“Inside the Groove” takes Madonna fans to a place where few have ever gone before.
When Edward Russell first launched Inside the Groove during lockdown in 2020, he didn’t expect it to become one of the most popular Madonna podcasts on the planet within a matter of months. Now, 50 episodes and over 400,000 downloads later, he can barely keep up with the demand, cranking out a new episode nearly every week, plus recording bonus episodes, and launching his very first line of merchandise this week.
Each episode focuses on a different Madonna track or era, offering a deep dive into the creative process and its cultural impact. With references to the music videos, media appearances, and live performances, the episodes often include snippets from the song’s multitrack session, as well as interviews with co-producers, composers, backup singers, critics, and fans.
Queerty had a chance to interview Russell on the eve of Madonna’s birthday (she turns 63 tomorrow!) and to talk about the podcast. (We also had a chance to chat with him on the most recent episode of Inside the Groove, available now!) Here’s what he had to say…