Diplo: No One Wants Madonna to Succeed, Fans Prefer Kim Kardashian

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Diplo defended his collaborator Madonna in a new interview with Rolling Stone Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

As far as Diplo is concerned, it's Madonna against the world. The DJ and producer, 36, gave a new interview to Rolling Stone about the iconic singer, explaining why he thinks she can't catch a break as of late. 

"She created the world we live in," Diplo said of Madge, 56. "It already sucks to be a woman in the music industry, but to be a boss woman is even harder. She sold out her tour in minutes, but no one seems to want her to succeed — 'Madonna, we've been there, done that, now we're about Kim Kardashian,'"

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Indeed, Madonna saw far less success with the March release of her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart. More than 30 years after the superstar's debut, the record failed to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and missed the mark of going platinum stateside, selling significantly fewer copies than her previous efforts. 

"Her song 'Ghosttown' was a guaranteed Number One for anybody else, but she didn't get a fair shot," added Diplo, who worked with Madonna on Rebel Heart and appears in her "Bitch I'm Madonna" video. "With 'Bitch I'm Madonna,' everyone said there's no way it will go anywhere, but I'm like, 'Screw it, it represents you more than anything.'"

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As Diplo stood by Madonna, he also recently mended his relationship with another major star: Taylor Swift. The two publicly feuded last year after the EDM star called out Swift on Twitter. 

"We squashed it!" the star said of his animosity with Swift, 25, before finding a way to swipe at her fans. "I saw her at the Grammys and she was super-nice and cool. Her fans loved the beef, though. That's all they have — they don't have, like, real things going on. It's still startling when these artists pay attention to my Twitter. Like, Ed Sheeran unfollowed me when I said something about Taylor — I can't believe these people even know who I am."

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"If I have a fight with somebody, it makes me look like a prick, but it makes the social media numbers explode," Diplo added. "It's the Kanye West theory: In 2015, become a prick and just get more popular. I don't want to be thought of like that, but also I just don't really care. I'm doing jokes and people take it seriously, like that's the person I am." 

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