Today in Madonna History: September 27, 2009

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On September 27 2009, Madonna’s hits compilation, Celebration, debuted at number 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

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Today in Madonna History: May 30, 2009

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On May 30 2009, Madonna attended the second annual Vueve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic polo match on Governor’s Island in New York.

She was joined by designer Marc Jacobs, photographer Steven Klein and her children Rocco and David.

The event raised money for Prince Harry’s organization supporting orphans with AIDS in the African nation of Lesotho.

Today in Madonna History: May 5, 2009

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On May 5 2009, Madonna attended The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala Ball with Jesus Luz (boyfriend), Guy Oseary (her manager) and her publicist Liz Rosenberg.

Here’s what Marie Claire had to say about Madonna’s MET appearance:

Madonna blows minds with bunny ears! Madonna was back to her attention-grabbing best last night, stepping out for her first red carpet appearance with toyboy lover Jesus Luz at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala ball. And it wasn’t just the arm candy that got tongues wagging. The Queen of Pop brought out her 80s side, taking the evening’s dress theme – The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion’ and running with it. Dressed in a navy blue ruched Louis Vuitton mini dress, thigh-high black boots and the black fingerless gloves of old, Madge completed her ensemble with a teal-coloured hair piece tied around a top knot. The style chameleon’s get-up didn’t put off beau of the moment though, as 22-year-old toy-boy, Jesus Luz, showed up at fashion’s most stylish annual bash, looking super suave in a slick black dinner jacket and waited attentively as the flashbulbs went into overdrive for his date. The pair has frequently been spotted out and about in New York in recent weeks but last night was the couple’s first outing as a confirmed item and the duo couldn’t have cared less about the ensuing gossip.

Today in Madonna History: October 17, 2009

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On October 17 2009, Madonna’s Celebration collection debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 with sales of 72,000 in USA.

Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine gave the compilation four out of five stars and commented that “functionally, what Madonna and fans are really celebrating with the release of Celebration is the hard proof that Madonna’s back catalogue is now so immense and so varied that she can release a behemoth, two-disc greatest hits package that shoehorns in 36 songs and still manages to significantly short-change the singer’s legacy.”

Are there songs that are missing from this collection? Are there songs that do not belong on Celebration? Share your thoughts..