Today in Madonna History: September 22, 1998

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On September 22 1998, The Power of Good-Bye was released as the third North American single from the Ray Of Light album. It was the fourth single in international markets that opted to release Drowned World/Substitute For Love as the album’s third single.

In the UK, the release was promoted as a double A-side single with Little Star.

The Power Of Good-Bye was written by Madonna & Rick Nowels and was produced by Madonna, William Orbit & Patrick Leonard. An earlier demo version of the track, believed to have been produced by Madonna & Leonard prior to Orbit’s involvement in the project, leaked in 2002.

Today in Madonna History: May 21, 2021

On May 21 2021, a new digital album or remix EP for Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger single was loaded to digital platforms. 

The digital single was loaded with 5 remixes:

  • Beautiful Stranger (Calderone Club Mix)
  • Beautiful Stranger (Calderone Dub Mix)
  • Beautiful Stranger (Calderone Mix)
  • Beautiful Stranger (New Club Edit)
  • Beautiful Stranger (William Orbit Radio Edit)

Download or stream the remixes now!

Today in Madonna History: May 6, 1998

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On May 6 1998, Ray of Light was released by Maverick Records. The title track from her seventh studio album was issued internationally as the album’s second single.

Ray Of Light is based on a track called Sepheryn by Curtiss Maldoon, and was included on their 1971 self-titled album. In 1996, Christine Leach, Maldoon’s niece, recorded her version of the track with William Orbit. Leach said she had always loved Dave Curtiss and Clive Maldoon’s work and noted that Sepheryn had a dream-like quality. Leach revised the chorus melody while Orbit provided new music for the song. After Madonna heard Leach’s version of the track, she immediately took to it and began reworking its lyrics.

Maldoon said he “couldn’t believe it” after he heard it, and was pleased with what Madonna had done with his original composition. Madonna said about the song: “It’s totally out of control. The original version is well over 10 minutes long. It was completely indulgent, but I loved it. It was heartbreaking to cut it down to a manageable length.”

Madonna’s original unedited version was set to be included on a remix album titled Veronica Electronica that was initially discussed as a follow-up to Ray Of Light, but plans for the collection apparently never made it past the drawing board.

Today in Madonna History: April 8, 1999

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On April 8 1999, American TV newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight (aka ET) revealed the title of the new song Madonna had recorded for the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack: Beautiful Stranger.

Beautiful Stranger launched to radio in mid-May and quickly became a sizeable summertime hit along with the Maverick Records-issued soundtrack album which landed in North American record stores on June 1st, 1999.

Today in Madonna History: April 2, 2012

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On April 2 2012, the third single from Madonna’s MDNA album, Masterpiece, was released in the United Kingdom.

Masterpiece was composed by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry and produced by Madonna and William Orbit.

When Madonna was directing her film W.E., her manager Guy Oseary persuaded her to compose a song for the soundtrack. Frost was living in Los Angeles at that time and was assessing her priorities in the music world, and wanted to collaborate with a number of artists, Madonna being the first. “She is an icon”, Frost said, “But most importantly she has some of the best Pop songs in the history of music… so yeah it’s always a dream to work with people like her.” Orbit, who was working with Frost and Harry on an assignment, contacted them for collaborating with Madonna on Masterpiece. He had heard Frost’s initial composition of the song and knew that Madonna would love it. According to Frost the theme explained to them was about bittersweet love and the hardships felt being in a relationship. Madonna, Frost and Harry sat together with this idea and brainstormed and came up with the lyrics and the melody. Over time, Madonna changed the structure of the song and the final version was ready for recording.

Madonna recalled:

“Guy harangued me for the entire time I was filming and editing my movie to write a song. And I said, ‘Please, Guy, I’m trying to focus on being a director and I want people to pay attention to the film and I don’t have time.’ So then I finished the film and I started making my record and somehow magically and miraculously the song emerged, ‘Masterpiece,’ so thank you, Guy Oseary, for being so irritating.”

Today in Madonna History: March 19, 2021

On March 19 2021, a new digital album or remix EP for Madonna’s Bedtime Story single was loaded to digital platforms.

The digital single was loaded with 15 remixes, including some promo-only cuts never before available commercially:

  1. Bedtime Story (Edit)
  2. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Wet Dream Mix)
  3. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Dreamy Drum Dub)
  4. Survival
  5. Bedtime Story (Orbital Mix)
  6. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Sound Factory Mix)
  7. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Single Mix)
  8. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Sound Factory Mix Edit)
  9. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Sound Factory Dub)
  10. Bedtime Story (Junior’s Wet Dream Dub)
  11. Bedtime Story (Lush Vocal Radio Edit)
  12. Bedtime Story (Lush Vocal Mix)
  13. Bedtime Story (Luscious Dub Mix)
  14. Bedtime Story (Percapella Mix)
  15. Bedtime Story (Unconscious in the Jungle Mix)

Today in Madonna History: February 24, 1999

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On February 24 1999, Madonna performed Nothing Really Matters at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards. Madonna also took home 4 Grammies:

  • Best Pop Album – David Reitzas, Jon Ingoldsby, Pat McCarthy (engineers/mixers), William Orbit (producer) and Madonna (producer & artist) for Ray Of Light
  • Best Dance Recording – Pat McCarthy (mixer), William Orbit (producer) and Madonna (producer & artist) for Ray of Light
  • Best Short Form Music Video – Jonas Åkerlund (video director) and Madonna for Ray of Light
  • Best Recording Package – Kevin Reagan (art director) for Ray of Light performed by Madonna
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