Song Title: Vogue
Date of release: 27th of March 1990
Description: ” Vogue ” is by Madonna ( Madonna Louise Ciccone ), the American singer, songwriter and actress. Madonna, known as the ” Queen of Pop “, is considered by many to have been an influence on other artists that have had chart success since. Along with her career as a recording artist, she has starred in films like Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, A League of Their Own and Evita, which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
With Worldwide record sales exceeding 300 Million, the Guinness World Records has recognised Madonna as the best-selling female recording artist of all time. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) has listed her as the second highest-certified female artist in the country with 64.5 Million Albums sold there.
On the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, Madonna is the most successful solo act, overall second only to the Beatles. From touring she has earned U.S. $1.31 billion from her concert tickets since 1990, making her the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time.
” Vogue ” was written by Shep Pettibone and Madonna ( who co-produced the track ). Shep is an American record producer, remixer, songwriter and club DJ.
During the 80s, he was one of the most sought-after DJs on the club circuit. With a talent for production and mixing, Shep worked with top recording artists like Madonna and George Michael in the latter part of the 1980s.
Along with Arthur Baker, he helped bring the use of scratching, often used in dance and hip-hop, into the mainstream. Shep has worked with many artists including Afrika Bambaataa, Bananarama, The B-52’s, Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie, David Essex, Depeche Mode, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross and Elton John.
The song was released on the 27th of March 1990 by record label Sire Records ( Warner Music Group ) and taken as the first single from Madonna’s second soundtrack Album; I’m Breathless.
The Album, released on the 22nd of May 1990, was released to promote and accompany the American action comedy film Dick Tracy. Warren Beatty produced, directed and starred along with Madonna. The album, which is made up of predominantly jazz, swing and pop songs, took three weeks to record.
The upbeat dance-pop and house song use influences are taken from 70s disco in the composition. Lyrically it is about enjoying yourself on the dance floor no matter who you are. The theme of the song is about escapism.
The inspiration for the song came from Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza, vogue dancers and choreographers from the Harlem ” House Ball ” community. They introduced ” Vogueing ” to Madonna at the Sound Factory club in New York City. Called initially Private Eyes, the nightclub was situated at 530 West 27th Street in New York. The nightclub became notorious for drug use, and as part of the crackdown by authorities, it was closed down.
” Vogue ” contains a spoken section, in which the Madonna name-checks screen stars. She mentions Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner and Bette Davis.
Ten of those mentioned (Bette Davis, Jimmy Dean, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Grace Kelly and Gene Kelly ) were entitled to a royalty payment of $3,750 when she performed the song at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012.
The Hollywood Golden era film stars images were used in the ‘set dressing’ of the performance. Lauren Bacall was the only star on the list still alive at the time. Named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, she died in 2014 at the age of 89.
The accompanying music video shot in black-and-white was directed by David Fincher, the American director and producer. Born on the 28th of August 1962 in Denver, Colorado, David is an award-winning director of both music videos and films.
He directed The Social Network, a film about the founding of Facebook. His work on the film won him the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction. He also directed Seven, The Game and Fight Club, the psychological thrillers. David has worked on many music videos for artists like Paula Abdul, Neneh Cherry, Steve Winwood, Nine Inch Nails and Aerosmith.
The video was filmed on location at The Burbank Studios in Burbank, California. The area is known as the Media Capital of the World. Situated only a few miles northeast of Hollywood, many of the most prominent media and entertainment companies like The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, NBC and Cartoon Network Studios, have their headquarters or production facilities there.
” Vogue ” was a commercial success for Madonna, reaching the top of the charts in over 30 countries worldwide. It became Madonna’s biggest hit at the time.
In the United States, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number thirty-nine, after six weeks it reached Number One. It spent twenty-four weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 7th of April 1990 and reached a peak of Number One, spending four weeks at the top. It spent nine weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fourteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1, Austrian Singles Chart 7, Belgian VRT Top 30 1, Canadian RPM Singles Chart 1, Dutch (Top 40) 2, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, French Singles Chart 9, German Singles Chart 4, Irish Singles Chart 2, Italian Singles Chart 1, Japanese International Singles Chart 1, New Zealand Singles Chart 1, Norwegian Singles Chart 1, Spanish Singles Chart 1, Swedish Singles Chart 1, Swiss Singles Chart 1
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