Women in Music 2016

Diplo on Madonna: 'No One Seems to Want Her to Succeed'

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Diplo and Madonna attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. 

According to Diplo, Madonna's not getting a fair shake these days. He said, despite her immense influence on pop music and culture today, it seems no one wants her to succeed now. 

"She created the world we live in," he told Rolling Stone. "It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed -- 'Madonna, we've been there, done that, now we're about Kim Kardashian.'"

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The producer and DJ continued, turning attention directly to her new album, Rebel Heart, on which he produced a number of tracks, including the new single, "Bitch I'm Madonna."

"Her song 'Ghosttown' was a guaranteed Number One for anybody else, but she didn't get a fair shot," he said. "With 'Bitch I'm Madonna,' everyone said there's no way it will go anywhere, but I'm like, 'Screw it, it represents you more than anything.'"

Diplo also touched on his relationships with Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift

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About the Bieber-featuring "Where R U Now," from his Jack Ü collaboration with Skrillex, he said the singer had been "stuck in a rut where he has to do a certain thing because of his fan base.... Bieber's personal life is whatever it is — he's a rich kid and he's pretty much gonna have to be a jerk. But he's respectful to me, and he has that weird gene where he's good at everything: better at basketball than me, better at drums. For us it's more like an art project where you utilize his voice."

And he added that the beef with Swift has been officially squashed, following his comments about her "booty" last year. 

"I saw her at the Grammys and she was super nice and cool," he said. "Her fans loved the beef, though. That's all they have — they don't have, like, real things going on. It's still startling when these artists pay attention to my Twitter. Like, Ed Sheeran unfollowed me when I said something about Taylor — I can't believe these people even know who I am."

Read the full interview here.