, the pop icon pointed to her Grammy performance and called the headlines shaming her ageist.
“B***h, this is what my ass looks like — show me what your ass looks like when you’re 56. I take care of myself. I’m in good shape. I can show my ass when I’m 56, or 66 — or 76. Who’s to say when I can show my ass? It’s sexism. It’s ageism. And it’s a kind of discrimination.”
Of her upcoming Rebel Heart tour, she said, “The theme I really truly explore in this show more than anything is love and romance. I want people to walk out like they’re feeling inspired and like they’ve seen something they’ve never seen before (and) felt something they’ve never felt before.”
As far as picking her set list goes, that’s a bit tricky for Madonna, who has hits upon hits that fans expect her to sing.
“I realize I have 32 years of other songs, so I have to pick and choose. I sit there for weeks and weeks and weeks trying to figure out which of my old catalog I want to do. It’s a puzzle that we have to put together ’cause thematically the songs — the old and the new — they have to go together; sonically they have to go together.”
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