Today in Madonna History: August 28, 2003

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On August 28 2003, Madonna performed “Hollywood” with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera as the opening number for the 20th annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY and upstaged everyone at the ceremony when she shares a passionate open-mouth kiss with them. Missy Elliott also joined the ladies on stage – post-kiss.

Madonna commented on the uproar surrounding the infamous kiss during an appearance on Oprah several weeks later.  “I don’t know why people are making such a big deal about it,” she said. “Hasn’t anyone seen two girls kiss before? It was a friendly kiss – it really was. If Britney looks as though she is kissing me in an aggressive way it was a surprise to me.” She added, “I’m a showgirl. After 20 years in the business, we learn to roll with the punches. If someone’s coming at you with lips slightly parted, you kiss them.”

Today in Madonna History: July 22, 1985

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Power Station Studio C – where Like A Virgin was recorded

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Nile Rodgers – Power Station Studio C

Like A Virgin's RIAA Gold certification award

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.

Today in Madonna History: May 29, 1990

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On May 29, 1990, Toronto police threatened to arrest Madonna on the grounds of lewd and obscene behavior for the “Like A Virgin” masturbation sequence in her Blond Ambition concert.  The show went on unaltered, and no charges were made after the tour manager gave the police an ultimatum: “Cancel the show, and you’ll have to tell 30,000 people why.”

Madonna performed 3 sold-out concerts at the SkyDome, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Today In Madonna History: April 27, 1985

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On April 27, 1985, Madonna’s “Angel” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 48, while her previous single “Crazy for You” was at number-two on the chart.

After ten weeks, “Angel” reached a peak position of five on the chart. The song tied Madonna with Olivia Newton-John, as the female artist with most top-five hits on the Hot 100 at that time.  It was ranked at 75 on the year end chart for 1985.

Today in Madonna History: April 20, 2010

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On April 20, 2010, “The Power of Madonna” – Glee episode (Season 1, Episode 15) aired on the Fox network.

When cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) demands that Madonna’s music be played over the school intercom system, Glee club director Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) sets the club a Madonna-themed assignment, hoping to empower the female club members.

Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna, an EP containing studio recordings of songs performed in the episode, was released on April 20, 2010. Its tracklist includes “Express Yourself”, a mash-up of “Borderline” and “Open Your Heart”, “Vogue”, “Like A Virgin”, “4 Minutes”, “What it Feels Like for a Girl”, and “Like a Prayer”.

The iTunes edition features a bonus track, “Burning Up”, which was not performed in the episode.

Lynch received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in the episode.