Today in Madonna History: September 29, 2009

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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:

  • Keep case — DVD size packaging
  • DVD Digipak — CD size packaging

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?

 

Today in Madonna History: September 26, 2009

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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.”

Today In Madonna History: July 31, 2009

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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.

Today In Madonna History: March 23, 1985

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On March 23, 1985, Madonna’s “Material Girl” hit #2 in the USA.

The US and UK 12″ singles included:

Side A: Material Girl (Extended Dance Remix) 6:05

Side B: Pretender 4:28

“Material Girl” also appears on the 1990 greatest hits compilation, “The Immaculate Collection, and on the 2009 greatest hits compilation, “Celebration. The song was written by Peter Brown and Robert Rans, and Nile Rodgers produced the track.

Today In Madonna History: March 2, 1985

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On March 2, 1985, Madonna’s first single from the Vision Quest soundtrack, “Crazy For You”, is released.

“Crazy For You” later appeared on Madonna’s greatest hits collection, “The Immaculate Collection.” It was also included on her greatest ballads collection, “Something To Remember” and later on her career spanning hit collection, “Celebration.”

Lyrics: 

Swaying room as the music starts
Strangers making the most of the dark
Two by two their bodies become one

I see you through the smokey air
Can’t you feel the weight of my stare
You’re so close but still a world away
What I’m dying to say, is that

I’m crazy for you
Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new, you’ll feel it in my kiss
I’m crazy for you, crazy for you

Trying hard to control my heart
I walk over to where you are
Eye to eye we need no words at all

Slowly now we begin to move
Every breath I’m deeper into you
Soon we two are standing still in time
If you read my mind, you’ll see

It’s all brand new, I’m crazy for you
And you know it’s true
I’m crazy, crazy for you