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Frozen

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard. Producer: Madonna/William Orbit/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Warner Bros. in February 23, 1998

Found in:
Ray of light (1998)
GHV2 (2001)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: GOLD
Soundscan: 662,870 copies (06/2006)
Downloads: 72,340 (02/2008) 

Live performances:
The Drowned World Tour (2001)
The Reinvention Tour (2004)
The Sticky & Sweet  Tour (2009)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: March 21, 1998
Peak date: April 4, 1998
Final week on chart: August 1, 1998
Peak: #2 (1 week)
Chart run: 8-5-2-3-4-4-5-9-11-14-15-16-18-22-40-40-44-54-62-56-off (20 weeks)

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: March 21, 1998
Peak date: April 4, 1998
Final week on chart: September 5, 1998
Peak: #10
Chart run:
 17-14-10-13-16-17-18-21-21-20-27-30-30-31-35-42-51-62-68-63-63-73-74-70-75-off (25 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: February 28, 1998
Peak date: April 4-25, 1998
Final week on chart: July 11, 1998
Peak: #7 (4 weeks)
Chart run: 31-12-10-8-8-7-7-7-7-8-9-10-16-16-19-21-31-47-48-67
-off (20 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: March 14, 1998
Peak date: February 22-March 8, 1997
Final week on chart: May 16-23/June 6, 1998
Peak: #8
Chart run: 28-23-21-17-17-14-14-13-10-8-8-9-8-11-15-17-19-21-22-25-27-29-29-28-28-28-off (26 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: March 28, 1998
Peak date: April 25-May 2, 1998
Final week on chart: June 13, 1998
Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
Chart run: 38-11-4-2-1-1-3-7-8-19-29-50-off (12 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: March 28, 1998
Peak date: April 4-18, 1998
Final week on chart: April 17, 1999
Peak: #2 (3 weeks)
Chart run: 14-2-2-2-4-3-5-9-11-8-12-13-7-6-8-9-10-10-15-14-17-14-13-15-14-20-15-16-20-21-14-17-18-16-18-30-28-23-21-28-23-20-18-20-24-24-29-37-34-43-35-36-40-45-44-46-off (56 weeks)

Top 40 Mainstream
Debut Date: March 7, 1998
Peak Date: April 4, 1998
Final Week on Chart: June 27, 1998
Peak Position: #4
Chart run: 16-10-6-5-4-6-6-7-9-8-13-19-22-26-31-35-39-off (17 weeks)

Rhythmic Top 40
Debut Date: March 7, 1998
Peak Date: March 28, 1998
Final Week on Chart: May 16, 1998
Peak Position: #15
Chart run: 29-27-17-15-16-18-19-18-19-26-28-off (11 weeks)

Adult Top 40
Debut Date: March 7, 1998
Peak Date: May 2, 1998
Final Week on Chart: July 18, 1998
Peak Position: #9
Chart run: 30-23-21-19-15-14-14-12-9-10-11-13-19-24-23-29-27-28-37-39-off (20 weeks)

Hot 100 Recurrent Singles
Debut Date: August 8, 1998
Peak Date: August 8, 1998
Final Week on Chart: October 24, 1998
Peak Position: #10
Chart run: 10-12-12-14-15-18-22-18-26-28-off-27-off (11 weeks)

UK Official Top 100 Singles
Debut date: March 7, 1999
Peak date: March 7, 1998
Sales: 525,000 copies (Aug 2008)
Certification: GOLD
Sales Peak: #1 (1 week)
Airplay Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Final week on chart: May 30, 1998
Chart run: 1-3-5-6-13-13-18-22-34-44-60-64-68
-off (13 weeks)

Rest of the world
Australia: #5
Austria: #2
Belgium (Flanders): #2
Belgium (Wallonia): #3
Canada: #2
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #2
Finland: #1
France: #2
Germany: #2
Ireland: #4
Italy: #1

Netherlands: #2
New Zealand: #5
Norway: #2
Spain: #1
Sweden: #2
Switzerland: #2

“Frozen” was the first and highly anticipated single released from Madonna’s 7th studio album “Ray of light”. It is her 50th single release overall and 41th in the United States. The song was very well received not only in teh USA but worldwide, with critics calling it one of the best recordings of her career. “Frozen” meant a new and yet unexplored musical territory for Madonna, delving deep into electronic music and featuring middle eastern percussion, strings and haunting vocals, resulting in one of her biggest hits ever. “Frozen” peaked at #2 practically everywhere in the world, stopped only by Celine Dion’s “My heart will go on”, although it was “All my life” by KC & JoJo that held it from going #1 in the US, becoming her 6th #2 single there and her 31st Top 10 single in Billboard. In the UK it became her first single ever to debut at #1 and her first UK chart topper since 1990’s Vogue. In the long run it has become Madonna’s #9 best selling single in the UK. After a period of time that felt like forever, it was Madonna craze all over again.

Electronic music was very big in the underground scene of the 90’s, and some music critics and experts name Madonna as the one who brought it into the mainstream with the help of electronic music guru, William Orbit. Their goal was to make an album of electronic music with feeling and heart and I think they succeded. It’s regarded now as one of her signature songs and a highlight in her extensive catalogue and the one that helped revitalize her music career.

The music video directed by Chris Cunningham, had Madonna dressed in full Gothic attire, portraying a dark, mystical creature of the desert. It was a big makeover for her, coming from her conservative era of Evita but at the same time, showing a glowing yet fun maturity to her looks and her music. It was honored with the MTV Video Music Award for Best Special Effects in a video. It was subject to a lot of parodies, meaning it had a deep, cultural impact. 






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