On this day: Sept. 19: 'Music' album debuts (2000), Madonna visits Israel (2004)


September 19, 2000
The Music album is in stores.
Studio album by Madonna
Released: September 18, 2000
Recorded: September 1999 – January 2000
Genre: Pop, dance-pop, electronica
Length: 44:40
Label: Maverick, Warner Bros.
Producer: Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzaï, William Orbit, Guy Sigsworth, Mark "Spike" Stent, Talvin Singh
Singles from Music
Released: August 18, 2000
"Don't Tell Me"
Released: November 21, 2000
"What It Feels Like for a Girl"
Released: April 16, 2001
Music is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on September 18, 2000 by Maverick Records. Following the success of her previous album Ray of Light, she intended to embark on a tour. However, her record company encouraged her to return to the studio and record new music before going on the road. After filming The Next Best Thing, she began working on her new album, with producers like Mirwais Ahmadzaï, William Orbit, Guy Sigsworth, Mark "Spike" Stent and Talvin Singh. Music has an overall dance-pop and electronica vibe. However, the album also contains elements of rock, country and folk, also including the use of vocoder on many tracks, such as "Nobody's Perfect".
Upon its release, the album received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised Madonna's collaboration with Mirwais Ahmadzaï, as well as the album's musical creativity, however criticizing William Orbit produced songs, despite calling them catchy. It was nominated for a total of five Grammys at the 2001 Grammy Awards, eventually winning one. Music debuted at number one in over 23 countries around the world, and was Madonna's first album to reach the top of the Billboard 200 in 11 years since Like a Prayer (1989). It was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and five times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Three singles were released from the album; title track, "Don't Tell Me" and "What It Feels Like for a Girl". All of them reached the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100, with the title track, peaking at number one. "Impressive Instant" was released as promotional single, peaking at number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The album also has been included in many critic lists and polls, including Rolling Stone magazine's "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Alongside Ray of Light, Music was promoted by the Drowned World Tour, which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful, grossing around US$75 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing tour of 2001, while it received the Major Tour of the Year and Most Creative Stage Production awards nominations at the 2001 Pollstar awards. To date, the album has sold 15 million copies worldwide.
Critical reception
Music garnered acclaim from critics, holding a score of 80/100 on Metacritic based on 16 professional reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the album's layered music, giving it four out of five stars, and described Madonna's collaboration with Mirwais as the reason why the album "comes alive with spark and style". Dimitri Ehrlich from Vibe described the album as "a masterpiece of brilliantly arranged keyboards, futuristic drums, and electronica dressings. With folky acoustic guitars and a vaguely spiritual bent to her lyrics (like those on Ray of Light), it's a weird and fresh-sounding album." Andrew Lynch of Entertainment.ie, who gave the album three out of five stars, claimed that it contains "brilliant futuristic dance music", yet, claimed that the lyrics were "trite". Robert Christgau gave the album an A rating, describing the tracks as "good, all chintzy". Jim Farber of Entertainment Weekly gave the album an A rating, writing that "her most patchwork record since the Sean Penn years... In the way it tiptoes around sundry moods and beats, Music is frustratingly inconsistent, as if Madonna herself weren't sure where to venture next. At times, it feels like a collection of sounds -- clever, intriguing ones, to be sure -- that seek to compensate for ordinary melodies and Madonna's stoic delivery." David Browne from the same magazine claimed that it "doesn't close the book on Madonna, but it pulls only a few new tomes off the shelf."
Spin said that the album "is a much-nedded breath of fresh VapoRub." Danny Eccleston, in a review for Q, called it a "brave, radical and punchy (at a refreshing 49 minutes in length) album". A retrospective review in Blender remarked: "Her first 'headphones album'… It's more playful and less pompous than Ray of Light." Rolling Stone stated that the album was a rough and improvised version of Ray of Light, but lauded that Madonna had chosen to make a more "instinctive" record than her previous endeavours. Mojo magazine said that "Music is fitful and its charms aren't all immediate, but Madonna is still doing what she does best--giving a lick of pop genius to the unlikely genre of experimental dance music." NME said that Music is "vocodered, stretched, distorted, warped, deliberately upstaged by beats so showy they belong in a strip joint - quite simply, she's almost managed to make herself disappear. That bluntly explicit title isn't just pointless irony. This record is about the music, not Madonna; about the sounds, not the image." Slant Magazine criticised Madonna's collaborations with William Orbit, who had worked with her on Ray of Light, calling them repetitive and uninteresting despite being catchy.
Music earned a total of five Grammy Award nominations. In 2001, the album won "Best Recording Package" and was nominated for "Best Pop Vocal Album", while the title track was nominated for "Record of the Year" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance". In 2002, Madonna received one more nomination for "Don't Tell Me" in the "Best Short Form Music Video" category. On NME's list of the 50 best albums of 2000, Music was ranked at number 47.[53] In 2003, the album is listed at number 452 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is Madonna's fourth album on the list, the most among female artists. Music is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. (Wiki)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (80/100)
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars
Entertainment Weekly (A)
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars
Robert Christgau (A)
NME 8/10 stars
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars
Select 8/10 stars
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars
Spin (positive)
Vibe 4/4 stars

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length  
1. "Music"   MadonnaMirwais Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 3:44
2. "Impressive Instant"   Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 3:37
3. "Runaway Lover"   Madonna, William Orbit Madonna, Orbit 4:46
4. "I Deserve It"   Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 4:23
5. "Amazing"   Madonna, Orbit Madonna, Orbit 3:43
6. "Nobody's Perfect"   Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 4:58
7. "Don't Tell Me"   Madonna, Ahmadzaï, Joe Henry Madonna, Ahmadzaï 4:40
8. "What It Feels Like for a Girl"   Madonna, Guy Sigsworth Madonna, Sigsworth, Mark "Spike" Stent 4:43
9. "Paradise (Not for Me)"   Madonna, Ahmadzaï Madonna, Ahmadzaï 6:33
10. "Gone"   Madonna, Damian Le Gassick, Nik Young Madonna, Orbit, Stent 3:24

Madonna visits Israel

September 19, 2004
Spiritually For Kids Lecture in Tel Aviv, Israel
Pop superstar Madonna and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, have arrived in Israel for a five-day visit.
Madonna, a student of Jewish mysticism Kabbalah, arrived in Tel Aviv for the Jewish New Year. Madonna is not scheduled to perform during the visit, as shes planning to go on a spiritual quest.
The singer and husband Ritchie joined a group of some 2,000 other students of Kabbalah for the international congress of the Kabbalah Center. Madonna also participated in a gala benefit for children and visited graves of revered rabbinical sages.
During her visit, says the Israel Tourism Office, Madonna was filmed a short video to promote tourism. Israeli papers add that Madonna, who has become a leading proponent of Kabbalah and has adopted the Hebrew name Esther, Madonna was joined in Israel by Demi Moore, Donald Trump's ex-wife Marla Trump and fashion designer Donna Karan.



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