On October 4 2009, the media reported on the Saturday Night Live skit with Madonna and Lady Gaga from the night before.
Gaga was the musical guest, the show host was Ryan Reynolds.
On September 29 2009, Madonna and Warner Bros. released “Celebration: The Video Collection“. The greatest videos DVD collection accompanied the “Celebration” greatest hits collection.
“Celebration: The Video Collection” continued on from Madonna’s other video compilations “The Immaculate Collection” and “The Video Collection 93:99“.
“Celebration: The Video Collection” debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Music Videos chart. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 100,000 copies across United States.
The cover for “Celebration: The Video Collection” was created by street pop artist Mr. Brainwash who is best known for “throwing modern cultural icons into a blender and turning it up to eleven”.
The DVD collection was released in two different versions, both are double disc releases:
This video collection received mixed reviews from critics and fans when it was released. Did you like this release or would you have made some changes to it?
On September 26 2009, “Celebration” became Madonna’s 40th number-one song on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the US.
The remixes by Benny Benassi in particular were so well received that Madonna chose to use his version for the song’s music video instead of the Oakenfold produced album version. During her 2012 MDNA Tour, Benassi’s remix of “Celebration” was featured again when it was used for the show’s closing number.
Following in the tradition of Shep Pettibone and William Orbit, Benassi was promoted from remixer to co-songwriter/producer status when Madonna agreed to collaborate with him on several tracks for her MDNA album, including the set’s second single “Girl Gone Wild.”
On September 3 2009, Madonna’s “Sticky And Sweet” world tour was named the highest-grossing for a solo artist ever.
The tour, which finished in Tel Aviv on September 2 2009, made $408 million (£250m), according to promoters Live Nation. During the tour, Madonna played 85 shows, drawing in more than 3.5 million fans from 32 countries.
The “Sticky And Sweet” tour broke Madonna’s previous record for the most successful outing by a solo artist with her 2006 “Confessions Tour“, which grossed $194 million.
On July 31 2009, “Celebration” – the lead single from Madonna’s third greatest hits album of the same name – was released to digital media outlets by Warner Bros. Records. The song was written by Madonna, Paul Oakenfold, Ian Green & Ciaran Gribbin and produced by Madonna & Oakenfold with additional production by Green.
“Celebration” was one of two new songs written with Oakenfold for the hits collection. The other new track, “Broken,” was left off the album but was later issued on 12-inch coloured vinyl as an exclusive gift to members of Madonna’s official fan club. Oakenfold also contributed new production to “It’s So Cool,” an outtake from Madonna’s 2003 album American Life which was used as a bonus track for the deluxe digital download edition of the Celebration album.