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Friday, August 17, 2012

TRUE BLUE



     In September of 1986, "True Blue", the title track off the album of the same name,  became the third single.  The retro 60s vibe of "True Blue" is irresistible- it's Madonna's wonderful tribute to the classic girl groups of that decade, and one of her creamiest pop classics.  The song became a huge hit, peaking at #3 on the Billboard charts and yet another consecutive top ten hit.  Though oddly left off The Immaculate Collection... oh well.  It's perfect pop regardless.

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

TRUE BLUE



     On June 30, 1986, Madonna released her third album, True Blue.  Stripping away all the jewelry, makeup, and ratted hair, Madonna re-invented herself for the very first time and decided to focus more on the music.  Now that she was a global superstar, this was the perfect time to do it.  With True Blue, Madonna told the world she had something to say, and created some of her most durable and well-loved songs.  Inspired by her new husband Sean Pean, the album is brilliantly diverse- even though Madonna was a huge teen idol, this is where she gained many adult fans as well.  "Live To Tell", "Papa Don't Preach", and "La Isla Bonita" were huge hits on the adult contemporary charts, yet "Open Your Heart" and "True Blue" still appealed to a younger crowd.  The album became a worldwide smash, shooting straight to #1 in over 28 countries worldwide- then a global record. 


      She proved with True Blue that she could spark debate, provoke thought, outrage, and still sell loads and loads of records all the way to the moon and back.  Although deemed by many as Madonna's most girlish piece of work, it contains some of her most beloved tracks. The album's first single, "Live To Tell", will be forever known as a classic pop song.  Madonna wrote the lyrics on the spot for "Live To Tell".  "Papa Don't Preach", the second single off the album, caused a huge commotion upon it's release.  Dealing with the controversial subject of a pregnant teenage girl, Madonna flat-out sells the song as nobody else could.  This is another aspect of her brilliance.  I simply can't imagine any other artist singing this song (sorry Kelly Osbourne!).  No way.  "Papa Don't Preach" also shot straight to #1 on the Billboard charts.  The third single (and #1 track) was "Open Your Heart".  It's classic 80's synth pop, with a killer chorus and a relentless beat to boot.  "True Blue", the fourth single and title track, is an underrated homage to 60's girl groups (many fans missed the point, I think) with vocals of pure sunshine.  The song is a joyous valentine of love to Sean Penn.  And  "La Isla Bonita", the fifth and final single, is far more sultry and intoxicating than anything Ricky Martin or J.Lo could ever muster up. Why the joyous and fan favorite "Where's the Party" was never released as a single is still a mystery...

  True Blue is still her most successful album chartwise, and was the biggest-selling album of 1986.  To date it is still one of the top-selling albums of all time, with global sales of over 25 million copies. This album would be Madonna's first entry in the Guinness Book Of World Records. 

ON THE SET OF PAPA DON'T PREACH VIDEO











PAPA DON'T PREACH PHOTO SHOOT BY HERB RITTS








PAPA DON'T PREACH



"Papa Don't Preach" was the second single off her True Blue album.  Released in July of 86, it was another instant smash.  Becoming Madonna's 4th #1 Billboard single, the song set off a firestorm of controversy over the song's meaning.  The song was huge- it seemed to be inescapable that summer.  Another of Madonna's most loved songs.

The iconic music video that accompanied the single's release would go on to become one of Madonna's most artistic and well-received works of art.  At the 1987 MTV Music Video Awards, "Papa Don't Preach" would win Best Female Video award, and nominated for Best Choreography and Best Overall Performance.  This video is one of Madonna's greatest achievements.

ON THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE- ROLLING STONE 1986

     Madonna once again graced the cover of Rolling Stone, coinciding with the release of the second single off her new album, True Blue. 






MADONNA WITH BILLY IDOL, SAM KINISON, AND DAVID BOWIE



    This would have to had been an interesting conversation.... don't you think?


AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BENEFIT 1986






MADONNA AND SEAN AT THE PREMIERE OF "AT CLOSE RANGE"