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.”
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On September 29 2009, Warner Bros. Records released Madonna’s Celebration: The Video Collection to accompany the greatest hits collection, Celebration.
The DVD Track Listing:
01) Burning Up
02) Lucky Star
04) Like A Virgin
05) Material Girl
06) Crazy For You
07) Into The Groove
08) Live To Tell
09) Papa Don’t Preach
10) True Blue
11) Open Your Heart
12) La Isla Bonita
13) Who’s That Girl
14) Like A Prayer
15) Express Yourself
18) Justify My Love
20) Deeper and Deeper
22) I’ll Remember
24) Take A Bow
25) Bedtime Story
26) Human Nature
27) I Want You
28) You’ll See
30) Ray Of Light
31) The Power Of Good-Bye
32) Beautiful Stranger
33) American Pie
35) Don’t Tell Me
36) What It Feels Like For A Girl
37) Die Another Day
39) Love Profusion
40) Hung Up
42) Get Together
44) 4 Minutes
45) Give It 2 Me
46) Miles Away
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 March 2 1985, Madonna’s first single from the Vision Quest soundtrack, Crazy For You, was released.
Crazy For You later appeared on Madonna’s greatest hits collection, The Immaculate Collection. It was also included on her greatest ballads collection, Something To Remember and later on her career spanning hit collection, Celebration.
Swaying room as the music starts
Strangers making the most of the dark
Two by two their bodies become one
I see you through the smokey air
Can’t you feel the weight of my stare
You’re so close but still a world away
What I’m dying to say, is that
I’m crazy for you
Touch me once and you’ll know it’s true
I never wanted anyone like this
It’s all brand new, you’ll feel it in my kiss
I’m crazy for you, crazy for you
Trying hard to control my heart
I walk over to where you are
Eye to eye we need no words at all
Slowly now we begin to move
Every breath I’m deeper into you
Soon we two are standing still in time
If you read my mind, you’ll see
It’s all brand new, I’m crazy for you
And you know it’s true
I’m crazy, crazy for you
On December 11 2009, Madonna’s official website announced that Revolver would be released as the second single from the deluxe edition of her greatest hits collection, Celebration. The digital maxi-single would be released on December 29th, with the CD maxi-single hitting North American stores in late January and a vinyl 12″ following in early February 2010. This would be Madonna’s final single release under her contract with Warner Bros. Records.
On July 31 2009, Celebration – the lead single from Madonna’s third greatest hits album of the same name – was released to digital media outlets by Warner Bros. Records. The song was written by Madonna, Paul Oakenfold, Ian Green & Ciaran Gribbin and produced by Madonna & Oakenfold with additional production by Green.
Celebration was one of two new songs written with Oakenfold for the hits collection. The other new track, Broken, was left off the album but was later issued on 12-inch coloured vinyl as an exclusive gift to members of Madonna’s official fan club. Oakenfold also contributed new production to It’s So Cool, an outtake from Madonna’s 2003 album American Life which was used as a bonus track for the deluxe digital download edition of the Celebration album.