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Drowned World/Substitute for love

(Written by Madonna/William Orbit/Rod McKuen/Anita Kerr/David Collins. Producer: Madonna/William Orbit)
Released by Maverick Records in August 24, 1998

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

Live performances on Tour:
The Drowned World Tour (2001)
The Confessions Tour (2006)

CHART RUNS:

UK Official Top 100 Singles
Debut date: September 5, 1998
Peak date: September 5, 1998
Sales: 90,600 copies (Aug 2008)
Certification: None
Sales Peak: #10
Airplay Peak: #41
Final week on chart: October 3, 1998
Chart run: 10-27-40-50-66
off (5 weeks)

Rest of the world
Australia: #1
Austria: #3
Canada: #18

France: #3
Germany: #12
Italy: #12

Japan: #12
Netherlands: #43
New Zealand: #2
Spain: #1
Sweden: #12
Switzerland: #33

“Drowned World/Substitute” was the third worldwide single release from Madonna’s 7th studio album “Ray of light”. It wasn’t released in the United States. It’s the song that opens the album and it sets the mood instantly; the lyrical and musical departure from Madonna’s previous work is noticeable at first listen. Personally one of my all-time Madonna favorites, for me there’s a before and after with “Drowned World”, it’s like saying goodbye to the past while embracing a luminous future. Even though it wasn’t a huge success on the charts, it even managed to top the charts in Spain and Australia, and went Top 10 in some countries, including the UK. The video ignited a small controversy, as it was compared with the same scenario in Princess Diana’s death a year earlier; the video has Madonna being chased by paparazzi on motorcycles, but overall it’s her interpretation on fame and love.

The song has been performed on the Drowned World Tour and the Confessions Tour, as well as in some TV shows in Europe that were part of her promotional Tour in 1998.





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The power of goodbye

(Written by Madonna/Rick Nowels. Producer: Madonna/William Orbit/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Maverick Records. in September 22, 1998

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

Certification: None
Soundscan: 325,500 copies (06/2006)
Downloads: 43,300 (11/2008) 

Live performances on Tour:
None

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: October 17, 1998
Peak date: November 28, 1998
Final week on chart: February 20, 1999
Peak: #11
Chart run: 24-16-14-13-14-13-11-30-30-31-41-43-44-54-70-78-81-88-96-off (19 weeks)

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: October 17, 1998
Peak date: November 7, 1998
Final week on chart: March 13, 1999
Peak: #13
Chart run:
 23-16-15-13-16-17-19-22-24-26-27-27-27-31-38-42-47-49-54-58-59-63-off (22 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: October 3, 1998
Peak date: November 28, 1998
Final week on chart: January 16, 1999
Peak: #26
Chart run: 69-58-54-48-40-35-31-30-26-45-51-50-55-59-72-75
-off (16 weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: October 31, 1998
Peak date: January 2, 1999
Final week on chart: March 27, 1999
Peak: #14
Chart run: 27-28-25-26-26-24-22-21-17-14-14-16-14-14-14-14-21-23-24-24-30-30-off (22 weeks)

Top 40 Mainstream
Debut Date: September 26, 1998
Peak Date: December 5, 1998
Final Week on Chart: January 16, 1999
Peak Position: #18
Chart run: 39-31-30-26-27-26-25-23-23-23-18-22-27-34-38-40-49-off (17 weeks)

Top 40 Tracks
Debut Date: November 28, 1998
Peak Date: December 5, 1998
Final Week on Chart: January 23, 1999
Peak Position: #21
Chart run: 24-21-24-26-28-30-40-40-39-off (9 weeks)

Adult Top 40
Debut Date: January 23, 1999
Peak Date: January 23, 1999
Final Week on Chart: January 23, 1999
Peak Position: #40
Chart run: 40-off (1 week)

UK Official Top 100 Singles
Debut date: December 5, 1998
Peak date: December 5, 1998
Sales: 180,000 copies (Aug 2008)
Certification: SILVER
Sales Peak: #6
Airplay Peak: #3
Final week on chart: January 30, 1999
Chart run: 6-17-25-32-30-36-41-52-61
off (9 weeks)

United World Chart
Debut date: October 31, 1998
Peak date: December 26, 1998
Certification: 2 Million points
Peak: #2
Final week on chart: March 13, 1999
Chart run: ?-?-?-?-10-8-3-3-2-4-4-6-6-7-8-10-10-16-22-28-off (20 weeks)

Rest of the world
Australia: #1
Austria: #2
Belgium (Flanders): #1
Belgium (Wallonia): #2
Canada: #1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #1
Finland: #1
France: #2
Germany: #1
Ireland: #2
Italy: #9

Japan: #2
Netherlands: #3
New Zealand: #1
Spain: #1
Sweden: #1
Switzerland: #1

“The power of goodbye” was the third single released in the USA from Madonna’s 7th studio album “Ray of light”,  worldwide it was the fourth single released. It is her 53th single release overall and 43nd in the United States. The song was a tremendous success for a fourth single and for a already established artist like Madonna, going #1 in over 10 countries and Top 10 in most of the markets it was released. In the US it peaked just outside the Top 10 at #11. “The power of goodbye” is one of those singles that could have been another Top 10 for Madonna, the week after it peaked at #11 in the Hot 100, Billboard changed the rules of the game and allowed songs that were not commercially available as singles as album cuts. As a result, a big amount of new songs started charting that week and “the power of goodbye” fell like a rock to #30. Who knows what could’ve happened if Billboard decided to change rules 2 or 3 weeks after.

On the bright side, it’s one of Madonna’s most beloved ballads and videos, even though she has never performed the song live on Tour. She did however performed the song heavily in TV shows across Europe while she was on promotion for the “Ray of light” album, including the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards.




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Ray of light

Madonna-Ray of light

(Written by Madonna/Wiiliam Orbit/Clive Muldoon/Dave Curtiss/Christine Leach. Producer: Madonna/William Orbit)
Released by Maverick Records. in May 6, 1998

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

Certification: GOLD
Soundscan: 610,025 copies (06/2006)
Downloads: 212,805 (11/2008) 

Live performances:
The Drowned World Tour (2001)
The Confessions Tour (2006)
The Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: July 11, 1998
Peak date: July 11, 1998
Final week on chart: November 21, 1998
Peak: #5
Chart run: 5-7-8-9-16-21-26-32-34-39-41-40-43-52-49-56-58-59-63-71-off (20 weeks)

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: July 11, 1998
Peak date: July 11-25, 1998
Final week on chart: February 20, 1999
Peak: #5 (3 weeks)
Chart run:
 5-5-5-6-12-19-21-24-28-33-32-27-30-35-41-45-47-52-50-55-56-65-63-63-55-56-56-50-46-54-63-72-70-off (33 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: May 16, 1998
Peak date: June 20, 1998
Final week on chart: August 15, 1998
Peak: #26
Chart run: 72-47-38-35-31-26-30-30-29-32-49-63-71-71
-off (14 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: May 23, 1998
Peak date: June 20-July 11, 1998
Final week on chart: August 22, 1998
Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Chart run: 27-10-4-2-1-1-1-1-2-8-15-22-31-45-off (14 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: July 4, 1998
Peak date: July 11, 1998
Final week on chart: February 19, 2000
Peak: #2
Chart run: 39-2-4-4-4-4-4-4-3-3-5-5-3-4-7-8-8-9-8-8-10-10-13-13-14-17-15-13-11-11-16-19-22-17-23-24-22-22-23-26-27-33-35-38-37-44-49-off-46-42-50-46-47-off-47-42-47-44-47-off-47-48-off-47-46-off-47-off-off-off-off-46-50-49-off-48-44-43-44-off-off-off-off-off-45-45-off (72 weeks)

Top 40 Mainstream
Debut Date: May 23, 1998
Peak Date: June 20, 1998
Final Week on Chart: August 15, 1998
Peak Position: #13
Chart run: 31-20-17-15-13-14-13-13-14-22-29-34-39-off (13 weeks)

Rhythmic Top 40
Debut Date: May 30, 1998
Peak Date: July 4, 1998
Final Week on Chart: July 25, 1998
Peak Position: #32
Chart run: 40-34-33-33-33-32-32-37-37-off (9 weeks)

Adult Top 40
Debut Date: July 25, 1998
Peak Date: July 25, 1998
Final Week on Chart: July 25, 1998
Peak Position: #39
Chart run: 39-off (1 week)

UK Official Top 100 Singles
Debut date: May 9, 1998
Peak date: May 9, 1998
Sales: 275,000 copies (Aug 2008)
Certification: SILVER
Sales Peak: #2
Airplay Peak: #3
Final week on chart: July 18, 1998
Chart run: 2-8-12-13-22-33-40-49-59-off-75
off (10 weeks)

Rest of the world
Australia: #6
Austria: #31
Belgium (Flanders): #25
Belgium (Wallonia): #33
Canada: #3
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #9
Finland: #2
France: #18
Germany: #28
Ireland: #16
Italy: #2

Japan: #5
Netherlands: #17
New Zealand: #9
Spain: #1
Sweden: #14
Switzerland: #32

“Ray of light” is the second single released from Madonna’s 7th studio album “Ray of light”. It is her 51th single release overall and 42nd in the United States. It could easily be considered now as one of Madonna’s most groundbreaking and signature songs, the up tempo track didn’t sound like anything else on the radio at the time, giving her a completely new and fresh sound. It was praised by critics alike and it was well received by the public, although it wasn’t as succesful as the previous comeback single, “Frozen”. “Ray of light” made its debut in Billboard at #5, her greatest debut at the time, thanks to the big sales generated by the single. On the dance charts it spent an incredible run of four weeks at number one. It’s also her most Grammy nominated single, in 1999 it earned a nomination for Record of the Year, and won the awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Short Form Music Video.

The music video directed by Jonas Akerlund was also heavily nominated on the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, with eight nominations and five wins including: Best Editing, Best Choreography, Best Direction in a video, Best Female Video (her third award) and Video of the year (her first and only so far), becoming the most awarded artist of the night and her most awarded video ever. The song has also become a standard in her live shows, having been performed at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, The Oprah Show, Live 8, Live Earth and three of her concert tours. 






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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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