On September 19 2000, Madonna’s eighth studio album Music was released by Maverick Records. Music was released in some markets on September 18.
In anticipation of the release Madonna made this statement:
“Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on… Hi, it’s Madonna. You’ve probably been hearing about my new record, Music, for a while. Well, I just wanted to make sure you knew that the single is gonna drop very soon. I worked on it with a French guy named Mirwais, and he is the shit. The album will be released worldwide on September 19, and I hope you like my music.”
On September 18 2001, Impressive Instant was released as a promotional club single to DJs in the US. Written and produced by Madonna & Mirwais Ahmadzaï, the track is bright and uplifting in its content and composition. Originally intended to be the fourth single of the Music album, a commercial release was cancelled due to a disagreement between Madonna and her recording company.
Potentially fearing the track as being too experimental to garner significant airplay, Warner had instead showed interest in releasing Amazing as the fourth single. If hopes were that it would replicate the airplay success of her similar-sounding summertime hit Beautiful Stranger several years prior, Madonna was reportedly less enthusiastic about repeating herself. Promotional copies of Amazing were issued in Germany, Spain, Columbia and Israel before Warner seemingly pulled the plug on pushing the song – perhaps at Madonna’s insistence. In the end, the rift reportedly resulted in neither track being released commercially, making Music her first studio album (excluding I’m Breathless) to spawn only three commercial singles.
Remixes that had been commissioned for Impressive Instant by the late Peter Rauhofer were finally released to clubs as a promotional single at the tail end of her successful Drowned World Tour.
Official Peter Rauhofer promotional remixes of Impressive Instant :
- Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Club Mix (aka Remix #1)
- Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Dub
- Peter Rauhofer’s Universal Radio Mixshow Mix
- Peter Rauhofer’s Drowned World Dub
- Peter Rauhofer’s Drowned World Dub Part 2
- Remix #2
On April 16 2021, a new digital album or remix EP for Madonna’s What It Feels Like For A Girl single was loaded to digital platforms.
The digital single was loaded with 12 remixes, including some promo-only cuts never before available commercially:
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Radio Edit) 4:03
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) 7:19
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) 8:06
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) 6:43
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Tracy Young Club Mix) 8:56
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond 12″ Club) 7:25
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) 4:46
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) 3:39
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) 3:44
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (George Best Saturday Night Mix) 5:23
- What It Feels Like For A Girl (That Kid Chris Caligula 2001 Mix) 9:51
- Lo Que Siente La Mujer 4:43
Download or stream the remixes now!
On March 22 2001, Madonna’s What It Feels Like For A Girl music video premiered.
The video was directed by Madonna’s then-husband, Guy Ritchie, and was deemed to be “Too Hot for TV” by MTV and VH1 because the video depicted gunplay, assault and suicide.
MTV released this statement about the video and their decision to ban it:
It’s been some time since Madonna ruffled the feathers of MTV or VH1 execs with a controversial video — perhaps not since 1992’s Erotica clip — so just under a decade later, the first lady of shock pop is out to prove she can still make ’em sweat.
Unlike the steamy segments of Erotica, 1990’s Justify My Love, and the one that started it all, Like a Prayer, it’s not the sexual content of What It Feels Like for a Girl that raises the red flag, it’s the violence — a concerted no-no in the post-Columbine, and more recently post-Santana, decision-making process.
The music in the video, it should be noted, is a dance remix of the version found on Madonna’s latest album, Music. The album cut will serve as the LP’s third single.
The video “shows my character acting out a fantasy and doing things girls are not allowed to do,” Madonna said in a written statement distributed by her record label, Warner Bros. “This is an angry song and I wanted a matching visual with an edgy dance mix.”
Although What It Feels Like for a Girl won’t be added to the music channel’s regular rotation, MTV and VH1 will air the clip just once.
On February 20 2001, Madonna’s official website announced that Madonna planned to record a Spanish version of her next single, What It Feels Like For A Girl, with a tentative release date of late March.
While the Spanish version (titled Lo Que Siente La Mujer) featured on the maxi-single and serviced to Latin radio stations was set to the album version of the song, Madonna would blend the Spanish lyrics with the music from the Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix for the live version performed during the Drowned World Tour.
On January 16 2001, Don’t Tell Me was released commercially in North America as the second single from Music.
Written by Madonna, Mirwais & Joe Henry, the song was Madonna’s first collaboration with her brother-in-law, whom she had known since high school. Henry sent a demo (then titled Stop) to Madonna after his wife, Melanie, insisted that her sister would love the song. Madonna & Mirwais drastically altered the music and melody and renamed the song Don’t Tell Me. Henry released his version on his eighth studio album, Scar, in May 2001.
The maxi-single featured remixes by Thunderpuss, Timo Mass, Victor Calderone, Richard “Humpty” Vission and Tracy Young. Don’t Tell Me was the last Madonna release to be issued on cassette single in the U.S. and was also available on 2-track CD single, CD Maxi-Single (enhanced with the music video) and as a double 12″ vinyl set. In Canada, it was released only on CD maxi-single.