Today in Madonna History: August 31, 2006

On August 31 2006, Madonna was joined on stage by Lenny Kravitz during a performance of I Love New York at a concert in Paris, France. Kravitz had previously been spotted in the audience at several stops on The Confessions Tour and was clearly a fan of the show.

The appearance followed the pair’s 1990 songwriting collaboration, Justify My Love, and its pseudo-remix, The Beast Within. They also shared the stage during a performance of Ray Of Light at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.

Today in Madonna History: June 22, 2006

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On June 22 2006, Madonna played the second of a two-night run at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The shows were the only Canadian dates during The Confessions Tour, with Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel citing scheduling conflicts with Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, which they had been attempting to route into the itinerary as well.

The concerts also marked Madonna’s welcomed return to Montreal after a thirteen year absence. She previously played at Olympic Stadium during The Girlie Show Tour in 1993, which followed up her first concerts in La Belle Province during 1987’s Who’s That Girl Tour with two dates at The Forum.

(Live photos from July 22 2006 were shared by fans via Madonnalicious.com – many thanks!)

Today in Madonna History: June 14, 2006

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On June 14 2006, the music video for Get Together premiered in North America and Europe.

Fully devoted to the preparation and launch of the Confessions Tour, Madonna was unavailable to shoot a video for the third single from Confessions On A Dance Floor. Warner Bros. Records and Madonna’s management instead commissioned several animation studios to combine live performance footage of Madonna’s 2005 promo show at London’s Koko with computer animated graphics. The original video that was released to music video channels (and is featured below) was directed by Logan.

Oddly, Madonna’s 2009 music video collection, Celebration, featured an alternate submission from 2006 directed by Eu­gene Riecan­sky (this second version had initially been streamed on Madonna’s official website in 2007). The original broadcast version by Logan, however, remains unavailable commercially.

Today in Madonna History: June 6, 2006

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On June 6 2006, Get Together was released as the third international single from the album Confessions On A Dance Floor on Warner Bros. Records.

The initial marketing strategy for Confessions On A Dance Floor included plans to release Jump as its third single. Plans shifted when Get Together proved to be the most popular digital download from the album (excluding its previous two singles, Hung Up and Sorry), warranting its release ahead of Jump, which became the fourth single.

Get Together was written by Madonna, Anders Bagge, Peer Åström & Stuart Price with production by Madonna & Price. The final version also includes a small sampling of string elements from the song’s original production (which only became evident once the original demos leaked to the internet several years later), hence the unusual “Original Production by Bagge & Åström” credit inclusion in the liner notes of the album and single.

Today in Madonna History: April 30, 2006

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On April 30 2006, Madonna performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

During rehearsals, Madonna spotted her publicist (Liz Rosenberg) hanging out and watching the sound check.  Madonna shouted from the stage, “This is for you Liz!” Then she stuck her hands in her pants and started singing Let It Will Be.

To Liz from all of Madonna’s long-time fans – we love you forever and always!

Today in Madonna History: March 26, 2006

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On March 26 2006, UK newspaper The Sunday Telegraph published a story looking at why US radio was no longer playing Madonna’s music, even though Confessions on a Dancefloor was a worldwide hit.

Here’s what Madonna’s then-publicist Liz Rosenberg had to say:

“Dance music isn’t getting the recognition that it deserves on radio stations in America right now, but Madonna really doesn’t evaluate the success of a record by its chart position. She likes to come out of a studio feeling she has done the very best work she can and earning the respect of her peers. She would love American radio to come on board in that way and show the same sort of commitment that European radio has done, but that is not a decision for her. She is about to go on tour and when radio stations are reminded that she is the most phenomenal performer of our time, I am sure they will tune into her again.”