Today in Madonna History: June 23, 1990

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On June 23, 1990, Madonna’s “I’m Breathless: Music from and Inspired by the Film Dick Tracy” hit #2 in the USA.

After the filming of “Dick Tracy” was complete, Madonna began work on the film’s soundrack, with songwriter Stephen Sondheim, producer Patrick Leonard and engineer Bill Bottrell. She also worked with producer Shep Pettibone on the album’s first single, “Vogue“. The album was recorded in three weeks in California.

Today in Madonna History: June 22, 2013

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On June 22, 2013, Madonna’s “The MDNA Tour” aired on EPIX.

You can call her the Queen of Pop or you can call her the Material Girl, but there’s no moniker quite so evocative as simply: Madonna. The seven-time Grammy Award winner returns to the stage in an epic world tour billed as “a journey from darkness to light.” And whether you’re in it for Madonna’s trademark blend of controversial themes and killer dance moves, or simply some delicious pop hooks, you won’t be disappointed.

Today in Madonna History: June 21, 1993

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On June 21, 1993, Madonna’s “Rain” video premiered on MTV.  The video was directed by Mark Romanek, and filmed from May 16 – 19 at a Santa Monica Airport hanger in California.  Romanek and Madonna set the video to look like Ryuichi Sakamoto was directing it, giving it a backstage feel. It was entirely shot in black and white and then hand-painted with blue tones.

It’s strange
I feel like I’ve known you before
I want to understand you
More and more
And more
When I’m with you
I feel like a magical child
Everything is strange
Everything is wild

Waiting is the hardest thing
I tell myself that if I believe in you
In the dream of you
With all my heart and all my soul
That by sheer force of will
I will raise you from the ground
And without a sound you’ll appear
And surrender to me
To love

Today in Madonna History: June 20, 1998

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On June 20, 1998, Madonna’s “Ray of Light” became the #1 dance single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart.  The hit single remained #1 for 4 weeks!

Ray of Light” was written by Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Muldoon, Dave Curtiss, Christine Leach, and produced by Madonna and Orbit.  “Ray of Light” is based on Curtiss Maldoon’s “Sepheryn“.

“It took a long time to do the album, months. And it wasn’t like we were slacking. We actually did have to work fast, and there were many times when we had to move on. One of Madonna’s favorite phrases was: ‘Don’t gild the lily.’ In other words, keep it rough, and don’t perfect it too much. It’s a natural urge for computer buffs to perfect everything because they can, and we were very wary of that.”

—William Orbit on working with Madonna; Keyboard magazine