Nile Rodgers on Madonna's early diva days

Producer Nile Rodgers publishes "Le Freak" this week: a sort of memoirs in which he reflects on his famous collaborations, including the one with Madonna / on her "Like A Prayer" album.

 Madonna was exhibiting diva-like behavior long before she became a household name. Among the many recording studio anecdotes was one detailed recounting of Rodgers' time working with Madonna on her 1984 breakout album, Like A Virgin. "Madonna's superintense let's-get-down-to-business attitude sometimes rubbed people the wrong way," he writes. "One day, Madonna's insult slinging went too far. Our assistant had the temerity to go to the bathroom, and she freaked out on him.... 'Where the fuck is he going?' she said loudly enough that he could clearly hear. Unsatisfied, that she's made her point, she then let off a fusillade from her usual arsenal of one-liners: "Time is money, and the money is mine.'" Rodgers confronted the would-be pop star and the argument turned so heated, he quit the record for what would turn out to be "the shortest producer strike in history."


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