Madonna (Madonna album)

Madonna
Madonna's image with her right hand placed on her right cheek and with the left hand, she holds on to a number of chains wound on her neck.
Studio album by Madonna
Released July 27, 1983 (1983-07-27)
Recorded May 1982 – April 1983
Studio Sigma Sound Studios
( New York City)
Genre
Length 40:47
Label
Producer
Madonna chronology
Madonna
(1983)
Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits!
(1984) Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits!1984
Madonna video chronology
Madonna
(1984) Madonna1984
Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour
(1985) Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour1985
Alternate cover
Madonna wearing crucifix earrings and multiple plastic wrist bracelets around right wrist
Cover for the 1985 international re-release of the album, titled Madonna: The First Album
Singles from Madonna
  1. " Everybody"
    Released: October 6, 1982
  2. " Burning Up"
    Released: March 9, 1983
  3. " Holiday"
    Released: September 7, 1983
  4. " Lucky Star"
    Released: September 8, 1983
  5. " Borderline"
    Released: February 15, 1984

Madonna (retitled Madonna: The First Album for the 1985 re-release) is the debut album by American singer Madonna, released on July 27, 1983 by Sire Records. After having met New York City club DJ Mark Kamins, Kamins offered to help Madonna get a record deal. Madonna stated to Kamins that if he got her a record deal, she would let him produce the album. Kamins passed her demo tape along to Sire Records, which eventually signed Madonna to a singles contract. The contract, in essence, allowed Madonna to record individual singles for the label and if they are successful, the label would allow the recording of a full-length album. Since Kamins helped secure that deal, he produced the first single, " Everybody", released in 1982. The song did not crack the US or UK top 100, but was successful on the US Dance Chart. Although Madonna had stated to Kamins, before she had a record deal, that he can produce if he obtained her a deal, she moved on to a different producer ( Reggie Lucas) for the second single, the double A side "Physical Attraction/Burning Up", upsetting Kamins. Madonna still did not score a hit on the main US or UK chart, but once again, scored another US Dance Chart hit. The success of these singles was enough for Sire Records to greenlight a full-length album. Lucas went on to produce the remainder of the album, with the exception of the song " Holiday", which was produced by by John "Jellybean" Benitez, whom Madonna had met and was impressed by his work. She also requested that Benitez provide additional remixing to some completed songs by Lucas.

The Madonna has an upbeat synthetic disco sound, using new technology of the time, including the Linn drum machine, Moog bass and Oberheim OB-X synthesizer. Madonna sings in a bright, girlish timbre, with lyrics about love and relationships. She solely wrote five of the album's eight tracks. To promote the album, Madonna performed one-off gigs in clubs and on television in the United States and United Kingdom throughout 1983–84, followed by the Virgin Tour in 1985. After the release of the Madonna album, three additional singles were released: "Holiday", " Borderline", and " Lucky Star". Their accompanying music videos were released on the Madonna video compilation.

Madonna peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, and at the time of its release, was certified platinum for shipments of one million in the US. Since its 1983 release, it has been certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of five million copies in the US. It reached the top ten of the charts in Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and has, since its release, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Though Madonna was dismissed by some critics at the time of its release, it has been applauded by contemporary critics; in 2008, the album placed number five on Entertainment Weekly's list of "Top 100 Best Albums of Past 25 Years".

Background

In 1982, Madonna, aged 24, was living in New York, and trying to set up her music career. [1] She was joined by her Detroit boyfriend Steve Bray who became the drummer of her band, the Breakfast Club, which played generally hard-rock music. Soon they abandoned playing songs in the hard-rock genre, and got signed by a music management company called Gotham Records, planning to move in a new musical direction. [2] They decided to pursue the funk genre, but the record company was not happy with their musical talents and they were dropped from the label. Madonna and Bray left the band. [1] Meanwhile, she had written and developed some songs on her own. She carried rough versions of three of the songs, " Everybody", "Ain't No Big Deal", and " Burning Up". At that time she was frequenting the Danceteria nightclub in New York. It was here that Madonna convinced the DJ Mark Kamins to play her demo. [1] Kamins played "Everybody" which was received well by the crowd, and Kamins decided that he would help Madonna a record deal, on the understanding that he would get to produce. [1] He took her to his boss Chris Blackwell, who owned Island Records, but Blackwell declined signing Madonna so Kamins approached Sire Records. [3] Michael Rosenblatt, who worked in the artists and repertoire department of Sire, eventually offered to sign Madonna, offering her $5,000 in advance, plus $10,000 in royalties for each song she wrote. [4] [5]

Madonna was ultimately signed for two 12" singles by the president of Sire, Seymour Stein [4] after listening to the demo at a hospital in Lenox Hill where he was admitted at time. [5] The 12" version of "Everybody" was produced by Mark Kamins at Blank Tapes Studios in New York. [5] The new recording ran 5:56 on one side and 9:23 for the dub version on the reverse side. Madonna and Kamins had to record the single at their own cost. [6] Arthur Baker, friend of Mark Kamins, guided him through the role of a music producer and provided him with studio musician Fred Zarr who played keyboards on the track. [7] Zarr became one of the common musical threads on the album by eventually performing on every track. Due to restrained budget the recording was done hurriedly. Madonna and Kamins had difficulty in understanding each other's inputs for the sessions. Rosenblatt wanted to release "Everybody" with "Ain't No Big Deal" on the other side, but later changed his mind and put "Everybody" on both sides of the vinyl record after hearing the recorded version of "Ain't No Big Deal" and not being impressed. [5] The single was commercially released in October 1982 and became a dance hit in the United States. This led to Sire releasing additional singles and a full-length album. [4] [8]

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