Today in Madonna History: March 30, 2010

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On March 30 2010, Live Nation and Warner Bros. released Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD. From the Live Nation press release:

“Sticky & Sweet”, which was produced by Live Nation, was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history and was seen by over 3.5 million fans in 32 countries around the world. The show, which will be distributed by Warner Bros Records, will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD and will include many of the Material Girl’s hits from the course of her unprecedented career including, “4 Minutes,” “Like a Prayer,” “Hung Up” and “Ray of Light”. Filmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans. Also included are several hits from the multi-Grammy winner’s most recent CD “Hard Candy” which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The DVD also includes 30 minutes of exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.

“Part concert, part block party and all fun, there is still only one Madonna,” raved the Oakland Press in their review of the “Sticky & Sweet” Tour. “A night of triumph and defiance… A two hour multi-media juggernaut,” glowed the LA Times. “Our lady of perpetual motion…This may be the best tour she’s ever stitched together,” claimed the NY Post.

Today in Madonna History: February 26, 2008

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On February 26 2008, Entertainment Weekly magazine confirmed the title, cover art and release date of Madonna’s final studio album for Warner Bros., Hard Candy.

Madonna chose to stick with the sweet theme because “she loves candy,” said her longtime rep, Liz Rosenberg. “It’s about the juxtaposition of tough and sweetness, or as Madonna so eloquently expressed, ‘I’m gonna kick your ass, but it’s going to make you feel good.'”

The album, which would feature Justin Timberlake on multiple tracks and production by Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Nate “Danja” Hills, was scheduled for release on April 29th in North America. The first single, 4 Minutes, would precede it in mid-March.

Today in Madonna History: August 26, 2008

On August 26 2008, a double white vinyl 7-inch set for Madonna’s Hard Candy singles 4 Minutes and Give It 2 Me was released in the U.S. by Warner Bros. Records.

This unusual collectible was Madonna’s first U.S. 7-inch single to include a picture sleeve since Keep It Together in 1990, and her first U.S. 7-inch single to be released in general since 2003’s American Life single.

The set also featured the non-album track (outside of Japan) Ring My Bell and the Eddie Amador House Lovers Edit of Give It 2 Me as b-sides.

Today in Madonna History: August 2, 2008

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On August 2 2008, the second single from Madonna’s Hard Candy album, Give It 2 Me, debuted at #2 on the Hot Dance Singles Chart in the USA. The single would go on to spend 3 non-consecutive weeks at #1.

Here’s the AllMusic.com review of the single by Anthony Tognazzini:

Madonna’s Hard Candy continued the electronica-oriented, disco-centric vibe she began with Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Give It 2 Me, the album’s second single, is a case in point. Co-written and co-produced by industry heavyweight Pharrell Williams, Give It 2 Me pulses, surges, and sashays with all the pop smarts that her fans expect from Madonna.

The Give It 2 Me maxi-single contains 8 remixes of the song from artists as diverse as Paul Oakenfold, Freddie Le Grand, and Sly & Robbie (whose dancehall interpretation of the track truly takes it someplace new). The remixes highlight the song’s incessant danceability, and should have any Madonna fan, especially those of Hard Candy, gyrating with pleasure.

Today In Madonna History: March 26, 2010

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On March 26, 2010, Madonna’s third live album, Sticky & Sweet Tour was released by Warner Bros. Records.  Sticky & Sweet was released on DVD, Blu-ray and CD formats.  The tour was filmed at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina during the 2008 leg of the tour.

The CD included the following live tracks:

1. Candy Shop Medley
2. Beat Goes On Medley – featuring Kanye West
3. Human Nature
4. Vogue 2008
5. She’s Not Me
6. Music 2008
7. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
8. Spanish Lesson
9. La Isla Bonita 2008
10. You Must Love Me
11. Get Stupid Medley
12. Like A Prayer 2008
13. Give It 2 Me

The DVD and Blu-ray included the following live performances:

1. The Sweet Machine
2. Candy Shop Medley
3. Beat Goes On Medley – featuring Kanye West
4. Human Nature
5. Vogue 2008
6. Die Another Day 2008
7. Into The Groove 2008
8. Heartbeat
9. Borderline
10. She’s Not Me
11. Music 2008
12. Rain / Here Comes The Rain Again
13. Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You
14. Spanish Lesson
15. Miles Away
16. La Isla Bonita Medley
17. Me Darava / Doli Doli
18. You Must Love Me
19. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
20. Get Stupid Medley
21. 4 Minutes – featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland
22. Like A Prayer 2008
23. Ray Of Light
24. Like A Virgin 2008
25. Hung Up Medley
26. Give It 2 Me

Today in Madonna History: March 21, 2008

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On March 21 2008, Billboard magazine reviewed the lead single for Madonna’s Hard Candy album, 4 Minutes:

It doesn’t take anywhere close to 4 Minutes to realize that Madonna is poised to score her first top 10 hit since 2005’s Hung Up. The launch single from upcoming Hard Candy – her 11th and final studio album for Warner Bros. – co – stars Justin Timberlake, with production props from Timbaland. There’s an awful lot going on in the busy dance track: sing – song verses, insistent foghorns, cowbells, chants of “tick – tock” and “Madonna, Madonna,” and a rap from Timbaland – but the trade – off chorus between Madge and Justin of “We’ve only got four minutes to save the world” is hooky enough unto itself to sell the song. “4” qualifies as an event record between superpowers who not only share equal billing, but sound gangbusters together. Expect instantaneous penetration for this spring break ’08 anthem.

Today in Madonna History: March 14, 2008

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On March 14 2008, the cover for Madonna’s Hard Candy album was revealed on People.com.  The photo was taken by longtime collaborator Steven Klein.

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