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".