Today in Madonna History: July 22, 1985

1984 steven meisel virgin cover colour (550)

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.

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  1. Like a Virgin-uneven yet-brilliant-had three iconic art pieces-The Royal Signature Hit Material Girl-performed brilliantly during Reinvention years later with electric guitar in hand, the iconic #1 hit title cut recast as sad ballad of loss and sadness during MDNA and Love Don’t Live Here Anymore-a trembling, mournful ballad that would fit Madonna’s forte/style as the years wore on. Each of these three art songs would be paramount for Madonna-with Like a Virgin, rock history was made as Madonna became Detroit Town Crier for America-Rock would never be the same because Madonna will forever be The Sound of Our Future! Hail Madonna, Full of grace!

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