Today in Madonna History: April 20, 1992

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On April 20 1992, Madonna signed a $60 million, seven-year contract with Time Warner Inc. as a joint venture to form a new multi-media entertainment company: Maverick.

Madonna was made CEO of Maverick (her own record and music publishing company), which included TV, film, merchandising and book publishing divisions.

The contract re-negotiated and extended Madonna’s contract with Sire Records: a $5 million advance per album & a 20% royalty rate for her next seven albums. The future recordings would all be released by Maverick/Sire Records.

Today in Madonna History: April 19, 2012

On April 19 2012, Madonna spoke about Dick Clark’s passing (April 18 2012):

“Even though I told him in 1984 that I wanted to rule the world, it’s Dick Clark who ruled the world. He loved what he did and his energy and enthusiasm were boundless. A great man. I bow to his memory and everything he did with his life.”

Today in Madonna History: April 18, 2012

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On April 18 2012, Madonna was interviewed by Harry Smith as part of NBC’s Rock Center.

Madonna talked about her Super Bowl performance, rehearsing for her upcoming MDNA World Tour, parenting and her thoughts on the paparazzi photos of Lourdes smoking.

Today in Madonna History: April 17, 2008

On April 17 2008, Madonna posted a message for her fans on YouTube from the set of the Give It 2 Me music video in London. In the message, Madonna thanked her fans for making videos for 4 Minutes, and reminds them to clean up after themselves.

Watch the message:

Today in Madonna History: April 16, 2021

On April 16 2021, a new digital album or remix EP for Madonna’s What It Feels Like For A Girl single was loaded to digital platforms. 

The digital single was loaded with 12 remixes, including some promo-only cuts never before available commercially:

  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Radio Edit) 4:03
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) 7:19
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) 8:06
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) 6:43
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Tracy Young Club Mix) 8:56
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond 12″ Club) 7:25
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) 4:46
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) 3:39
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) 3:44
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (George Best Saturday Night Mix) 5:23
  • What It Feels Like For A Girl (That Kid Chris Caligula 2001 Mix) 9:51
  • Lo Que Siente La Mujer 4:43

Download or stream the remixes now!

Today in Madonna History: April 15, 1989

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On April 15 1989, Madonna’s Like A Prayer became the number one dance single on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Like A Prayer remained number one for the week of April 22.

Today in Madonna History: April 6 1990

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On April 6 1990, Madonna’s Vogue maxi single was released.

Here is the allmusic.com review of the maxi single:

Vogue, the first single from Madonna’s Dick Tracy-inspired 1990 album I’m Breathless, was arguably one of her crowning artistic achievements (both song-wise and video-wise), one of the biggest all-time house music hits (spending three weeks atop the U.S. pop charts), and her second proper U.S. maxi-single release. The single includes four versions: the single version, the 12″ version, the Bette Davis Dub, and the Strike-A-Pose Dub. The song’s most definitive version, that being the album/video version, is not on the single. The single version, where she asks “what are you looking at,” begins with drumbeats and goes straight into the song, as opposed to the album version’s minute-long introduction. Besides the different intros, however, the rest is the same. The 12″ version is, naturally, quite longer, and just as good. The “Bette Davis Dub” begins with the extended album intro, but, save for the chorus and the “rap,” is virtually instrumental, as is the last mix, which cleverly uses samples from Like a Virgin. This disc’s main selling point is the fact that it’s a collection piece, and for collectors and diehards, it’s nice to have the single edit and 12″ mix. But if one is a casual fan, go with the album version.

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