Evita Soundtrack-1996

After the success of her Greatest Hits Ballad Compilation “Something to remember”, the world was curious to witness Madonna’s role as Eva Perón in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Evita” and she didn’t dissapoint. A certified workaholic and perfectionist, Madonna poured every inch of her passion into this character and delivered the best acting performance of her career. It didn’t go unnoticed, as she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

Madonna recorded the entire soundtrack to the movie along with fellow cast members Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce  and Jimmy Nail, but in every right it can be considered a Madonna album, as the majority of the songs are performed by her. The soundtrack was a surprise success. Starting slow on its debut, it peaked at #6 and started falling down the charts, but after 10 weeks on the charts, it gained a new peak at #2, staying there for 2 weeks, and a total of 30 weeks on the Billboard 200. The soundtrack’s performance in the UK went trought the same motions, off to a slow start at #7, it gained notoriety after the release of “Don’t cry for me Argentina”, and on its thirteenth week it went straight to number one.

One new song was recorded for the film’s soundtrack, the ballad “You must love me” that reunited Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the first time in eleven years. The song enden up winning both the Academy Award as well as The Golden Globe for Best Original Song, becoming the second song performed by Madonna to win both awards. Madonna had sessions with a vocal coach to prepare for the role, and she displays a new deep and versatile voice in the soundtrack, that surprised both audiences and critics alike. 

 The R.I.A.A. recognizes the soundtrack as a Madonna album and being a double album and over 100 minutes long, every shipment counts twice. With shipments of over 2.5 million copies, it was certified 5xPlatinum and counting in Madonna’s tally. To celebrate the video release of Evita in 1997, a different one CD version was released that peaked at a more discreet #167 and spending only 4 weeks on the charts.

Worldwide positions & Sales

Australia: #5 (Platinum)
Austria: #1 (2xPlatinum)
Finland: #17
France: #2

Italy: #2
Japan: #21
Netherlands: #6 (Gold)
New Zealand: #6 (Platinum)
Norway: #3 (Gold)
Spain: #16 (Gold)

Sweden: #5
Switzerland: #1 (Platinum)
UK: #1 (2xPlatinum)
USA: #2 (2xPlatinum)

Tracklisting 
Producers: Nigel Wright/Andrew Lloyd Webber/David Caddick/Alan Parker
Lyrics by Tim Rice/Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
CD 1 

1. A CINEMA IN BUENOS AIRES, 26 JULY 1952 (John Mauceri)
2. REQUIEM FOR EVITA (John Mauceri)
3. OH WHAT A CIRCUS (Madonna/Antonio Banderas)
4. ON THIS NIGHT OF A THOUSAND STARS (Jimmy Nail)
5. EVA AND MAGALDI/EVA BEWARE OF THE CITY (Madonna/Jimmy Nail/Antonio Banderas)
6. BUENOS AIRES (Madonna)
7. ANOTHER SUITCASE IN ANOTHER HALL (Madonna)
8. GOODNIGHT AND THANK YOU (Madonna/Antonio Banderas)
9. THE LADY’S GOT POTENTIAL (Antonio Banderas)
10. CHARITY CONCERT/THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE (Jimmy Nail/Jonathan Pryce/Antonio Banderas)
11. I’D BE SURPRINSINGLY GOOD FOR YOU (Madonna/Jonathan Pryce)
12. HELLO AND GOODBYE (Madonna/Andrea Corr/Jonathan Pryce)
13. PERON’S LATEST FLAME  (Madonna/Antonio Banderas)
14. DICE ARE ROLLING/A NEW ARGENTINA (Madonna/Jonathan Pryce)

CD 2

1. ON THE BALCONY OF THE CASA ROSADA, PART 1 (Jonathan Pryce)
2. DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA (Madonna)
3. ON THE BALCONY OF THE CASA ROSADA, PART 2 (Jonathan Pryce)
4. HIGH FLYING, ADORED (Madonna/Antonio Banderas)
5. RAINBOW HIGH (Madonna)
6. RAINBOW TOUR (Madonna/Antonio Banderas/Gary Brooker/Peter Polycarpou)
7. THE ACTRESS HASN’T LEARNED THE LINES (YOU’D LIKE TO HEAR) (Madonna/Antonio Banderas)
8. AND THE MONET KEPT ROLLING IN (AND OUT) (Antonio Banderas)
9. PARTIDO FEMINISTA (Madonna)
10. SHE’S A DIAMOND (Jonathan Pryce)
11. SANTA EVITA (John Mauceri)
12. WALTZ FOR EVA AND CHE (Madonna/Antonio Banderas)
13. YOUR LITTLE BODY’S SLOWLY BREAKING DOWN  (Madonna/Jonathan Pryce)
14. YOU MUST LOVE ME  (Madonna)
15. EVA’S FINAL BROADCAST  (Madonna)
16. LATIN CHANT  (John Mauceri)
17. LAMENT (Madonna/Antonio Banderas)

US CHART RUN

BILLBOARD 200
Release date: November 12, 1996
Debut date: November 30, 1995
Debut position: #6
Peak position: #2 (2 weeks)
Final week on chart: June 28, 1997
Number of weeks on Billboard 200: 30 weeks
Soundscan Debut: 92,300
Soundscan sales: 2,000,000 (08/14/2009)
Certified 5xPlatinum by the RIAA

Chart run in 1996: 6-28-30-21-15- (5 weeks)
Chart run in 1997: 10-11-12-7-2-2-3-4-8-19-26-40-41-49-34-54-74-89-111-120-90-125-164-168-off-183-off (25 weeks/30 weeks total)

EVITA SINGLE VERSION CD

BILLBOARD 200
Release date: July 29, 1997

Debut date: August 23, 1997
Debut position: #168
Peak position: #167
Final week on chart: September 20, 1997
Number of weeks on Billboard 200: 4 weeks

Chart run in 1997: 168-167-170-off-190-off (4 weeks)

UK CHART RUN

Debut date: November 9, 1996
Debut position: #7
Peak position: #1 (1 week)
Final week on chart: July 12, 1997
Number of weeks in the Official UK Albums Chart: 36 weeks
Sales: 640,000 (10/2006)
Certified 2xPlatinum

Chart run in 1996: 7-11-31-35-39-44-29-17- (8 weeks)
Chart run in 1997: 11-10-2-2-1-2-2-4-7-14-7-18-22-17-22-25-28-34-38-47-57-62-71-67-65-74-67-73 -off (28 weeks/36 weeks total)

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