Today in Madonna History: December 21, 2006

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On December 21 2006, the official sell sheet for Madonna’s Confessions Tour DVD/CD release was distributed to retailers. The street date for the release: January 30, 2007.

“The pop spectacle of the year—a politically charged combination of Cirque du Soleil, performance-art commentary and dance-party explosion that more or less sums up everything she has been striving to say and show this decade … it’s quite possibly the best production she’s ever concocted.” – Orange County Register

Today in Madonna History: December 7, 2006

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On December 7 2006, H&M announced that Madonna would design a range of clothes and accessories to be released in March 2007.

“The M by Madonna fashion line will reflect Madonna’s timeless, unique and always glamorous style,” H&M said of the new collection.

“I’ve made no secret of my love for fashion and trends,” Madonna said in a statement announcing her partnership with H&M’s head of design Margareta van den Bosch. “Working with Margareta and H&M was an exciting and new creative challenge for me. I’m really happy with the results and look forward to wearing M by Madonna along with the rest of the world.”

H&M clothed Madonna and her dancers for her Confessions World Tour.

Today in Madonna History: October 31, 2006

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On October 21 2006, Jump was released as the fourth and final single from the album Confessions On Dance Floor. It was written by Madonna, Stuart Price & Joe Henry and produced by Madonna & Stuart Price.

In Canada, the CD maxi-single for Jump is notable for being Madonna’s last single to receive a commercial release in any physical format. Her subsequent Warner-era singles were imported from the U.S. by Warner Music Canada.

Today in Madonna History: July 23, 2006

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On July 23 2006, Madonna experienced – as she put it – “some technical difficulties in [her] brain” during a performance of Let It Will Be at the second of two Miami shows for The Confessions Tour.

After coming in too early on a vocal cue, she quickly poked fun at herself with some improvised lyrics, only to experience further issues towards the end of the song. She then humourously referenced the glitches – and nearly suffered a G.W. Bush-inspired orgasm – during her post-song banter.

The show marked the final date on the North American leg of The Confessions Tour.

(Thanks to YouTube user Ryan Keefe for the video, and to our friends at Madonnalicious and their readers for the wonderful tour pics from Miami!)

Today in Madonna History: June 20, 2006

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On June 20 2006, Madonna’s first live album, I’m Going to Tell You a Secret, containing songs from the documentary of the same name, was released.

The two-disc set included a CD with 14 songs (including a previously unreleased Demo Rock Version of I Love New York), and a DVD with the documentary film.

The documentary provided a behind-the-scenes look at Madonna’s 2004 Re-Invention Tour. The documentary was directed by Jonas Åkerlund.

Today in Madonna History: May 27, 2006

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On May 27 2006, Madonna’s spokesperson announced that there would be no Confessions Tour for Japan or Australia.

“Due to Madonna’s heavy workload as part of her Confessions Tour of America and Europe, plus her wishes to spend as little time away from her family, Madonna has unfortunately decided to cancel the tour to Japan and therefore there will be no tour to Australia. She hopes that her fans will understand her making the personal decision.”