Today in Madonna History: July 21, 1987

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On July 21 1987, the “Who’s That Girl: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” album was released.

Who’s That Girl” was released as the lead single from the soundtrack, it became Madonna’s sixth single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first artist to accumulate six number-one singles in the 1980s, and the first female performer to get that many number-ones as a solo act.

The album’s second single, “Causing a Commotion“, was released on August 25, 1987. In the United States, the single quickly climbed up the chart, ultimately peaking at number two in the week of October 24, 1987, the same week Michael Jackson’s “Bad” advanced to the pole position. It remained in second position for three weeks, before descending from the chart.

The third song released from the album was the European single “The Look of Love“. In the United Kingdom, “The Look of Love” was released on December 12, 1987, and entered the UK Singles Chart at position 15.  The next week, it reached a peak of nine on the chart, her first single to miss the top five since “Lucky Star” in 1984.

The only Madonna song not to be released as a single from the soundtrack was “Can’t Stop“.

Today in Madonna History: July 5, 1987

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On July 5 1987,  Madonna was interviewed by Jane Pauley on NBC-TV’s “Today” and caused a controversy when she referred to her hometown of Bay City, Michigan as “a smelly little town” – a comment that enraged the citizens of Bay City.  On July 7, Madonna performed at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and apologized to 42,000 fans for the comments she made about her hometown during the interview.