Madonna reels in Kanye to finish album

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Madonna reels in Kanye to finish album

NEW YORK - Madonna had to pull a Kanye West on Kanye West to get the rapper-producer to focus in the studio.

West co-produced a number of tracks on Madonna’s new album, “Rebel Heart,’’ and the pop icon said she had to reel in the outspoken performer at times.

“Just think about his personality, which is engaging,’’ she said with a smile during a recent interview. “He’s highly intelligent and very aware about what’s going on in the world, easily distracted, sometimes it was hard to get him to focus because he’s like Mr. Multi-tasker and he’s got a lot of moving parts.’’

“Sometimes I had to stand in front of the door like this, ‘You’re not going anywhere! We have to finish this song right now,’’’ she added, folding her arms.

Madonna’s sternness worked: her 13th album, “Rebel Heart,’’ released Tuesday, is one of her most critically acclaimed efforts in years. Time magazine’s review praised it as her “most consistent album in a decade. The Los Angeles Times said it “lands solidly and with great grace on its feet,’’ and USA Today gave it 3.5 out of four stars.

The album didn’t come without hiccups: It was leaked last year and Madonna had to quickly release nine of the 19 tracks (aspiring singer Adi Lederman was placed under house arrest in Israel on suspicion of hacking into Madonna’s computer). A fall last month at the Brit Awards also took the focus off her music, though Madonna says she’s doing fine. And the singer faced criticism when she posted Instagram photos of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela that were altered to look like her own image on her new album.

The 56-year-old said too many celebrities immediately apologize after being criticized on social media.

“I think that people probably apologize more than they have to,’’ she said. “I think that people should stick to their guns and if you have any opinion about something, stick to it. Maybe you have to explain it further, not apologize for it, but elaborate on it.’’


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