Madonna Addresses Demo Leaks, Talks "Crazy" Sony Hack: The Net "Is a Double-Edged Sword"

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"It's crazy times" the queen of pop tells Billboard

A day after Madonna dropped six new songs from her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart, onto iTunes, the queen of pop spoke to Billboard about the circumstances surrounding her decision to surprise-release the music.

Explaining the safety precautions she and her team take when working on new tracks, she revealed that songs are kept on hard drives "hand-carried to people." Added Madonna: "We're not on the Internet, we don't work in a way where anybody can access the information. ... We have photo shoots or video shoots, and everyone has to leave their phone at the door. I mean, unfortunately, it sucks, but that's the way it is. That's how leaks happen."

Indeed, Madonna sees a parallel in the massive Sony hack and her own experience, which she characterized as "artistic rape" on Instagram on Dec. 18. Speaking to Billboard, she referenced Sony Pictures by offering her take: "It's just the age that we're living in. It's crazy times. The Internet is as constructive and helpful in bringing to people together as it is in doing dangerous things and hurting people. It's a double-edged sword."

That being said, the call made to release six songs have thrown the Madonna operation into "overdrive," which she sees as a good thing. "We're having to think outside the box. Think on our feet," she added.

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