On August 2 2008, the second single from Madonna’s Hard Candy album, Give It 2 Me, debuted at #2 on the Hot Dance Singles Chart in the USA. The single would go on to spend 3 non-consecutive weeks at #1.
Here’s the AllMusic.com review of the single by Anthony Tognazzini:
Madonna’s Hard Candy continued the electronica-oriented, disco-centric vibe she began with Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Give It 2 Me, the album’s second single, is a case in point. Co-written and co-produced by industry heavyweight Pharrell Williams, Give It 2 Me pulses, surges, and sashays with all the pop smarts that her fans expect from Madonna.
The Give It 2 Me maxi-single contains 8 remixes of the song from artists as diverse as Paul Oakenfold, Freddie Le Grand, and Sly & Robbie (whose dancehall interpretation of the track truly takes it someplace new). The remixes highlight the song’s incessant danceability, and should have any Madonna fan, especially those of Hard Candy, gyrating with pleasure.
On May 2 2008, Madonna sat down with Steven “Cojo” Cojocaru at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York to discuss her Hard Candy album.
When asked to describe what or who she is, Madonna replied:
“I think I’m many things. I think I’m a lady, I think I’m a brat, I think I’m a nerd, I think I’m a pimp, I think I’m a mother, I think I’m a kid. It was fun being a brat. I’ve got my cheeky side.”
On March 14 2008, the cover for Madonna’s Hard Candy album was revealed on People.com. The photo was taken by longtime collaborator Steven Klein.
On April 19 2008, Madonna’s eleventh studio album, Hard Candy was released by Warner Bros. Records.
Hard Candy was Madonna’s final album with Warner Bros., marking the end of a 25-year recording history together.
Madonna started working on the album in 2007, and collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell and Nate “Danja” Hills.
Give It 2 Me
She’s Not Me
Beat Goes On
Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
On March 26, 2010, Madonna’s third live album, Sticky & Sweet Tour was released by Warner Bros. Records. Sticky & Sweet was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and CD formats. The tour was filmed at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the 2008 leg of the tour.
The CD included the following live tracks:
1. Candy Shop Medley
2. Beat Goes On Medley – featuring Kanye West
3. Human Nature
4. Vogue 2008
5. She’s Not Me
6. Music 2008
7. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
8. Spanish Lesson
9. La Isla Bonita 2008
10. You Must Love Me
11. Get Stupid Medley
12. Like A Prayer 2008
13. Give It 2 Me
The DVD and Blu-ray included the following live performances:
1. The Sweet Machine
2. Candy Shop Medley
3. Beat Goes On Medley – featuring Kanye West
4. Human Nature
5. Vogue 2008
6. Die Another Day 2008
7. Into The Groove 2008
10. She’s Not Me
11. Music 2008
12. Rain / Here Comes The Rain Again
13. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
14. Spanish Lesson
15. Miles Away
16. La Isla Bonita Medley
17. Me Darava / Doli Doli
18. You Must Love Me
19. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
20. Get Stupid Medley
21. 4 Minutes – featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland
22. Like A Prayer 2008
23. Ray Of Light
24. Like A Virgin 2008
25. Hung Up Medley
26. Give It 2 Me