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: December 7, 1996

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On December 7 1996, You Must Love Me spent its final week on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart.

The song spent a total of six weeks on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, peaking at #23 during the week of November 23rd.

Today in Madonna History: September 25, 2008

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On September 25 2008, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour was performed at Jaz Beach, Budva, Montenegro.

Here are some photos of the stage being built on-site:

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Today in Madonna History: July 4, 2009

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On July 4 2009, the Sticky & Sweet Tour‘s 2009 extension began with the first of two sold out dates at London’s O2 Arena.

In January 2009, following the completion of European, North American and South American legs of the massively successful 2008 Sticky & Sweet Tour, it was confirmed that Madonna would extend the tour during the Summer of 2009 with a second European leg before concluding with two dates in Israel in September. The itinerary for the extension consisted largely of markets where Madonna either hadn’t previously performed or hadn’t visited in many years.

In a January 2009 interview with Billboard.com, Live Nation chairman Arthur Fogel commented on the extended run of the tour:

“It absolutely has not happened in the four tours I’ve been involved with, […] There has been talk [of extending] during each one, but it has never come to be. But with this one, she loves the show, she’s had a great time and she’s excited about playing new markets. […] We went to quite a few markets she has never played or hasn’t been to in 15-plus years. This [extension] is really a continuation of that in the sense of playing new and different markets. [The six-month break] is a long hiatus, but everybody was excited to continue. […] So we basically worked out the arrangements for all the performers, crew and equipment and we’ll be ready to go.”

The extension’s opening night and all subsequent dates featured three song changes to the original setlist: Holiday replaced Heartbeat, a guitar-heavy version of Dress You Up took the place of Borderline, and the non fan-favorite “rock version” of Hung Up was dropped in favour of a much more pleasing, club-ready mash-up of Frozen with I’m Not Alone by Calvin Harris (which also threw in snippets of Open Your Heart).

Madonna also included a special tribute to Michael Jackson during Holiday, as well as a quote attributed to him at the end of Frozen (the lyrics quoted from his song Man In The Mirror were in fact written by Madonna’s occasional backing singer, Siedah Garrett, if you want to get technical). At the time of his passing Jackson had been scheduled to begin a run of comeback concerts at the O2 Arena, beginning the week after Madonna’s shows at the venue.

(Thanks to Michael aka MykillICON for the video footage and pictures!)

Today in Madonna History: April 2, 2012

On April 2 2012, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour was broadcast on VH1 in the U.S. as part of the channel’s “Friday Night Alright” lineup.

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: October 27, 1996

On October 27 1996, Madonna’s You Must Love Me (the lead single from Evita) was released.

Kathleen Guerdo’s review for Billboard:

“Madonna delivers what is by far one of the strongest vocal performances of her career, comfortably scaling to the song’s demanding soprano heights while infusing it with delicate, heart-rending emotion. This bodes well for the creative potency of the rest of the soundtrack, which is due Nov. 14. Prepare for wall-to-wall airplay of this flawless ballad on pop and AC radio.”

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