Madonna: I Was 'Provocative' at 13
Material Girl looks back on success, talks Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2009 10:40 AM CDT
In this photo taken Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, Madonna performs during her concert in Sofia, Bulgaria.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Madonna is still making headlines 25 years after telling Dick Clark she planned “to rule the world” on American Bandstand. She looks back at the past three decades with Rolling Stone, revealing her first “provocative performance” as a seventh grader, her life as a “geek” in high school, and her worst fashion moment—“the purple lipstick, fluorescent-green sweater combo.” The Material Girl also offers up her thoughts on today’s stars:

  • Lady Gaga: “I see myself in Lady Gaga. When I saw her, she didn’t have a lot of money for her production. She's got holes in her fishnets, and there's mistakes everywhere. It was kind of a mess, but I can see that she has that IT Factor. It's nice to see that at a raw stage.”
  • Justin Timberlake: “Justin is a brilliant songwriter. I mean, ‘What Goes Around…..Comes Around?’ Brilliant. I thought it would be a challenge to work with him. He's sort of a Cary Grant. I love him. I love working with him.”
  • Eminem: “I wanted to work with Eminem. I don't think he wanted to work with me. Maybe he's shy.”