31 July 2010

Timecapsule: 1 year of "Celebration" single

In March 2009, Madonna's representative Liz Rosenberg confirmed that Madonna wrote three new tracks for the compilation album, with Paul Oakenfold being confirmed as producer for two of the new songs. Attitude magazine reported in an interview with Oakenfold that the tracks he produced with Madonna are called "Broken (I'm Sorry)" and "Celebrate". He stated that the new music is "lyrically classic Madonna with an edgy modern sound." The song "Celebrate", later renamed as "Celebration", has backing music composed by Ciaran Gribbin, Ian Green and Paul Oakenfold, with lyrics and vocal melody composed by Madonna. According to Gribbin, Madonna approached Oakenfold, asking him regarding what he was working on and whether he would be interested to send her some material to note down the lyrics. Oakenfold, along with Green and Gribbin had been working on new tracks for Oakenfold's upcoming album. They sent fifteen of those tracks to Madonna. She chose "Broken" and "Celebration" from them. Then Oakenfold, Gribbin and Green arranged the backing track, chord structure as well as added the instrumentation from the guitars, keyboards and drums. Madonna contributed to the track, by composing its melodies.

The song was released worldwide digitally on July 31, 2009, in Japan on August 12, 2009 and in the United Kingdom on September 13, 2009. CD single and Maxi single were released later in September and October worldwide.

"Celebration" has been described as a sleek dance-oriented track with influences of previous dance singles by Madonna from the early 90s such as, "Vogue" (1990) and "Deeper and Deeper" (1992). It constitutes of a pumping, house style music in it. "Celebration" is set in the time signature of common time with a dance beat tempo of 126 beats per minute. The song is set in the key of B minor with Madonna's voice spanning from F♯3 to B4. The song has a basic sequence of Em–F♯m–Bm–Bm as its basic chord progression.

Todd Martens from the Los Angeles Times stated that "Celebration" works as a throwaway, midsummer dance pop number. However, he felt that the song had modest goals, "at least by Madonna's standards. Even when it gets a bit risque, silliness rules the day. She invites us 'to the dance of life,' and coasts over the chorus." He went on to add that the song "is an effective look back, a gliding, reassuring number that Madonna hasn't forgotten her beginning. But rather than instill a sense of nostalgia, everything feels a bit obligatory. The sound of an artist, hopefully, ready for the next chapter."

In the United States, the song debuted and peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number seventy-one on the issue dated August 22, 2009. "Celebration" became Madonna's fifty-fifth entry on the Hot 100. It debuted on the Hot Dance Club Songs and Hot Dance Airplay charts at numbers twenty-nine and seven, respectively and reached one on the Dance Club chart, on the issue of September 26, 2009. "Celebration" became Madonna's 40th number-one song on the Dance Club chart, the most for an artist. The song debuted on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart at number thirty-six. Madonna became the artist with the most entries on this chart since its inception. "Celebration" has sold 192,000 digital downloads in the United States.

In Canada, the song debuted at number fifty-six on the Canadian Hot 100 and reached five the next week. It also debuted at forty-eight in Spain and a top-five debut at three in Finland. The next week, the song reached the top of the charts in Finland, where it stood for six non-consecutive weeks, and in Italy it debuted straight at number one. Other debuts were Ireland at thirty-three, and thirty-one in Sweden where it jumped to number-one the next week. On the issue dated August 24, 2009, "Celebration" debuted at number forty on the Australian Singles Chart. The song also debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number three on the issue dated September 20, 2009, becoming her sixtieth top ten single.

The music video was filmed in Milan, Italy between the dates of the 2009 leg of her "Sticky & Sweet Tour". The concept of the video is in similarity to the title of the song; celebration of Madonna's career. he video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The Benny Benassi remix of the song is used in the video. On September 17, 2009, an alternate edit of the music video ("fan version") was released via Madonna's MySpace. The video contains footage filmed in Barcelona, Spain and Milan, Italy and featured fans, as well as cameo appearances by Lourdes Leon, Paul Oakenfold, and the director himself.

24 July 2010

Timecapsule: 25 years of "Dress You Up" single

"Dress You Up" was the last song to be included on the "Like a Virgin" album. Producer Nile Rodgers had initially asked songwriters Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale to write a chic-styled song for Madonna. However, the writing took time, since both LaRusso and Stanziale were busy with other projects. When the lyrics of the song was submitted, Rodgers rejected it as there was no time to compose a melody and record it for the album. However, Madonna liked the lyrics of the song, and persuaded Rodgers to include it on "Like a Virgin". The single was released on July 24, 1985 in the United States. 

In Britain, the song was released as a limited-edition shaped picture disc. In this case, it was star-shaped to tie in with the Christmas release date for the single. The song is one of several of Madonna's hit singles not included on "The Immaculate Collection" compilation, released in 1990. "Dress You Up" was, however, later included on Madonna's 2009 compilation album "Celebration". Although no music video was separately made for the song, a live performance of "Dress You Up" from "The Virgin Tour", filmed at Detroit was used as the video.

"Dress You Up" is a characteristic drum machine driven dance track and consists of a two-chord verse. The chorus is supported by vocals from a choir, a four-chord progression and a single guitar note, played by Rodgers. A rock guitar solo plays during the bridge. Towards the end of the song, the sound of the drums are decreased, while the treble is increased. According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com, the song is set in the time signature of 4/4, with a moderate tempo of 100 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of A minor, with Madonna's vocals ranging from a high-note of B♭3 to a low-note of F♯5. The song has a basic sequence of Bb–C–Gm7–Bb–A in the verses and Bb–C–Am7–Dm in the chorus, as its chord progression.

Critics reacted positively to the dance-pop nature of the track. "Dress You Up" debuted at thirty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 17, 1985. After seven weeks, the song reached number five on the Hot 100, becoming Madonna's sixth consecutive top-five hit. It also peaked at number thirty-four on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, number three on Hot Dance/Disco Songs and sixty-four on the Hot Black Singles chart. The song was placed at position hundred on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end chart for 1985. In Canada, the song debuted at ninety on the RPM singles chart on August 24, 1985. The song was present for a total of twenty weeks on the chart, peaking at number ten after six weeks.

In the United Kingdom, "Dress You Up" was released on November 12, 1985. It entered the UK Singles Chart at twelve, and reached a peak of five, being present on the chart for a total of thirteen weeks. The song was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), for shipments of 200,000 copies. In Australia, the song peaked at five in October 1985, becoming Madonna's sixth top-ten single there. The song also reached the top-twenty in Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, while peaking just outside the top-twenty in Germany and Italy.

In 1985, the song was the subject of much media attention, when it was included on the Parents Music Resource Center's (PMRC) "Filthy Fifteen" list, for the perceived sexual content of its lyrics. The Center's founder Tipper Gore had heard her daughter listening to the song, and considered the line "Gonna dress you up in my love" as exemplifying 'vulgar music'. The PMRC called upon the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to give parents a consumer-friendly means of identifying rock records unsuitable for minors – a rating system based on lyrical content. "Dress You Up" received a rating of 'S', for "sex and obscenity", from the RIAA. Gore commented on the song: "Popular culture is morally bankrupt, flagrantly licentious and utterly materialistic - and Madonna is the worst of all." According to Bruce David Forbes and H. Mahan in their book "Religion and Popular Culture in America", Madonna's fans took the attitude "Can't you cultural conservatives see what she is trying to do—to annoy people like you! If you don't like it, don't listen to it. Stop trying to police my morality!" The campaign was ultimately successful and led to the creation of the Parental Advisory sticker.

Madonna has performed "Dress You Up" on three of her world tours, namely "The Virgin Tour" in 1985, the "Who's That Girl World Tour" in 1987, and the 2009 leg of the "Sticky & Sweet Tour".

23 July 2010

Timecapsule: 25 years of "Into the Groove" single

"Into the Groove" was written by Madonna and Steve Bray. It was used in the 1985 film "Desperately Seeking Susan" and featured on the 1985 re-issue of Madonna's second studio album, "Like a Virgin". It was released on July 23, 1985 as the fourth single of the album.

During an interview with Time, Madonna said that she wrote the song while watching a Latin boy across her balcony. "When I was writing it, I was sitting in a fourth-floor walk-up on Avenue-B, and there was this gorgeous Puerto Rican boy sitting across me that I wanted to go out on a date with, and I just wanted to get the song over with. I ultimately did go out with him and the song was finished just before my last date with him, which I'm kinda happy that it did not continue. The dance floor was quite a magical place for me. I started off wanting to be a dancer, so that had a lot to do with the song. The freedom that I always feel when I'm dancing, that feeling of inhabiting your body, letting yourself go, expressing yourself through music. I always thought of it as a magical place – even if you're not taking ecstasy. Hence that came to me as the primary inspiration for 'Into the Groove'."

She had written the song for her friend Mark Kamins' protégée, Chyne. Kamins made Madonna record a demo of the song, which he wished to modify later for Chyne. However, Madonna believed that the song would be more suitable for her film "Desperately Seeking Susan", and re-recorded it with Bray, making it suitable for the soundtrack. When Kamins came to know about it, he was furious that Madonna did not have the courtesy to tell him that she wanted the song for a different purpose. He felt walked over by Madonna, who retorted: "I'm tough, I'm ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, that's okay." Ultimately Madonna won and the song was used as the soundtrack of "Desperately Seeking Susan". "Into the Groove" did not appeared on the soundtrack album of the film, but was released on the 1985 re-issue of Madonna's second studio album, "Like a Virgin" instead.

"Into the Groove" was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios. Madonna's friend Erika Belle was present during the recording and watched the whole process. She noted that at one point of the recording, Bray was facing difficulties with the bridge of the song, as the melody thought by him was not syncing with the rest of the composition. Undeterred by his obvious difficulties, Madonna stepped up to the microphone and sang the words "Live out your fantasy here with me". Bray's problem was solved; Belle remembered the experience as: "(The song) seemed to come out of her, I was awestruck."

According to the sheet music published in Musicnotes.com, the song is set in the time signature of common time with a medium tempo of 116 beats per minute. The song is set in the key of E♭ major with Madonna's voice spanning from the high-tone of C4 to the low-tone of D5. It has a basic sequence of Cm7–B♭/C–Cm7–A♯7 as its chord progression.

In the United States, due to similar problems with "Crazy for You" and "Material Girl" being released at the same time and competing with each other, it was decided against releasing "Into the Groove" as a 7" single so it would not compete with "Angel", the third single off the "Like a Virgin" album. "Into the Groove" was eventually released as the B-side to the maxi-single of "Angel", therefore it was ineligible to enter the Billboard's Hot 100 or Hot 100 Singles Sales charts. The song debuted at forty on Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, as a double A-side with "Angel", on the issue dated June 1, 1985. After four weeks, it reached the top of the chart and also reached nineteen on the Hot Black Singles chart. "Into the Groove" is Madonna's most played song on Billboard's Recurrent Airplay Chart. "Angel/Into the Groove" was the first 12-inch single to be certified gold since Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus" (1981). The song placed at twelve on the Dance year-end charts and sold approximately 600,000 copies of the 12" single; the single reached number-one on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.

"Into the Groove" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number four, on the chart dated July 27, 1985. It reached the top of the chart for four weeks, staying on for sixteen weeks. The song was Madonna's first number-one single in United Kingdom. During its stay at number-one, Madonna's first UK hit "Holiday" was at number-two position. It made her the first female artist in UK chart history to hold the top-two positions of the chart simultaneously. The song was the third biggest selling UK single of 1985. 

In Australia, "Into the Groove" charted as a combined single with "Angel" and reached the top of the Kent Music Report chart. It was the second-highest selling single of 1985 in Australia. Across Europe and Oceania, the song was able to reach the top of the charts in Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain, and in the top-ten of Austria, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Billboard's European Hot 100 Singles chart.

Madonna re-tailored the song in 2003, and developed a remix called "Into the Hollywood Groove", which replaced the first verse of "Into the Groove" with the first verse of Madonna's single "Hollywood" (2003). The lyrics of the chorus were also slightly altered and it featured a rap by Missy Elliott. This version of the song was used for a Gap commercial in the summer of 2003, featuring Madonna and Elliot in Gap jeans. A further remixed version, composed by Josh Harris and Omar Galeano as "The Passengerz", was included in the 2003 Madonna remix album "Remixed & Revisited". The song was remixed in 1987 by Shep Pettibone for Madonna's remix compilation "You Can Dance". In the remixed version, overdubs are present with the continuous repetition of the phrase "c'mon". The first verse does not start until about ninety seconds into the remix. The remix ends with instrumentation from congas, whistles and timbales, giving it a Mexican ending. Pettibone again remixed the song in 1990 alongside Goh Hotoda for "The Immaculate Collection" compilation.

Madonna performed "Into the Groove" on "The Virgin Tour" in 1985 as the third song of the setlist. The performance was included on the video release titled "Live – The Virgin Tour", shot in Detroit. She also performed it on her Live Aid performance on July 13, 1985.

In the "Who's That Girl World Tour" of 1987, "Into the Groove" was the second-last song before the encore. The outfit she wore during the performance was inspired by artist Andy Warhol. Two different performances of the song on this tour can be found on the videos: "Who's That Girl – Live in Japan", filmed in Tokyo on June 22, 1987, and "Ciao, Italia! – Live from Italy", filmed in Turin on September 4, 1987.

Three years later on the "Blond Ambition World Tour", "Into the Groove" was again performed before the encore as Pettibone's remixed version. Two different performances were taped and released on video, the "Blond Ambition – Japan Tour '90", taped in Yokohama on April 27, 1990 and the "Live! – Blond Ambition World Tour '90", taped in Nice, France, on August 5, 1990. 

On the "Re-Invention World Tour" of 2004, Madonna included the song at the start of the final segment, which started with Scottish bagpiper Lorne Cousin players parading around the stage in kilts and playing drums and pipes. Missy Elliot appeared on the video screen. 

The song was added to the setlist of 2008–2009 "Sticky & Sweet Tour". Elements of Cassius's "Toop Toop", Frankie Smith's "Double Dutch Bus", The Sugarhill Gang's "Apache (Jump On It)" and Madonna's own "Jump" were added to the performance. "Into the Groove" marked the beginning of the second segment titled Old School. Cartoon characters from late artist, and Madonna's friend, Keith Haring were used as the backdrops.

17 July 2010

Timecapsule: 17 years of "Rain" single

"Rain" was the fifth single release (fourth in U.S.) from Madonna's fifth studio album "Erotica". It was released as the fourth and final American single on July 17, 1993 and on July 25, 1993 in the United Kingdom.

Released in the summer of 1993, "Rain" received considerable airplay in the US and peaked at #14 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. This was a noticeable jump from the preceding single ("Bad Girl") which had peaked at #36. In Australia it was a big success, peaking within the top five, and is one of five Madonna songs that have spent twenty weeks or more on the charts. For the UK release, "Open Your Heart" was included as the b-side due to it being used in a Peugeot car commercial at the time. It peaked at number 7 on the charts, selling 130,771 copies. It went to #2 in Canada and Japan, #7 in Ireland, #9 in Italy, #11 in Switzerland, #16 in Sweden and it was on Top 40 charts in Austria, Holland and Germany. Previously unreleased "Up Down Suit" was single's B-side in the U.S. and remix of "Waiting" was chosen as a B-side for Japanese EP release.

This stunningly beautiful ballad was a break from the controversy surrounding the "Erotica" album. Daniel Abraham remixed the song and the more accessible Radio Remix became the main version on radio and the single releases.

With "Rain", Madonna achieved the accolade of most top 10 singles released by a female artist from one album, a feat she also accomplished with the release of "True Blue" in 1986 and again in 1998 with "Ray of Light". "Rain" is also featured on "Something to Remember", Madonna's ballads collection, but was omitted from both 2001's "GHV2" and 2009's "Celebration" (for the reasons unknown because the song is still one of the most beloved by fans).

The video, directed by Mark Romanek, was filmed from May 16–19, 1993 at a Santa Monica Airport hangar in Santa Monica, California. Romanek and Madonna set the video to look like Ryuichi Sakamoto was directing it (who actually plays the director in the video), giving it a backstage feel. It was entirely shot in black and white and then digitally colored with the blue tones.

The video won two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography. On Slant Magazine's "100 Greatest Music Videos" list, it was ranked #70. The video was first made commercially available when it was included on Madonna's 1999 "The Video Collection 93:99" and most recently when it was included on the 2009 "Celebration" DVD.

Beautiful as it might be, "Rain" was only performed live on the "Girlie Show". But it certainly was a performance that did justice to the song. It's one of the best examples of the perfect harmony between the voices of Madonna, Niki Harris and Donna De Lory. The heart-warming performance also included some lines of the Temptations' classic hit "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)". "Rain" made a comeback on the "Sticky & Sweet Tour" as a video interlude between the Old School and Gypsy sections. However, only part of the chorus was used in combination with the Eurythmics hit "Here Comes the Rain Again" (along with a sample of "The Wedding Toccata Theme" by German electronic duo Modeselektor).

10 July 2010

Madonna: Top-selling female recording artist of all time!

The 2011 edition of the Guiness World Records features Madonna as the Top-selling Female Recording Artist, with album sales up to December 2009 of 75 million in the USA and 200 million abroad

The Queen of Pop is also listed as the woman with the most #1 albums in the UK

Congratulations Madonna

source: madonna.com

09 July 2010

'Thank you' letter from "Raising Malawi"

Dear Vjeko,

Only two words seem appropriate right now: Thank you.

When Madonna pledged to match your contributions to Raising Malawi, we never dreamed you would be this generous. We set an ambitious goal of $150,000 - or so we thought - and hoped for the best. Simply put: we smashed our goal. Donations have poured in from our supporters around the world totaling more than $550,000 - and with Madonna's match, our total amount raised is well over one million dollars.

Help us keep building this momentum by telling your friends that you support the work of Raising Malawi. It's incredible - the more people learn about the work we are doing in Malawi, the more people want to get involved.

Thank you again for your continued support.

- Philippe

Philippe van den Bossche
Executive Director, Raising Malawi

05 July 2010

Madonna’s “W.E” Press Release


Madonna’s Directorial Feature Debut to start Principal Photography on 5th July.

Based on an original screenplay, “W.E”, a film written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian is set to begin shooting this summer in Europe (UK and France) and the US.

“W.E” tells two parallel love stories separated by more than six decades. Acclaimed actress Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Bright Star, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) has been cast in the role of Wally Winthrop – a young married New Yorker in 1998 who is obsessed with what she perceives as the ultimate romantic love story, King Edward VIII’s abdication for his love of Wallis Simpson. Andrea Riseborough has been cast in the role of Wallis Simpson. Riseborough is best known for her outstanding Bafta Nominated performance of Margaret Thatcher in the acclaimed BBC drama “The Long Walk to Finchley” and will soon be seen in Brighton Rock. British star James D’Arcy (Master and Commander, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) will play the part of Edward VIII. Wally Winthrop”s Russian love interest Evgeni will be played by rising star Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Sucker Punch) and her husband William will be played by Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time). Art imitates life as the revered British acting dynasty provides father and son, James Fox (Sherlock Holmes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bafta nominated A Passage to India, Bafta winner The Servant) and Laurence Fox (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Becoming Jane) in the roles of King George V and his son, Bertie.

1936 England – Wallis Simpson, an American woman, captured the heart of King Edward VIII. Already divorced and married to her second husband when she met Edward, then the Prince of Wales in London, the two fell in love. However, once crowned, Edward was told by the Church and the Prime Minister that he could not marry Wallis and remain King… He abdicated, giving up the throne to be with the woman he loved. Once married and known as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, they lived out what many considered to be the romance of the century.

1998 N.Y – Wally Winthrop has a troubled past and moves to New York from the South to work in Sotheby’s Estate department. She gives up her job to marry a successful psychiatrist but the marriage is unhappy and Wally finds herself bored, frustrated and often alone. She seeks refuge in her obsession with what she believes to be the ultimate romantic love story, King Edward VIII ‘s abdication for his love of Wallis Simpson. When Wally discovers that there is going to be an auction of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s Estate at Sotheby’s, she takes the opportunity to return to her old hunting ground to try to understand the nature of the great love affair through the artifacts that once belonged to the couple. While at Sotheby’s, Wally meets Evgeni, a Russian security guard, with a mysterious past. As she immerses herself deeper into the love story of Wallis and Edward, while spending more time away from her marriage, she finds herself falling in love.

We travel back and forth in time with Wally and Wallis, two fragile but determined women whose lives become inextricably linked. However, as the story unravels it becomes apparent that Wallis Simpson’s life was not as perfect as Wally had thought.

The film will be produced by Colin Vaines (producer Coriolanus, exec producer London Boulevard, The Gangs of New York and The Young Victoria) with Executive Producers Kris Thykier (producer The Debt, Kick-Ass, Harry Brown, exec producer Stardust) and Nigel Wooll (exec producer Miss Potter, co-producer GI Jane, White Squall). The production team include Production Designer Martin Childs (Oscar Winner Shakespeare in Love, Oscar Nominated Quills, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas), Director of Photography, Hagen Bogdanski (The Lives of Others, The Young Victoria), Costume Designer, Arianne Phillips (Oscar Nominated Walk the Line, Bafta Nominated A Single Man) and Hair and Make Up Designer – Jenny Shircore (Oscar Winner Elizabeth, Bafta Winner and Oscar Nominated The Young Victoria).

Souce: madonna.com

Updates about Madonna’s upcoming movie, "W.E."

Natalie Dormer has been casted to portray Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in a film about the Edward VIII abdication crisis. According to English newspaper the Telegraph, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother is to be subjected to a radical and controversial portrayal by Madonna. She is to be portrayed as a highly negative influence in "W.E.", which is sympathetic to Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American socialite, who caused a constitutional dilemma when the king declared his desire to marry her.

Natalie Dormer explained: "This country tends to remember the Queen Mother as a rather wrinkly 97 year-old, but I am playing her when she was quite an enchanting, engaging twenty and thirtysomething. She was quite a savage and savvy game player. She never really spoke in public - she left it up to her husband, the king, and, therefore, even if she was a dominant force in the marriage, and a rock and forward thinker, she always let the king take the lead. She never took any credit for it."

Madonna’s film has already undergone several changes. The latest is that American actress Margo Stilley has left. She told Britain’s Sunday Telegraph: "I had the role, but we had artistic differences. She (Madonna) is really something. I wish the cast luck because they are all really talented."

The film, which stars Abbie Cornish and James D’Arcy, is slated for a 2011 release.

03 July 2010

Timecapsule: 7 years of "Hollywood" single

"Hollywood" was the second single from Madonna's 2003 studio album "American Life". It was written by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï and released on July 3, 2003.

The song suffered from the anti-war message that the original music video of the album's predecessor single, "American Life", had displayed. "Hollywood" became Madonna's first single to miss the Billboard Hot 100 since she first appeared on to the chart twenty years prior with "Holiday". In an interview, Madonna said of the song: "This song is like a metaphor for me. It's the city of dreams and superficiality. It's the place where you forget about the really interesting things in life. In Hollywood, you can lose your memory and your vision of the future. You can lose everything because you can lose yourself."

"Hollywood" failed to break onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, or the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart. It was the first time since 1982's "Burning Up" that a Madonna single did not appear on either chart. However it peaked at number one on both the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Dance Singles Sales charts. The song did manage to break the top twenty in the singles charts of many other countries in which it was released. It peaked at #2 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was in Top 20 charts in Australia, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland and on Top 10 in Canada, Eurochart, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Romania and Spain. It also managed to go to No.3 on Billboard Singles Sales Chart and at No.35 on Billboard Adult Top 40 chart.

The single featured remixes by Jacques Lu Cont, The Micronauts, Paul Oakenfold, Deepsky and Victor Calderone.

Madonna performed "Hollywood" on the MTV special, "On Stage and on the Record", as well as part of the "Like a Virgin"/"Hollywood" medley with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, and as an interlude on her 2004 "Re-Invention Tour". This interlude featured an animated video of Tarot cards from the Rider-Waite deck. Both performances took Jacques Lu Cont's "Thin White Duke Mix" of the song as the main basis.

The music video for "Hollywood" was filmed on June 2 and 3, 2003 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California and directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. In the US, it premiered on June 23, 2003 on VH1 (along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video), June 24 on yahoo.com and June 27 on MTV. Two official remix videos of "Hollywood" were also released: the "Aviddiva Remix" created by Dustin Robertson was the more popular of the two remixes and featured unreleased footage from the video shoot. The second remix video entitled the "Paul Oakenfold Edit" was released by Warner Bros. Records as a promo-only and consisted mostly of clips from the original video.

In August 2003, the song was remixed with "Into the Groove" and performed with Missy Elliott under the title "Into the Hollywood Groove" as part of a promotional campaign for clothing store GAP.