Today in Madonna History: June 30, 1986

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On June 30 1986, Madonna’s “True Blue” album was released by Sire Records.  She worked with Stephen Bray and Patrick Leonard on the album while co-writing and co-producing all the songs.

True Blue” was an immediate global success, reaching number one in then record-breaking 28 countries across the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. It spent 34 consecutive weeks at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart, longer than any other album in history. It became the world’s top-selling album of 1986, as well the biggest selling album of the 1980s by a woman and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time with sales of more than 25 million copies worldwide. All five singles released from the album reached the top five on theBillboard Hot 100, with “Live to Tell“, “Papa Don’t Preach“, and “Open Your Heart” peaking at number one.

Today in Madonna History: May 31, 1986

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On May 31, 1986, “Live To Tell” hit #1 for 3 weeks on US Hot Adult Contemporary singles chart.

The song was Madonna’s third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and her first number-one on the Adult Contemporary chart.

In an interview about the song, Madonna said, “I thought about my relationship with my parents and the lying that went on. The song is about being strong, and questioning whether you can be that strong but ultimately surviving.”

In a review of the album True Blue, Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic called it a “tremendous ballad that rewrites the rules of adult contemporary crossover”.

Jim Farber from Entertainment Weekly called the song “her best ballad to date”.

In a review of her compilation album The Immaculate Collection, David Browne from Entertainment Weekly magazine called it “one of her few successful shots at being a balladeer”.

Alfred Soto from Stylus Magazine felt that “the song’s set of lyrics remain her best” and that the vocals “seethes with a lifetime’s worth of hurts which she nevertheless refuses to share”.

Sal Cinquemani from Slant Magazine called the song “striking” adding that it “rewrote the rules of what a pop song was supposed to sound like”.

Edna Gundersen from USA Today called the song “a moody heart-tugger, may be her best song ever.”

Today In Madonna History: May 22, 1990

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On May 22, 1990, Madonna’s “I’m Breathless: Music From And Inspired By The Film Dick Tracy” album was released.

In the December 1994 issue of Q magazine, Madonna declared:

“I would have to say the favourite record that I’ve made is the soundtrack to Dick Tracy (“I’m Breathless”). I love every one of those songs… My judgement is never based on the world’s reaction.”

Today in Madonna History: May 2, 1987

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On May 2, 1987, “La Isla Bonita“, the fifth and final single from Madonna’s True Blue album hit #4 in the USA.

The instrumental version of the song was first offered to Michael Jackson before Madonna both accepted it and wrote the lyrics and melody. “La Isla Bonita” is noted for being the first Madonna song to have a Latino influence in it, with arrangements of Cuban drums and Spanish guitar,maracas, harmonicas and a mix of synthesized and real drumming.

Today In Madonna History: March 8, 1994

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On March 8, 1994, “I’ll Remember (Theme From The Motion Picture With Honors)” single was released.

“I’ll Remember” was written by Madonna, Patrick Leonard, and Richard Page.

“I”ll Rememeber” later appeared on Madonna’s ballads collection, “Something to Remember.”

Official remixes include:

I’ll Remember (Theme from With Honors)” (Guerilla Beach Mix) – 6:10

“I’ll Remember (Theme from With Honors)” (Guerilla Groove Mix) – 6:07

“I’ll Remember (Theme from With Honors)” (Orbit Alternative Remix) – 4:30

“I’ll Remember (Theme from With Honors)” (Orbit Remix) – 4:19

Lyrics:

Say good-bye
To not knowing when
The truth in my whole life began
Say good-bye
To not knowing how to cry
You taught me that

And I’ll remember
The strength that you gave me
Now that I’m standing on my own
I’ll remember
The way that you saved me
I’ll remember

Inside
I was a child
That could not mend a broken wing
Outside
I looked for a way
To teach my heart to sing

And I’ll remember
The love that you gave me
Now that I’m standing on my own
I’ll remember
The way that you changed me
I’ll remember

I learned
To let go
Of the illusion that we can possess
I learned
To let go
I travel in stillness

And I’ll remember
Happiness
I’ll remember
(I’ll remember)
(I’ll remember)

And I’ll remember
The love that you gave me
Now that I’m standing on my own
I’ll remember
The way that you changed me
I’ll remember (I’ll remember)

No I’ve never been afraid to cry
Now I finally have a reason why
I’ll remember (I’ll remember)
No I’ve never been afraid to cry
And I finally have a reason why
I’ll remember (I’ll remember)

No I’ve never been afraid to cry
And I finally have a reason why
I’ll remember (I’ll remember)
No I’ve never been afraid to cry
And I finally have a reason why
I’ll remember (I’ll remember)