Today in Madonna History: December 27, 2003

On December 27 2003, Nothing Fails peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart.

Unfortunately this chart position owed more to the disappearing physical singles market in the U.S. at the time than it did to the song’s overall popularity. Despite the remixes being relatively well-received (the maxi-single included club mixes of Nobody Knows Me), with no accompanying music video and a complete lack of radio support Nothing Fails failed to crack the Hot 100 singles chart. This marked the first time in Billboard’s history that a single topped the Singles Sales chart in the U.S. without making an appearance on the Hot 100.

In more reassuring chart news, Billboard announced in the same issue that Madonna was being crowned Top Dance Singles Sales Artist for 2003. Madonna had previously achieved this honour in 1985 and 1987, and held the runner-up position in 2000 and 2001.

Today in Madonna History: October 25, 2003

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On October 25 2003, Me Against the Music (Britney Spears featuring Madonna) debuted at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single spent 13 weeks on the chart, eventually peaking at #35 in the USA.

Today in Madonna History: September 14, 2003

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LONDON - SEPTEMBER 14:   Madonna launches her illustrated children's book "The English Roses".  First of a series of five books based on the moral teachings of the Kaballah religion at Kensington Roof Gardens on  September 14, 2003 in London. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)

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On September 14 2003, Madonna attended The English Roses tea party in London, to launch her first children’s book.

The tea party took place at the Kensington Roof Gardens, with many celebrity parents and their children in attendance, including Nigella Lawson.

Today in Madonna History: July 30, 2003

On July 30 2003, GAP premiered its latest commercial starring Madonna and Missy Elliot. The commercial, featured a mash-up of Madonna’s Into The Groove + Hollywood = Into The Hollywood Groove, featuring Missy Elliot.

Watch the short version here:

Please let us know if you have a link to a better version of this video (either version), thanks!

Today in Madonna History: June 3, 2003

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On June 3 2003, the Die Another Day movie was released on home video and DVD.  The releases included Madonna’s Die Another Day music video and making-of documentary.

Today in Madonna History: June 2, 2003

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On June 2 2003, Madonna began filming the Hollywood music video in Los Angeles, California. The music video was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and portrays Madonna highlighting the highs and lows of Hollywood.

Jean-Baptiste Mondino said this about the concept of the video:

“Some kind of artifice that Hollywood can provide, that is so wide and has a graphic story-line about it as well as some humour about it, and to show the beauty, the scariness, the sexiness and the loneliness that one’s success can be, ’cause everybody’s dreaming about Hollywood, no matter what. The expectation can be very dangerous, and maybe for somebody like Madonna, who might be at a point, to realize that to be on the top is maybe not that important. That’s what I feel about the video.”

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Today in Madonna History: April 26, 2003

On April 26 2003, Madonna’s American Life single spent the first of two weeks at #1 on the Soundscan Canadian Singles chart.

American Life was the last physical Madonna two-track single issued by Warner Music Canada, while production of CD maxi-singles would continue domestically until the 2006 release of Jump.

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