Material Girl Madonna
Song Title: Material Girl
Date of release: November the 30th 1984
Description: ” Material Girl ” is by Madonna ( Madonna Louise Ciccone ), the American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. The song was written by Peter Brown and Robert Rans.
Peter Brown is an American record producer and singer-songwriter, born in Blue Island, Illinois. He had success as a performer in the 1970s and early 80s and wrote ” Maybe It Was Magic ” for ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog.
The song was produced by Nile Rodgers, the American record producer, songwriter and musician co-founded Chic along with Bernard Edwards. He has worked with many artists including David Bowie, Britney Spears, Avicii, Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.
” Material Girl ” was released on the 30th of November 1984 by record labels Sire and Warner Bros. It was taken as the second single from Madonna’s second Album ” Like A Virgin “, which was certified Diamond ( 10 x Platinum ) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The uptempo pop song is about a woman who wants materialistic things in life and men who can provide that type of lifestyle.
In an interview with Company magazine Madonna said that although she wasn’t the writer of the song, the lyrics had some meaning to her at that time, she said ” I’m very career-oriented. You are attracted to people who are ambitious that way, too, like in the song ‘Material Girl’. You are attracted to men who have material things because that’s what pays the rents and buys you furs. That’s the security. That lasts longer than emotions “.
The accompanying music video was inspired by Marilyn Monroe ( Norma Jeane Mortenson ) and used the concept of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes from 1953.
Mary Lambert directed the video; she has worked with many artists like Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, The Go-Go’s, Whitney Houston, Alison Krauss, Sting and Debbie Harry. She also directed Madonna’s other early videos including ” Like a Virgin ” and the controversial ” Like a Prayer “.
Madonna’s love interest was actor Keith Carradine, he is from the acting dynasty the Carradine family and along with acting is also a Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning songwriter.
The video was filmed in 1985 on location at Ren-Mar Studios in Hollywood, California. The studios were used for a variety of TV, film and music productions. The 1950’s TV series I Love Lucy, 1960’s The Dick Van Dyke Show and later teen sitcom Lizzie McGuire had all been filmed there. Many artists have used the studio to shoot music videos including Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Hilary Duff and Britney Spears.
The jewellery used in the video was sourced from Connie Parente from Los Angeles, California. She is a renowned Hollywood jewellery dealer, designer and collector.
Madonna had regrets recording and releasing ” Material Girl ” as the song’s title became a nickname for her. She often said that the song is the one she has the most regrets recording as it became attached to her for years after. Madonna felt that if she’d known how it would become connected to her, she probably wouldn’t have done the song.
Despite the feelings she later had, the song was a massive success for Madonna. In the United States, it reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart after a debut of number forty-three. Madonna was kept from the Number One spot by REO Speedwagon’s ” Can’t Fight This Feeling ” and Phil Collins ” One More Night “.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 2nd of March 1985 and peaked at number three. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and a total of ten weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 2
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 4, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 8, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 4, Belgium (VRT Top 30) 3, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 4, Eurochart Hot 100 (Billboard) 5, France (SNEP) 47, Germany (Official German Charts) 13, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Italy (FIMI) 18, Japan International (Oricon) 2, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 7, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 10, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 15
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