On October 11 2001, Madonna’s “The Immaculate Collection” was certified 10x platinum (10 million units) – the best-selling greatest hits album by a female artist.
On October 5 2001, Warner Bros Records announced that Madonna will release GHV2 – a new greatest hits album of 15 songs from 1991-2001.
Designed as a follow-up to her massively successful 1990 hits compilation, The Immaculate Collection, it featured no new songs – reportedly due to Madonna’s hectic schedule – although residual tensions between Madonna and her label at the time may have also played into the decision. Instead, various remix artists were commissioned to create a series of promotional megamixes to promote the release.
On September 18 2001, “Impressive Instant” was released as a promotional club single to DJs in the US. Written and produced by Madonna & Mirwais Ahmadzaï, the track is bright and uplifting in its content and composition. Originally intended to be the fourth single of the Music album, a commercial release was cancelled due to a disagreement between Madonna and her recording company.
Potentially fearing the track as being too experimental to garner significant airplay, Warner had instead showed interest in releasing “Amazing” as the fourth single. If hopes were that it would replicate the airplay success of her similar-sounding summertime hit “Beautiful Stranger” several years prior, Madonna was reportedly less enthusiastic about repeating herself. Promotional copies of “Amazing” were issued in Germany, Spain, Columbia and Israel before Warner seemingly pulled the plug on pushing the song – perhaps at Madonna’s insistence. In the end, the rift reportedly resulted in neither track being released commercially, making Music her first studio album (excluding I’m Breathless) to spawn only three commercial singles.
Remixes that had been commissioned for “Impressive Instant” by the late Peter Rauhofer were finally released to clubs as a promotional single at the tail end of her successful Drowned World Tour.
Official Peter Rauhofer promotional remixes of “Impressive Instant” :
- Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Club Mix (aka Remix #1)
- Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Dub
- Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Radio Mixshow Mix
- Peter Rauhofer’s Drowned World Dub
- Peter Rauhofer’s Drowned World Dub Part 2
- Remix #2
On September 11 2001, Madonna postponed a scheduled “Drowned World Tour” concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California due to terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The concert was re-scheduled for September 15.
“Violence begets violence,” Madonna told the Staples Center crowd of nearly 20,000 fans on September 14th, “and I don’t know about you, but I want to live a long and happy life. I want my kids to live a long and happy life.”
“What happened was horrible, but I’d like to think of it as a wake-up call. There’s terrorism every day all over the world.”
“Last night, we had a minute of prayer for everybody who died on Tuesday,” said the singer, who had traded her Scottish kilt for a skirt made from an American flag for her first costume of the evening. “Tonight I’d like to say a prayer for peace.” The crowd obliged her request for a moment of silence, but fans soon began chanting “U-S-A” as many waved American flags frantically.
Relenting, Madonna said, “OK, USA. But start looking at the whole world. I said it last night and I’ll say it again: If you want to change the world, change yourself.”
Madonna pledged that proceeds from her final shows would go to relief funds for victims of the attacks and their families.
On August 26 2001, Madonna Live! Drowned World Tour 2001 was broadcast live on HBO and The Movie Network in Canada from The Palace Of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI. It was seen by 5.7 million viewers – the network’s third highest rated prime-time concert special since 1997.
The broadcast marked the second time Madonna had selected her hometown as a location to record one of her shows, the first being The Virgin Tour home video/laserdisc release, filmed in 1985 at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
With the Drowned World Tour itinerary not including any dates in Canada, many Canadian fans who purchased tickets for one of the two shows in Detroit were pleasantly surprised when it was announced that the second show would be broadcast live in both countries. Madonna’s previous HBO specials for the Blond Ambition and Girlie Show tours did not receive a live broadcast in Canada, although the latter did air on MuchMusic at a later date.