Madonna has set the world dancing with the release of her phenomenal new Warner Bros. Records album, “Confessions On A Dance Floor,” featuring the smash global hit, “Hung Up.”
A bravura return to the iconic superstar’s dance music roots, “Confessions On A Dance Floor” has swept the planet since its release on November 15th, debuting at Number One on Billboard Top 200 charts and repeating the feat in a staggering 24 other countries from Japan, Portugal, Spain and Australia to France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the single “Hung Up” is setting charts everywhere ablaze, rocketing to the top spot in eight countries and ruling American dance charts for four weeks in a row. In the process it has joined the ranks of thirty-five number one dance singles from an artist who has single-handedly defined the genre across nearly two decades.
The MTV Networks (including MTV, VH1 and Logo) have been a huge part of the success of Madonna’s new album. The “Hung Up” video, which reached number one on MTV’s TRL for five consecutive days, while remaining in heavy rotation on both MTV (The Big 10) and VH1 (Gung Ho), further enhances Madonna’s reputation as the premier video pioneer of our time.
It’s a reputation spreading into digital realms as well, with three different configurations of “Confessions On A Dance Floor” currently holding three out of four top downloads spots on the iTunes Music store, while “Hung Up” is lodged at number one on iTunes overall singles chart. Altogether, the iTunes Music store sales represents nearly 10% of Madonna’s overall CD sales. As a ringtone “Hung Up” is likewise making history since debuting a full month before its radio release, prompting millions of downloads across the world.
Racking up sales of over 350,000 units in the U.S. alone, “Confessions On A Dance Floor,” joins Madonna’s two previous albums, “Music” and “American Life,” as her third straight number one debut. With a sound that evokes and embellishes all the excitement, energy and innovation that first set Madonna apart as dance music’s all-time most original innovator, “Confessions On A Dance Floor,” co-produced and co-written by Madonna and DJ wizard Stuart Price, is just the latest triumph from this incandescent superstar. Packing stadiums worldwide with her astonishing stage spectacles, Madonna has made music history with international sales of over 200 million albums. Her enormous influence has spanned six chart-topping albums and 46 Top 40 singles.
It’s hardly surprising that fans around the world have taken the album to heart as a declaration of musical independence and identity. “Madonna has transformed herself so many times,” observed Stephanie Rosenbloom in The New York Times, “that nearly every fan has seen a glimmer of herself, or himself, reflected in her at some point…To see even a part of yourself embraced by her, especially a part that you feel is marginalized, can be a heady validation.”
With “Confessions On A Dance Floor” Madonna has offered glorious validation to our immemorial impulse to “dance for inspiration.”
source : wb