On January 20 1988, Madonna’s You Can Dance remix album was certified platinum in the USA for sales of 1,000,000 copies.
Patrick Leonard had this to say about working on the album:
“Remixing is a form of secondary creativity. Dance music elevates the DJ and the mixer to being almost on a level with the musician. In my opinion this is false. Manipulation of pre-recorded sound sources may be creative in a secondary sense, and may be valid in its own field, but it is pseudo musicianship. That’s why we tried to have a fresh approach to the songs for You Can Dance, as if we were developing and composing them for the first time.
On October 18 1996, Madonna’s greatest ballads collection, “Something To Remember” was certified 2x platinum (2 million units) in the USA.
On October 11 2001, Madonna’s “The Immaculate Collection” was certified 10x platinum (10 million units) – the best-selling greatest hits album by a female artist.
On August 14 1984, Madonna’s “Madonna” (The First Album) was certified 1x platinum (1 million units) in the USA.
Power Station Studio C – where Like A Virgin was recorded
Nile Rodgers – Power Station Studio C
Like A Virgin’s RIAA Gold certification award
On July 22 1985, Like A Virgin was certified 5x Platinum in the US – the first solo album by a female artist to be certified for shipment of 5 million copies. The album remained a consistently strong catalogue seller well into the next decade, eventually earning a Diamond certification (the RIAA’s highest certification award) in 1998 for shipment of over 10 million copies in the US.
On July 3, 1987, Madonna accepted a rare Canadian Diamond Award at a press conference in Toronto on the eve of her sold-out concert at CNE Stadium. The certification award was presented by WEA Music Canada president Stan Kulin to mark over one million units sold of the True Blue album in Canada.