On September 29 2003, Madonna promoted her first children’s book, The English Roses, at the Barnes & Noble store at the Rockefeller Center store in New York, with a meet and greet.
Despite a four-week reign at #1 on the maxi-single sales chart (beginning the week of October 5th), a more modest #12 peak on the regular Singles Sales chart prevented Dress You Up from rising above #5 on the Hot 100.
On September 27 2009, Madonna’s hits compilation, Celebration, debuted at number one on the Official UK Album Chart, bringing her total of number ones (11 total) in line with Elvis Presley. Only The Beatles had more number ones, with a total of fifteen.
This achievement also marked another record for Madonna: the most successful female solo artist of all time.
Other records (at this time in Madonna’s career history):
- Madonna had spent more than 29 weeks at number one on the Official UK Album Chart (more than any other female solo artist)
- Madonna had more UK number one singles (13) than any other female solo artist
- Achieved the chart double (simultaneous number one album and single) more times (4) than any other female solo artist
- Completed the highest grossing tour in history (Sticky & Sweet) for a female artist
On September 26 1988, Madonna began recording the Like A Prayer album in Los Angeles, California with collaborators Patrick Leonard and Stephen Bray.
Madonna had begun writing for the album during the down time of her Broadway run in David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow, for which she gave her final performance in late August. With her marriage to Sean Penn on the rocks, Madonna found herself at a personal and creative crossroads – with plenty to express.