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La isla bonita

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard/Bruce Gaitsch. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on February 25, 1987

Found in:
True blue (1986)
The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: None

Live performances on Tour:
The Who’s that girl Tour (1987)
The Girlie Show (1993)
The Drowned World Tour (2001)
The Confessions Tour (2006)
The Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: March 21, 1987
Peak date: May 2-16, 1987
Final week on chart: July 11, 1987
Peak: #4 (3 weeks)
Chart run: 49-39-25-18-12-7-4-4-4-9-19-25-38-56-58-77-99-off (17 weeks)

BILLBOARD HOT 100: (May 2, 1987)
#1 “I just died in your arms” CUTTING CREW  
#2 “Looking for a new love” JODY MATLEY
#3 “Don’t dream it’s over” CROWDED HOUSE
#4 “La isla bonita” MADONNA (7 weeks/2 weeks at Top 10)
#5 “Sign O the times” PRINCE
#6 “With or without you” U2

#7 “I knew you were waiting” ARETHA FRANKLIN & GEORGE MICHAEL
#8 “The finer things” STEVE WINWOOD
#9  “Nothing’s gonna stop us now” STARSHIP
#10 “Stone love” KOOL

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: March 21, 1987
Peak date: May 2, 1987
Final week on chart: May 23, 1987
Peak: #3
Chart run:
(10 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: March 21, 1987
Peak date: May 2, 1987
Final week on chart: June 6, 1987
Peak: #3
Chart run: ?-?-?-?-?-?-3-?-?-?-?-?-off (12 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: April 4, 1987
Peak date: May 23, 1987
Peak position: #1 (1 week)
Final week on chart: July 25, 1987
Chart run: 31-22-14-9-7-4-2-1-3-6-10-12-18-18-28-28-?-off  (17 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: April 11, 1987
Peak date: May 15, 1987
Peak position: #1 (1 week)
Final week on chart: June 20, 1987
Chart run: 18-10-8-3-3-1-2-6-10-28-44-off (11 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: April 4, 1987
Peak date: April 25-May 2, 1987
Peak: #1 (2 weeks). Certification: SILVER
Final week on chart: June 13, 1987
Chart run:  5-3-2-1-1-3-7-17-24-35-53-off (11 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #6
Austria #1
Belgium: #3
Canada: #1
Eurochart Hot 100: #1
Finland: #18
France: #1 (GOLD)
Germany: #1 (GOLD)
Ireland: #2
Italy: #18
Netherlands: #2
New Zealand: #5
Norway: #5
Spain: #8
Sweden: #3
Switzerland: #1

Worldwide Sales: 1,400,000

“La isla bonita” is Madonna’s 17th overall single and 15th in the United States. The fifth and final single from “True blue”, features Spanish inspired production, as well as some lyrics in Spanish as well. This would become a recurrent theme in Madonna’s songs and was one of the first English-speaking performers who dared to sing in Spanish, a trend that would take no time to be imitated by many pop stars. It’s no brainer, since this song became another huge hit for Madonna, her 11th consecutive Top 5 single in the US and her 4th number one single in the UK, an incredible feat, since it was already the 5th single. It has been performed on five concert tours, and probably is the most re-invented live song by Madonna, along with Holiday.  







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