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Madonna's Exclusive 'Global Listening Party' on and AOL's Online Chat Attracts Tens of Thousands of Fans...and Here's What She Had to Say...

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DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2000

Last night, tens of thousands of fans logged on to for the world premiere of Madonna's highly anticipated new album "Music" and then participated in Madonna's first live online chat on America Online (NYSE: AOL).

Questions were taken from both the AOL and the Web audiences throughout the evening. The online discussion covered a wide range of topics including Madonna's new album, life with her kids, fashion, e-mail and much more... The following are just some of the highlights:

What's really behind the "MUSIC" according to Madonna?

"To join the coldness or the remoteness of living in the machine age in the world of high technology with warmth and compassion and a sense of humor. But not get too sappy - got it."

"Music is supposed to be a reflection of what's going on in society, and as far as I'm concerned, we've become too complacent.

What was the hardest song to write?

"Impressive Instant."

Do you see your new album as a recreation of your older music or is this all new to you?

"It's new, but it's that I am the sum total of what I am. I've brought in elements from my past."

What music is Madonna listening to now?

"I listen to a lot of ambient music, which my boyfriend hates because he says it sounds like the record's skipping all the time."

Who in particular?

"Gavin Bayers and William Orbit's classical music CD"

What does Madonna listen to when she's practicing yoga?

"Nusrat Fatel Ali Khan"

On being a mother and role model:

What's it like to be a singer and a mom?

"It's like being pulled from every cell and nerve fiber and every's invigorating and exhausting."

How do you feel about being a good role model for children? "I think it's a compliment and an honor."

When you're depressed --- if ever --- who do you think of?

"My children."

If one of her children wanted to be a singer...

"If that's what they want... why not?"

Do Madonna and Lourdes sing together?

"Absolutely! We sing Britney Spears songs together."

On taking care of herself:

Is there any special thing or place that inspires. What do you do to re-generate or re-invigorate yourself creatively, mentally, spiritually?

"I like to put myself into situation where all I do is read books, watch movies, go to museums, and have dinner with interesting people suppose that's what I was doing waiting for the birth of my son. And now I'm full!"

What would you want more of? "More free time, more sleep."

On Fashion:

What's with that cowboy hat?

"The cowboy hat represents a real kind of one with nature and animals and all-American, and I think it's an ironic twist when you consider how much synthesizer there is on the album."

In fashion, we're seeing the 70s again: embroidered denim. Would you be there? "Cool, then I'm right there with the times, keeping up with the Joneses"

On Email:

Dare we ask: do you use AOL?

"Yeah, I use AOL!"

How many emails a day?

"50 emails a day"

What's in store for the future?:

Do you plan on doing any more movies in the near future?

" if I can find a script that's good enough, I'd love to [do another movie in the future]. But I want to be as revolutionary in my movies as I am in my music -- that's pretty hard. Most scripts are pretty bad."

Any plans to sing in Spanish again?

"Absolutely. Probably I will do a Spanish version of my third single."

On AOL, fans will be able to access transcripts of the chat in its entirety at AOL Keyword: Transcripts.
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