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Madonna explains why she won’t sell her catalog of songs

Madonna may be a music trailblazer, but there’s one trend she won’t be jumping on anytime soon.

Despite A-list artists from Bruce Springsteen and Sting to Justin Timberlake and Bob Dylan having unloaded their music catalogs for exorbitant sums in recent years, the “Like a Prayer” singer won’t be joining them.

“These are my songs. Ownership is everything, isn’t it?” she said in a recent interview with Variety. “I mean, that’s why [manager Guy Oseary is] purchase [NFTs].”

Although Madonna, 63, doesn’t want to sell her catalog, she’s certainly not averse to enriching it. The “Material Girl” singer said she’s currently looking for “interesting and fun ways” to re-release her catalog and “introduce my music to a new generation.”

“All of this with ‘Frozen’ was so much fun, but I woke up one day and was like, ‘I’m sick of living in the past!'” she said. “I want to go back on tour, I’m a creature of the scene. This is my happy place.”

A Sickick remix of Madonna’s 1998 hit “Frozen” with Fireboy DML went viral on TikTok last year, and the star capitalized on the surge in popularity by officially releasing the remix in December.

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“I was like, ‘Hey, wait a minute. What’s this? This is my song,'” the star told PEOPLE in May. “It all happened by divine inspiration, I guess, because once I heard them, I wanted to do more and make new versions of them that different people were singing and doing their take on.”

she went out Finally enough love, a 16-track remix collection that explores her dominance on the Billboard Dance Club chart — where she landed a record 50 No. 1 singles — for more than 40 years, in June. An extended version of the compilation featuring versions of the top 50 songs will be released on August 19.

“From where I started, making music in my apartment on the Lower East Side and then having to go to a recording studio to record it, where I am now and how I worked, it was a good lesson in how music has changed and how we make music has changed, how we listen to music has changed,” she said in May. “It was kind of a historical education, listening to my own remixes.”

As 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Madonna’s recording debut, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is gearing up for what’s next. The star announced a partnership with Warner Music Group in August 2021 which gives WMG representation of all of his work, including 17 studio albums plus singles, soundtrack recordings, live albums and compilations.

A statement announcing the partnership also teased exciting releases from the star, who is currently working on a biopic about her life.

“This new deal heralds the launch next year of an extensive, multi-year series of catalog releases that will revisit the groundbreaking music that made her an international icon,” the statement read. “For the first time, Madonna will personally curate extensive deluxe editions for many of her landmark albums, as well as one-off special event releases, and much more.”

Madonna recently made an appearance at Britney Spears’ wedding, where she shared a kiss with the bride and sang her 1990 classic “Vogue” alongside Spears, Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton and Donatella Versace.

“Britney you look so happy and in love 💕💕💕💖💖 Wishing you and Sam the best 💍! Last night was fun and sweaty!!” she later wrote on Instagram.