Today in Madonna History: September 2, 1993

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On September 2 1993, Madonna opened the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards performing “Bye Bye Baby“.  She cavorted on stage with three scantily clad women in a brothel-style setting, dressed in tuxedos and top hats, in a choreographed, highly sexual routine.  According to choreographer Alex Magno, he wanted to do “Justify My Love” or “The Beast Within” on MTV, but Madonna decided that they might be too controversial for live television and abandoned the idea. Nevertheless, “Bye Bye Baby” was chosen and performed with the choreography they had been practicing for “The Girlie Show World Tour“, since it represented the whole idea behind the tour.  Louis Virtel from The Backlot ranked the performance at number eight on a list for “Madonna’s 11 Greatest VMA Moments”. He praised Madonna’s rendition of the song at the Video Music Awards, calling it “a hell of a VMA performance” and a “killer cinematic throwback”.

 

Today in Madonna History: August 25, 1987

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On August 25 1987,  “Causing a Commotion” was released as the second single from the soundtrack album “Who’s That Girl“, by Sire Records. “Causing a Commotion” was written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray, the song was inspired by Madonna’s relationship with then husband Sean Penn, and his abusive and violent nature.

Today in Madonna History: August 22, 1987

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On August 22 1987, Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” single (from the soundtrack album of the same name) went to number-one on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Regarding the development of the music for the film, Madonna explained:

 “I had some very specific ideas in mind, music that would stand on its own as well as support and enhance what was happening on screen and the only way to make that a reality was to have a hand in writing the tunes myself.  The songs aren’t necessarily about Nikki [her character name in the movie] or written to be sung by someone like her, but there’s a spirit to this music that captures both what the film and the characters are about, I think.”

Today in Madonna History: August 21, 2000

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 “Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on, I want to dance with my baby.”

On August 21 2000, Madonna’s “Music” single was released.  “Music” was the lead single from her eighth studio album of the same name.  It was written and produced by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï.

Music” peaked number one in 22 other countries, including Australia, Canada, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom.  The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “Music” was the longest running number-one single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for the decade (five weeks).  The song was the second most successful dance single of the decade in the United States, behind Madonna’s own “Hung Up” (2005). “Music” was the last number one hit on the Canadian RPM singles chart.

Today in Madonna History: August 19, 1997

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On August 19 1997, “Buenos Aires” (from “Evita“) was released as a promo-only single to club DJs and radio stations in the USA to promote “Evita” on video.

Here is a full listing of the different mixes of “Buenos Aires“:

World Mix Edit
World Mix Edit – Shorter
Te Amo 12″ Extended Vocal Version
Te Amo 12″ Extended Instrumental Version
Te Amo 12″ TV Dub
Te Amo 12″ Acapella Version
Te Amo Single Edit
Te Amo Radio Version

Today in Madonna History: August 18, 2012

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On August 18 2012, Madonna made this statement during an “MDNA” concert in Zurich:

“I protest the conviction and sentencing of Pussy Riot to a penal colony for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions. Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane. I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty. They’ve spent enough time in jail. I call on ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free.”