Last year, [artist id="1098"]Madonna[/artist] turned 50, and now she's fast approaching the three-decade mark of her music career, a span during which she's sold more than 200 million records and become the most successful female artist ever. In the midst of her Sticky & Sweet Tour — at $408 million in sales, the highest-grossing solo tour in history — the superstar sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about her past hits and scandals, her collaborations that never worked out and how she has coped with her divorce from director Guy Ritchie last year.
"What can I say? It was a challenging year," she said about the breakup. "I think work saved me, and I'm very grateful that I had work to do. I may have thrown myself off a building, Life is an adjustment. It's different. My sons aren't with me right now, they're with their father, and I'm not comfortable with the idea of my children not living together."
While Madge professed that she refuses to "apologize for anything" that's happened in her career, from nude pictorials to scandalous performances, she does have a few regrets, including an attempted collaboration with [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] that never worked out.
"I wanted to work with Eminem," she revealed. "I don't think he wanted to work with me. Maybe he's shy."
But the Queen of Pop has had more than enough successful creative partnerships throughout her career, including with songwriters on early hits "Material Girl" and "Like a Virgin."
"I liked them both because they were ironic and provocative at the same time but also unlike me," she explained. "I am not a materialistic person, and I certainly wasn't a virgin, and, by the way, how can you be like a virgin? I liked the play on words, I thought they were clever. They're so geeky, they're cool."
When it comes to writing her own material, Madonna confessed that she's a terrible arbiter of what will become a hit. "I've never been a good judge of what things are going to be huge or not," she said. "The songs that I think are the most retarded songs I've written, like 'Cherish' and 'Sorry,' a pretty big hit off my last album, end up being the biggest hits. 'Into the Groove' is another song I feel retarded singing, but everybody seems to like it."