This is one of those latin-tinged ballads that Madonna does so well-this time with an electronic twist. This song is very lush and almost hypnotic with its beat and the way she draws you in with her quiet but powerful vocals. Lyrically, she speaks about those intense loves, that unfortunately you know are not going to last or be right for you but that you can’t help being drawn to anyway. I do wish she would stay away from using cliches in her writing (Like a moth to a flame) which though they don’t ruin the song for me, prevent it from being even that much more amazing. I know she can write better more creative lyrics as she proves with many other ROL songs such as Mer Girl. I love so many songs on the ROL album that I don’t always put this one near the top of my list but when it comes on I always am taken in and impressed by it. I think unfortunately it often gets forgotten with so many amazing more attention-grabbing songs around it. Those final whispered vocals as the song starts to fade out are actually one of my favorite parts of the song as Madonna takes the blame for falling for the wrong person. Tragic but beautiful stuff.
This seems to be an appropriate song choice this week due to the US Presedential Election. This has to be one of her least loved singles among fans. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad song – it has its good moments but is also has some “what was she thinking moments” and by that I mean the rap section. I know she ‘s trying to be ironic and make a statement about the excesses of the American dream but it comes off as a bit forced and almost laughable. I do like the “Do I have to change my name, will it get me far” bit quite a bit though – it has that classic M attitude and works much better as a simple but effective statement on America and its obsession with celebrity and fame. I think this part works even better in the live “rock” version during RIT especially with the last screamed “change” at the end. I also quite like the chorus and how it abruptly changes the melody and tone of the song but still flows well somehow. The original shelved video is also an amazing artistic statement and I think it marked the first time that she truly censored herself. Despite its shortcomings, I do enjoy the song, but I do feel it could have been so much more powerful with a little more polish.
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust
Madonna’s material has been a force on Billboard rankings dating to her first entry on Nov. 6, 1982.
Who’s that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonna.
Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance/Club Play Songs tally at No. 40 with “Everybody.” Since then, our charts and pop music have never been the same.
“Everybody” was Madonna’s first single for Sire/Warner Bros. and the first of an amazing 60 hits on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart (so far) for the diva.
Here is a look at a few of the entertainer’s amazing Billboard chart feats through the years:
A record 156 No. 1s. Given her multi-format appeal, winning support at pop, dance and adult formats, Madonna leads all artists for the most No. 1s on all Billboard charts combined. When her latest single “Turn Up the Radio” ruled the Sept. 8 Dance/Club Play Songs chart, Madonna logged her record-extending 156th leader on an active, current-based domestic Billboard survey.
A record 43 Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s. Essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance/Club Play Songs, it’s a safe bet to assume it’ll go to No. 1. Since 2000, she’s placed 26 hits on the survey. Of those, all but five have gone on to lead the list. Madonna is clearly the Queen of the Club. (Janet Jackson is next with 19 No. 1s.) Madonna is on the verge of tying George Strait’s record for the most toppers on any single Billboard chart; the country legend has earned 44 No. 1s on Country Songs.
A record 38 top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles. In the 54-year history of Billboard’s signature songs chart, Madonna has earned a record 38 top 10 hits. With 34, the Beatles rank second. Madonna first reached the Hot 100′s top 10 with 1984′s No. 10 hit “Borderline,” which began her streak of 17 consecutive top 10s through 1989′s No. 2-peaking “Cherish.”
During her recent MDNA tour, Madonna had some harsh words for former protege Lady Gaga. Madonna even made a dig at the similarity between Gaga’s monster hit “Born This Way” and her 1989 song “Express Yourself.”
However, Madonna now reveals she reached out the olive branch to Gaga, who didn’t accept it.
“I have the best fans in the whole world. So take that, Lady Gaga!” Madonna told the crowd at her concert in St. Paul, Minn., before revealing that she had reached out to Gaga. “You know, I invited her onstage to sing with me. But, she turned me down. It’s okay. I’ve been rejected before. It builds a little character.”
Gaga’s rep didn’t respond when The Huffington Post reached out for comment.
Madonna wraps up her North American tour on Nov. 20 in Miami before heading to South America.
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