Today in Madonna History: June 20, 1998

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On June 20, 1998, Madonna’s “Ray of Light” became the #1 dance single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.  The hit single remained #1 for 4 weeks!

Ray of Light” was written by Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Muldoon, Dave Curtiss, Christine Leach, and produced by Madonna and Orbit.  “Ray of Light” is based on Curtiss Maldoon’s “Sepheryn“.

“It took a long time to do the album, months. And it wasn’t like we were slacking. We actually did have to work fast, and there were many times when we had to move on. One of Madonna’s favorite phrases was: ‘Don’t gild the lily.’ In other words, keep it rough, and don’t perfect it too much. It’s a natural urge for computer buffs to perfect everything because they can, and we were very wary of that.”

—William Orbit on working with Madonna; Keyboard magazine

 

Today in Madonna History: May 12, 1998

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On May 12, 1998, Madonna’s “Ray of Light” video premiered on MTV.

The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, with Madonna’s scenes being shot on March 25–26, 1998 at Raleigh Studios and Florentine Gardens nightclub in downtown Los Angeles. The images of various cities include Los Angeles, New York, London, Las Vegas and Stockholm.

The video was ranked No. 40 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Videos, listed No. 1 on Back In… 98’s Top 5 Best Videos, ranked No. 7 on Listed’s Top 40 Memorable Videos Pt. 1 & 2, on MuchMoreMusic, and ranked No. 26 on MuchMusic’s 100 Best Videos. It was ranked at number four on “The Top 100 Videos That Broke The Rules”, issued by MTV on the channel’s 25th anniversary in August 2006.

The video received a total of eight MTV Video Music Awards nominations, becoming Madonna’s second most-nominated video at the award show, after “Vogue” in 1990. It won five awards for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Choreography, becoming her most-winning song at the show.

Today in Madonna History: April 4, 1998

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On April 4, 1998, Madonna’s “Frozen” hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.

Frozen” was the first single released from Ray of Light.

Lyrics:

You only see what your eyes want to see

How can life be what you want it to be

You’re frozen

When your heart’s not open

You’re so consumed with how much you get

You waste your time with hate and regret

You’re broken

When your heart’s not open

Mmm, if I could melt your heart

Mmm, we’d never be apart

Mmm, give yourself to me

Mmm, you hold the key

Now there’s no point in placing the blame

And you should know I suffer the same

If I lose you

My heart will be broken

Love is a bird, she needs to fly

Let all the hurt inside of you die

You’re frozen

When your heart’s not open

Mmm, if I could melt your heart

Mmm, we’d never be apart

Mmm, give yourself to me

Mmm, you hold the key

You only see what your eyes want to see

How can life be what you want it to be

You’re frozen

When your heart’s not open

Mmm, if I could melt your heart

Mmm, we’d never be apart

Mmm, give yourself to me

Mmm, you hold the key

If I could melt your heart