Today in Madonna History: July 22, 1985

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Power Station - Studio C (550)

Power Station Studio C – where Like A Virgin was recorded

Nile Rodgers recording Like A Virgin - Power Station Studio C

Nile Rodgers – Power Station Studio C

Like A Virgin's RIAA Gold certification award

Like A Virgin’s RIAA Gold certification award

On July 22 1985, Like A Virgin was certified 5x Platinum in the US – the first solo album by a female artist to be certified for shipment of 5 million copies. The album remained a consistently strong catalogue seller well into the next decade, eventually earning a Diamond certification (the RIAA’s highest certification award) in 1998 for shipment of over 10 million copies in the US.

Today In Madonna History: April 27, 1985

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On April 27, 1985, Madonna’s “Angel” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 48, while her previous single “Crazy for You” was at number-two on the chart.

After ten weeks, “Angel” reached a peak position of five on the chart. The song tied Madonna with Olivia Newton-John, as the female artist with most top-five hits on the Hot 100 at that time.  It was ranked at 75 on the year end chart for 1985.