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She observed that many of the people she enlisted to work on the album could not stay in one city for any length of time due to their schedules; this resulted her not finishing songs in one session. She said, ''"It was challenging ... with people coming and going in a revolving door of creativity.''
 
She observed that many of the people she enlisted to work on the album could not stay in one city for any length of time due to their schedules; this resulted her not finishing songs in one session. She said, ''"It was challenging ... with people coming and going in a revolving door of creativity.''
 
===Recording===
 
===Recording===
In March 2014, Madonna began posting a number of images on Instagram hinting at possible songwriters and collaborators with hashtag captions. First, she posted about going into the recording studio with Swedish DJ and producer Avicii.
 
 
Record producer Carl Falk spoke with the Dagens Nyheter newspaper in April 2014 about these sessions. He recalled that eleven demos with acoustic guitars and piano were recorded within a week at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. Avicii's manager Arash "Ash" Pour Nouri selected six people.
 
 
They were divided into two groups, the first consisted of Falk, Rami Yacoub, and Savan Kotecha; the second consisted of Salem Al Fakir, Vincent Pontare, and Magnus Lidehäll.
 
 
Avicii worked with both groups to create the demo songs, while Madonna arrived at the studio in the afternoon and stayed until 7:00 am. She worked closely with both teams while writing and changing melodies, and was in charge of the process.
 
 
A few days later, Madonna posted an image of a sunset with the words "Rebel Heart" on them, and a caption which the media interpreted as lyrics from a new song. The lines posted were: ''"Day turns into night. I won't give up the fight. Don't want to get to the end of my days... saying I wasn't amazed."''
 
 
Additional images showed Madonna with singer Natalia Kills in front of a microphone, and with Martin Kierszenbaum, the founder and chairman of Cherrytree Records, and senior executive of A&R for Interscope Records, Madonna's label.
 
 
By mid-April 2014, she had also revealed on Instagram the names of songwriters Toby Gad and Mozella and record producer Symbolyc One with images of the group working in studio.
 
 
The list of personnel grew to include producer Ariel Rechtshaid and sound engineer Nick Rowe.
 
 
In an interview with Sirius XM Radio, Kierszenbaum described the recording process: ''"We were supposed to be with her in the studio for a couple of days. She kindly invited us to stay a little longer. We don't know what's going to end up on the album but it was an absolute you know honor... For me being such a fan for so long it was so exciting to hear her vocal in the room right next to me, coming out of her head really sounding exactly like all those records we all love and she's a pleasure to work with because she's so in tune with who she is and what she wants to sing. I don't know. It's really great collaborating with her and Natalia is such a great writer."''
 
 
In May 2014, Madonna posted a selfie in which she talked about working with American DJ Diplo. She had invited him for her annual Oscar party, but he could not attend. They eventually started talking about music through texts and decided to collaborate on the album.
 
 
Madonna asked him to provide his "craziest record" for the album. Together they wrote and recorded seven songs.
 
 
Diplo added: ''"Those records are gonna be crazy-sounding. We really pushed the envelope with some of the stuff we were doing... [S]he was up for anything. I love when an artist gives a producer the confidence he needs to work with them, and Madonna was very open-minded to my ideas."''
 
 
One song was composed using a hook Madonna had sung in the studio; Diplo described it as "super weird".
 
 
Another song (later confirmed as "Living for Love") had nearly twenty versions recorded ranging from a piano ballad to an EDM version.
 
 
Ultimately, Madonna and Diplo compromised on a version midway between the two styles. Rechtshaid and British singer MNEK also joined their writing sessions, improving the song's verses.
 
 
Diplo also confirmed another track (known as "Bitch I'm Madonna") which he believed would push the lyrical boundaries for a pop song.
 
 
Both Alicia Keys and Ryan Tedder said they had worked on the album and contributed to the songwriting. Keys played piano on "Living for Love". Madonna confirmed two other songs, "Messiah" and "Devil Pray", in different interviews.
 
 
 
===Composition===
 
===Composition===
 
"Rebel Heart" opens with the song "Living for Love". Composed in the house genre, it begins with Madonna singing over a "regal" piano line, eventually joined by percussion. Although it's a breakup song, it talks about being triumphant and hopeful.
 
"Rebel Heart" opens with the song "Living for Love". Composed in the house genre, it begins with Madonna singing over a "regal" piano line, eventually joined by percussion. Although it's a breakup song, it talks about being triumphant and hopeful.
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