On August 2 2008, the second single from Madonna’s Hard Candy album, Give It 2 Me, debuted at #2 on the Hot Dance Singles Chart in the USA. The single would go on to spend 3 non-consecutive weeks at #1.
Here’s the AllMusic.com review of the single by Anthony Tognazzini:
Madonna’s Hard Candy continued the electronica-oriented, disco-centric vibe she began with Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Give It 2 Me, the album’s second single, is a case in point. Co-written and co-produced by industry heavyweight Pharrell Williams, Give It 2 Me pulses, surges, and sashays with all the pop smarts that her fans expect from Madonna.
The Give It 2 Me maxi-single contains 8 remixes of the song from artists as diverse as Paul Oakenfold, Freddie Le Grand, and Sly & Robbie (whose dancehall interpretation of the track truly takes it someplace new). The remixes highlight the song’s incessant danceability, and should have any Madonna fan, especially those of Hard Candy, gyrating with pleasure.
On June 12 2008, Simon & Schuster announced that Madonna’s younger brother, Christopher Ciccone, would be writing a memoir about his famous sister.
“Ciccone’s extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up with and working with his sister-the most famous woman in the world,” the company said in a press release.
The publishing house ordered a first printing of 350,000 copies of Life With My Sister, to be released on July 15, 2008.
When asked, Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said there would be no comment “at this time.”
Have you read Christopher’s book on Madonna? What did you think?
On May 2 2008, Madonna sat down with Steven “Cojo” Cojocaru at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York to discuss her Hard Candy album.
When asked to describe what or who she is, Madonna replied:
“I think I’m many things. I think I’m a lady, I think I’m a brat, I think I’m a nerd, I think I’m a pimp, I think I’m a mother, I think I’m a kid. It was fun being a brat. I’ve got my cheeky side.”
On March 14 2008, the cover for Madonna’s Hard Candy album was revealed on People.com. The photo was taken by longtime collaborator Steven Klein.
On May 28 2008, Madonna learned that she was officially going to be allowed to adopt David Banda.
The High Court in Malawi granted Madonna permanent adoption of 2-year-old David Banda.
Madonna’s lawyer made this statement:
“We are very happy with what the judge has ruled. Finally the court has granted Madonna full adoption rights of the boy…It’s all over, thank God. It is a positive and beautiful judgment that will have an impact on Malawi’s adoption laws.”
On April 19 2008, Madonna’s eleventh studio album, Hard Candy was released by Warner Bros. Records.
Hard Candy was Madonna’s final album with Warner Bros., marking the end of a 25-year recording history together.
Madonna started working on the album in 2007, and collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell and Nate “Danja” Hills.
Give It 2 Me
She’s Not Me
Beat Goes On
Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You