Today In Madonna History: May 22, 1990

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On May 22, 1990, Madonna’s “I’m Breathless: Music From And Inspired By The Film Dick Tracy” album was released.

In the December 1994 issue of Q magazine, Madonna declared:

“I would have to say the favourite record that I’ve made is the soundtrack to Dick Tracy (“I’m Breathless”). I love every one of those songs… My judgement is never based on the world’s reaction.”

Today in Madonna History: May 21, 1983

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On May 21, 1983, Madonna’s “Burning Up/Physical Attraction” hit #3 on USA Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Burning Up” was written by Madonna and “Physical Attraction” was written by Reggie Lucas. Both were produced by Lucas with additional remixing by Jellybean Benitez.

Interestingly, the original copyright claim filed for the song “Physical Attraction“, which remains on file at the U.S. Library Of Congress, lists Madonna as its sole writer and Only Child Music (who handled Madonna’s songwriting publishing prior to the creation of Webo Girl) as its publisher, with no mention of Lucas or his publishing company, Likasa Music.

Burning Up” went through several incarnations both before and after its official release. The earliest recording of the song to have surfaced is a live performance by Madonna with her band Emmy, likely from 1980. Although the lyrics underwent only minor revisions in later years, its initial guitar-driven arrangement and melody were relatively loose – if not underdeveloped. A more focused beat-driven version was recorded by Madonna with Stephen Bray in early 1982 and was featured on the four-track demo tape that brought her to the attention of Sire Records. In addition to the originally released version that appeared on the 12″ single, there are also two noticeably different album mixes of “Burning Up“. Early vinyl pressings of her debut LP featured a longer version with alternate guitar and synth parts and more prominently mixed backing vocals. This alternate album mix resurfaced in 1985 as the b-side to the Angel single in the UK, but it has never been officially released in digital or CD format.

Today in Madonna History: May 19, 1990

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On May 19, 1990, Madonna’s single “Vogue” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.

Vogue” reached number one in over 30 countries worldwide, becoming Madonna’s biggest hit at that time.  It was also the best-selling single of 1990 with sales of more than two million, and has sold more than six million copies worldwide to date.

Today in Madonna History: May 17, 1991

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On May 17, 1991, “Madonna: Truth Or Dare” was released in 538 US movie theatres.  

Madonna: Truth or Dare” (renamed “In Bed with Madonna” outside of North America) chronicled the life of Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour.  The film was well received by critics and was successful at the box office, at that point becoming the highest-grossing documentary of all time with a worldwide gross of $29,012,935.

Today in Madonna History: May 16, 1994

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On May 16, 1994, Madonna’s “I’ll Remember (Theme From With Honors)” became the number-one single in Canada. The song remained at the top of the Canadian singles chart for five weeks before finally being dislodged on June 20th by All-4-One’s hit, “I Swear”. Incidentally, it was the same song that blocked “I’ll Remember” from reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., where it spent four weeks in its peak position of number-two.