She says her album leak may have originated from her own personal computer.
Madonna has responded to criticism directed at her after she described the leak of her new album as “artistic rape”. The singer said that she is “sorry if words alarm people,” but added that she has been “living in a state of terror” since her new material started to surface online. She told the Guardian that there is “a big possibility” that the leak originated from her own personal computer. “Obviously there is a person, or a group of people behind this that were essentially terrorizing me. I don’t want to sound alarming, but certainly that’s how I felt.”It’s one thing if someone comes into your house and steals a painting off your wall: that’s also a violation, but, your work, as an artist, that’s devastating. She continued: “I’m an artistic person, I’m very expressive. I’m sorry if words alarm people, but that’s what it felt like. It was not a consensual agreement. I did not say, ‘Hey, here’s my music, and it’s finished.’ It was theft.” On how the leak affected her, Madonna said: “You have to rethink your approach to making music, how to get the information back and forth to people, how to work in a more secure environment. It’s alarming. Alarming because what do we do as artists? “We want to finish writing our book or editing our film, we want to finish writing or producing our music. People need the arts, we need to be inspired, we need to hear people’s records and see people’s films. Why destroy that process for creative people? It’s going to affect everybody.” Following the leak, Madonna released six new songs on iTunes and announced that her new album Rebel Heart will be released in March. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,” she said in a statement.