Madonna

NEWS: Madonna at 60

The Queen of Pop Madonna, turns 60 years old today!

by Christopher Smith

She’s sold over 220 million albums and 120 million singles worldwide, more than any other female artist in recording history. She is Madonna. Queen of music. And today she celebrates her 60th birthday!

So as a ‘celebration'(!) here are her biggest selling hits of all time, in reverse order of course, looking back over the best of the last 36 years.

10. Music (2000)

The title track from her ninth studio album reached No.1 in 17 countries, selling 1.1 million copies in the US and 415,000 in the UK as well as a further 900,000 copies across the rest of the world.

9. Material Girl (1984)

The second single lifted from her second studio album “Like A Virgin” reached No.2 in the US selling 1.2 million copies and No.3 in the UK selling 380,000 copies, together with a further 900,000 globally.

8. Papa Don’t Preach (1986)

The lead single from her third album “True Blue” topped the chart in 11 countries worldwide including The US, where it sold a million copies and The UK, where it has sold over 600,000 copies, together with a further 800,000 copies worldwide.

7. Into The Groove (1985)

The fourth single to be lifted from “Like A Virgin” reached No.1 in ten countries including the UK where it has sold 800,000 copies. It has also sold a million in the US and a further 900,000 across the rest of the world.

6. Crazy For You (1985)

Madonna’s song from the film ‘Vision Quest’ topped the chart in three countries including the US where it has sold over a million copies. It reached No.2 in the UK on two separate occasions (1985 and 1991) and has sold 780,000 there, with a further 950,000 in other territories.

5. Like A Virgin (1984)

The lead single from her second studio album of the same name topped the chart in four countries including the US where it has sold 1.9 million copies. It reached No.3 in the UK and has sold 800,000, as well as a further 750,000 across the rest of the world.

4. Like A Prayer (1989)

The title track and lead single from Madonna’s fourth studio album reached No.1 in 20 countries across the globe including the US where it has sold two million copies and the UK where it sold 610,000 copies and a further 1.5 million elsewhere.

3. Vogue (1990)

Madonna’s trend-setting entry into the 1990’s topped the chart in 17 countries including the US where it sold 2.3 million copies and the UK where it has sold 540,000 copies, as well as a further 1.8 million copies throughout the rest of the world.

2. 4 Minutes (2008)

Madonna’s ‘duet’ with Justin Timberlake was the lead single from her 2008 album “Hard Candy” and topped the chart in 22 countries worldwide including the US where it has sold 3.1 million copies and the UK where it has shifted 570,000 copies, together with a further two million copies across the rest of the world.

1. Hung Up (2005)

Sampling ABBA’s “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”, the lead single from 2005’s “Confessions On A Dancefloor” topped the chart in a whopping 41 countries globally including the US where is has sold 1.4 million copies and the UK where sales exceed 620,000 copies. To date it has sold over nine million copies worldwide!

And if it’s a birthday concert you crave, then look no further. Here’s the very best of Madonna live, as voted for by you, the fans. Sit back and enjoy!

Happy birthday your ‘Madge-esty’!

Clinking Glasses on Apple iOS 11.3

Catch up with Madonna via her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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