Today in Madonna History: July 16, 2012

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On July 16 2012, Madonna’s music video for Turn Up The Radio was released. The video was directed by Tom Munro.

At the end of the video, an exhausted Madonna lays down in the backseat of the car as the chauffeur says to her in Italian:“La festa è finita, adesso allacciati la cintura stronzetta!which translates: “The party is over, now fasten your seat belt, bitch!”.

Watch the video:

Today in Madonna History: April 2, 2012

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On April 2 2012, the third single from Madonna’s MDNA album, Masterpiece, was released in the United Kingdom.

Masterpiece was composed by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry and produced by Madonna and William Orbit.

When Madonna was directing her film W.E., her manager Guy Oseary persuaded her to compose a song for the soundtrack. Frost was living in Los Angeles at that time and was assessing her priorities in the music world, and wanted to collaborate with a number of artists, Madonna being the first. “She is an icon”, Frost said, “But most importantly she has some of the best Pop songs in the history of music… so yeah it’s always a dream to work with people like her.” Orbit, who was working with Frost and Harry on an assignment, contacted them for collaborating with Madonna on Masterpiece. He had heard Frost’s initial composition of the song and knew that Madonna would love it. According to Frost the theme explained to them was about bittersweet love and the hardships felt being in a relationship. Madonna, Frost and Harry sat together with this idea and brainstormed and came up with the lyrics and the melody. Over time, Madonna changed the structure of the song and the final version was ready for recording.

Madonna recalled:

“Guy harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song. And I said, ‘Please, Guy, I’m trying to focus on being a director and I want people to pay attention to the film and I don’t have time.’ So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, ‘Masterpiece,’ so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating.”

Today in Madonna History: March 20, 2012

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On March 20 2012, Madonna’s Girl Gone Wild video was released.

The black-and-white music video was directed by Mert Alan and Marcus Piggott. The video featured Madonna and a number of male models in different looks, dancing with the Ukrainian group Kazaky. It received critical acclaim for the editing and the visuals, while reviewers noted that it took inspiration from several past videos released by Madonna, such as Erotica, Justify My Love, Human Nature and Vogue.

Artur Gaspar from Kazaky recalled:

“By the end of the day on set, our feet were bleeding and we had blisters… But if Madonna can repeat the dancing for the 50th time, why can’t we?”

Today in Madonna History: March 2, 2012

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On March 2 2012, Madonna’s Girl Gone Wild single was released by Interscope Records. Girl Gone Wild was the second single to be released from the MDNA album.

Madonna co-wrote the song with Benny Benassi, his cousin Alle Benassi (known together as the Benassi Bros.), and songwriter Jenson Vaughan.

The CD single included:
Album Version – 3:43
Justin Cognito Extended Remix – 4:48

The CD Maxi-Single and iTunes Digital Remixes included:
Madonna vs Avicii – Avicii’s UMF Mix – 5:16
Dave Audé Remix – 8:05
Justin Cognito Remix – 4:48
Kim Fai Remix – 6:33
Lucky Date Remix – 5:06
Offer Nissim Remix – 6:49
Dada Life Remix – 5:15
Rebirth Remix – 6:49

Today in Madonna History: February 3, 2012

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On February 3 2012, Madonna’s Give Me All Your Luvin’ single was released by Interscope Records as the lead single from MDNA.

Give Me All Your Luvin’ featured guest vocals from Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.

The song was written by Madonna, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Martin Solveig, and Michael Tordjman, while being produced by Madonna and Martin Solveig.

L-U-V Madonna
Y-O-U you wanna
I see you coming and I don’t wanna know your name
L-U-V Madonna
I see you coming and you’re gonna have to change the game
Y-O-U you wanna
Would you like to try?
Give me a reason why
Give me all that you got
Maybe you’ll do fine
As long as you don’t lie to me
And pretend to be what you’re not