Ray of Light Madonna
Song Title: Ray of Light
Date of release: May the 6th 1998
Description: ” Ray of Light ” is by Madonna ( Madonna Louise Ciccone ), the American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. The song was written by Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Muldoon, Dave Curtiss and Christine Leach.
The song was produced by Madonna and William Orbit ( William Mark Wainwright ). William is an English musician, composer and record producer with sales in excess of 200 Million Worldwide of his work and work he has done for other artists. He has received multiple awards which include Grammys and Ivor Novello awards.
The song was released on the 6th of May 1998 by record label Maverick Records, which was started in 1992 by Madonna, Frederick DeMann and Veronica “Ronnie” Dashev and is now part of the Warner Music Group. It was taken as the title track from Madonna’s seventh Album Ray of Light. The Album was certified four times platinum by the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ).
” Ray of Light ” was based on the song ” Sepheryn ” by the 1970’s English folk music duo Curtiss Maldoon. The duo consisted of Dave Curtiss and Clive Maldoon ( Clive Skinner ), who died due to complications from prescription medications in 1978.
Clive Maldoon’s niece, Christine Leach, recorded a version of ” Sepheryn ” in 1996. She spent some time working with William Orbit. Christine expressed her love for the song saying it had a dream like quality.
Madonna heard the version by Christine and liked it, she set about reworking the lyrics. The remaining half of Curtiss Maldoon, Dave Curtiss, said after hearing the reworked track that he ” couldn’t believe it “, he was pleased with her interpretation of the track’s original composition.
Madonna commented on ” Sepheryn ” saying ” It’s totally out of control. The original version is well over 10 minutes long. It was completely indulgent, but I loved it. It was heartbreaking to cut it down to a manageable length “.
The accompanying video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund ( Hans Uno Jonas Åkerlund ), the Swedish director. As a director Jonas first tasted fame working with Roxette. He directed the Prodigy’s ” Smack My Bitch Up ” video which was released in 1997, controversy surrounded the video due to depiction of drug use, violence, and nudity.
The video’s scenes were filmed in early April at the MTV Times Square studios in New York and Los Angeles. The background images featured show cities including Los Angeles, New York, London, Las Vegas and Stockholm.
In 1998 the video received a total of eight nominations at the MTV music awards. The video went on to win five, Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Choreography. ” Ray of Light ” was to be Madonna’s most-winning song at the awards show that year.
The song was a commercial success for Madonna. In the United States the song peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, it spent 20 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK chart on the 9th of May 1998 and peaked at number 2. It spent 2 weeks in the top ten and a total of 18 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 5
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 6, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 31, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 25, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 33, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 3, European Hot 100 Singles (Music & Media) 9, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 2, France (SNEP) 18, Germany (Official German Charts) 28, Ireland (IRMA) 16, Italy (FIMI) 2, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 17, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 22, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 9, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 14, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 32
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