The US singer had been working on Iconic when it appeared unfinished online earlier this week.
Eleven songs were leaked, including “Rebel Heart”, “B***h I’m Madonna” and “Unapologetic B***h”.
The 56-year-old quickly took to Instagram to thank loyal fans for “not listening” to the tracks and clarify that they were “unfinished demos stolen long ago”.
However, while her initial reaction was relatively calm and controlled, a later response proved far more inflammatory.
Madonna has since deleted her post but reports claim it read: “This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demos, half of which won’t make it on my album. The other half have changed and evolved.
“This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?”
Unsurprisingly, her comments ignited social media:
Dear Madonna, No one cares if your music got leaked. I didn't even know you were releasing an album. Rape & terrorism aren't metaphors.— [Bae]lock Holmes (@Apten0dytes) December 17, 2014
Madonna calling her album being leaked a form of terrorism and artistic rape. Really?! still clinging to controversy to stay relevant then— Rosie Parrish (@rosie_parrish) December 18, 2014
"A form of terrorism", @madonna? You silly thing.— Silly Old Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) December 18, 2014
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