The "You Must Remember to Love Her" Era

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STR Overview

·         Something To Remember was Madonna’s first and only compilation album dedicated to her ballads

·         It was released on November 3, 1995

·         Three new songs were added to the compilation: One More Chance, I Want You (a cover, original song by Marvin Gaye) and You’ll See

·         Although I Want You was never an official single, a video was shot to promote the record

·         The compilation also featured a reworked version of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (that was first featured on 1984’s Like a Virgin)

·         Worldwide the record has sold over 10 million copies

·         Some countries added La Isla Bonita or Veras (Spanish version of ‘You’ll See’ as a bonus track to the tracklisting

·         Madonna performed You’ll See on the UK show Top Of The Pops, two versions exist; wearing a black shirt and one in a blue blouse

·         It wasn’t until some US dates of the Drowned World Tour that Madonna performed You’ll See live (replaced ‘Gone’), she hasn’t performed it since

·         Oh Father, One More Chance and Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (with new video by Jean-Baptiste Mondino) gained little commercial response

·         The first release of Something To Remember featured flowers on the backside, while second pressings featured a Madonna photo on the back


STR Background

After a controversy-fueled period, Madonna's personal life had started to dominate over her musical career. "She knew it was time to make a change" as said by one anonymous member of her management team who claimed that she wanted to prove there was more to her than the constant media circus surrounding her. J. Randy Taraborrelli, author of Madonna: An Intimate Biography, documented that Madonna had previously stated that many of her songs have been overlooked in response to current trends, with her long-time friend and producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï stating "she hasn't shouted about her musical abilities." Taraborrelli explained "So, whether Madonna released Something to Remember, a collection of previously released love songs, because she had a point to prove or simply to keep a contractual obligation, the fourteen track recording did make a statement." Described as a "love letter from Madonna to her fans and music lovers alike" the compilation seemed to notify her contemporaries of her musical talent. 

On the album's liner note, Madonna further explained:

So much controversy has swirled around my career this past decade that very little attention ever gets paid to my music. The songs are all but forgotten. While I have no regrets regarding the choices I've made artistically, I've learned to appreciate the idea of doing things in a simpler way. So without a lot of fanfare, without any distractions, I present to you this collection of ballads. Some are old, some are new. All of them are from my heart.

The new material for the album saw her collaboration with a well-known producer David Foster. Foster recalled the first time Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg contacting him for a dinner with the singer: "When Madonna first called, I was a little surprised—my music isn't really hip enough for her—but I guess her camp thought we should meet, and I got a call from Liz Rosenberg, the PR maven who has been with Madonna from the beginning." Not long after the dinner, Madonna and Foster began the recording session in his Malibu studio.

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Evita Film Facts:

·         1996

·         Directed by: Alan Parker

·         MUSICAL / DRAMA

·         Madonna as Eva Peron

Movie Exclusives:

·         Madonna had been in talks for years to play the part of Eva Peron for the movie version

·         She wrote Andrew Lloyd Webber a letter begging for her part, and sent the ‘Take A Bow’ video

·         Madonna was loved and hated wherever she went to film

·         She wore brown contacts for her role as Eva Peron

·         Madonna had some vocal coaching to train her voice and sing the difficult songs, but she pulled it off brilliantly

·         Madonna kept a diary during filming, which was later published in ‘Vanity Fair’

·         Madonna found out that she was pregnant with Lola during filming

·         Of course the filming continued, but Madonna had to sit every now and then to recover from dizzy spells

·         Madonna spoke with the president of Argentina to convince him of their good intentions and the brilliantness of the movie, and to ask if they could film on the actual Casa de Rosada

·         During the filming of the scene where Eva gets told she is dying because she has cancer, Madonna tried to imagine how her own mother must’ve felt when she was told the news (Madonna’s mother died of breast cancer when Madonna was only five). Madonna spent the entire day crying

·         Madonna attended the official premiere in a few countries, including Spain, U.K., Italy and the U.S.

·         Madonna received a well deserved Golden Globe for her part as Eva Peron

·         The world was surprised when Madonna did not even get an Academy Award nomination

·         Madonna still attended the Academy Awards that night and peformed an amazing live version of ‘You Must Love Me’, which later won the Oscar for best song


Evita Background

In 1996, Madonna starred in the film Evita, playing the role of Eva Perón, For a long time, Madonna had desired to play Eva and even wrote a letter to director Alan Parker, explaining how she would be perfect for the part. Madonna had already enlisted the help of composers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who had originally created Evita the musical. Rice believed that the singer would suit in the title role since she could "act beautifully through music".

However Lloyd Webber was still wary about Madonna's singing, so after securing the role, she underwent vocal training with coach Joan Lader. Since Evita required the actors to sing their own parts, the training helped in increasing Madonna's confidence in the songs. Lader noted that the singer "had to use her voice in a way she's never used it before. Evita is real musical theater — its operatic, in a sense. Madonna developed an upper register that she didn't know she had." She taught Madonna how to sing using her diaphragm rather than just her throat, enabling her to project her voice in a more cohesive manner. Madonna was thrilled to find the newly discovered nuances in her voice and would go home every night, practicing by telephoning her friends and singing to them.

Parker finished writing the script for the film by May 1995. He then visited Lloyd Webber's home in France, and tried to bring him and Rice together for working on the film. While drafting the script, Parker had re-written the last act, removing the repetitive content of the original play. This resulted in Rice and Lloyd Webber composing new music, including the new song "You Must Love Me". Parker knew that the pre-recorded playback would be the main backbone for the filming, hence was wary about the decisions he had to make in the recording studio. He pondered over the script and the music, expecting any questions that the actors would have for later.

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Madonna Four Rooms Interview - Madonna interviewed on the set of "Four Rooms" film

rec: November 1994


February 9: Madonna’s Like A Virgin album was certified 9x platinum by the Record Industry Association of America in the USA for shipment of 9-million units.

Previous certifications for Like A Virgin included:

July 14, 1987 – 7x platinum

November 6, 1985 – 6x platinum

July 22, 1985 – 5x platinum

April 23, 1985 – 4x platinum

February 5, 1985 – 3x platinum

January 23, 1985 – 2x platinum

January 23, 1985 – platinum

January 23, 1985 – Gold


February 9: Madonna: The Girlie Show – Live Down Under video was certified gold for sales of 50,000 units in the USA.

February 13: Madonna's surprise appearance on Late Show with David Letterman

rec: February 13 1995

February 16: Madonna is reportedly set to record a cover of “I Want You” for an upcoming Marvin Gaye tribute project. (Liz Smith)

February 18: Thomas Gottschalk interviewed Madonna for Wetten, dass..? TV Show

February 20: Madonna interviewed at Brit Awards Press Conference


March 1: Madonna begins a series of promotional ad campaigns in various North American magazines for Gianni Versace fashions.

March 1: Madonna began to appear in a series of promotional ad campaigns in various North American magazines for Gianni Versace fashions. Photographs by Steven Meisel.

March 8: Finally, another duet from Bono and a dead singer but this time Frank Sinatra is not going to be in the room, on the phone or musically mixed in, in any way whatsoever. This time, we're speaking about the role Bono will play as well as several other musical heavies in the tribute album Motown is putting together to honor soulful singer and domestic-violence statistic Marvin Gaye.

It's gonna be big, as you can imagine. That's why Bono has good company in Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Neneh Cherry, Lisa Stansfield, Public Enemy, Digable Planets, Marvin's daughter Nona Gaye, and assorted others. The album, "Inner City Blue: The Music of Marvin Gaye," will be released in September. Amazingly, Michael Bolton who's made a career out of stealing sheet music wasn't even asked to participate.

And who'll sing what? Bono and Marvin will croon a duet of "Save the Children" while

Madonna who has been recording at Eddie Germano's Hit Factory will be joined by the Brit rap-reggae-hip hop-klezmer group Massive Attack on "I Want You."

Stevie Wonder will sing "Stubborn Kind of Fellow." Public Enemy promises to take "Inner City Blues" to a new depth while Nona Gaye would do her papa proud with her version of "Time to Get It Together."

Rounding out the album are Stansfield's "Just to Keep You Satisfied," Cherry's "Troubleman," Rosie Gaine's "Distant Lover" and Speech from Arrested Development will do right to the anthem "What's Going On." He'd better. So far, we haven't yet heard through the grapevine who will sing "Heard It Through the Grapevine."

Look for a TV special to follow. (NY Daily News)

March 13: After 10 years with CAA, Madonna changes agents by signing with the William Morris Agency.
March 15: Madonna is signed to star as the late Eva Peron in film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical Evita.

March 16: Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection was certified 6x platinum (6 million units) in the USA.

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine (

On the surface, the single-disc hits compilation The Immaculate Collectionappears to be a definitive retrospective of Madonna’s heyday in the ’80s. After all, it features 17 of Madonna’s greatest hits, from Holiday and Like a Virgin to Like a Prayer and Vogue. However, looks can be deceiving. It’s true that The Immaculate Collection contains the bulk of Madonna’s hits, but there are several big hits that aren’t present, including Angel, Dress You Up, True Blue, Who’s That Girl and Causing a Commotion. The songs that are included are frequently altered. Everything on the collection is remastered in Q-sound, which gives an exaggerated sense of stereo separation that often distorts the original intent of the recordings. Furthermore, several songs are faster than their original versions and some are faded out earlier than either their single or album versions, while others are segued together. In other words, while all the hits are present, they’re simply not in their correct versions. Nevertheless, The Immaculate Collection remains a necessary purchase, because it captures everything Madonna is about and it proves that she was one of the finest singles artists of the ’80s. Until the original single versions are compiled on another album, The Immaculate Collection is the closest thing to a definitive retrospective.

March 21: Madonna is featured in a public service announcement for VH1.
March 27: Madonna attends the post-Academy Awards party at Chasen's restaurant, Los Angeles, CA.

March 27: Barry Norman Interviewed Madonna Alan Parker at Academy Awards for BBC TV Show "Continuity"

April 1: Before Madonna goes into the studio to begin work on the EVITA soundtrack, she will record some new material for an album due out later this year. (Liz Smith)

April 8: Madonna recently recorded a cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic “I Want You” with Nellee Hooper’s friends, Massive Attack. (MTV News)

April 25: After signing with the William Morris Agency on March 13, Madonna changes agents again by switching to ICM.

May 14: Martin interviewed Madonna for his Nine Network's Ray Martin Presents TV Show

May 15: "I'll Remember (Theme From With Honors)" is honored as one of the Most Performed Songs Of 1994 at the 12th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA.*

May 29: Robert Hoskins, 37, is shot by a security guard outside Madonna's Castillo del Lago estate, Los Angeles, CA for trespassing on her property and threatening to marry or kill Madonna. Hoskins, who is shot in the arm and hip, is arrested on $150,000 US bail; Madonna is not at home during the incident.

May 29: Alek Keshishian filmed Madonna in a Japanese television commercial for Takara, a shochu or Japanese sake manufacturer. The sake, called Jun Legend, was made by blending two types of alcohol distilled from barley and corn and aging them in charred oak barrels for one to five years. Takara’s claim was that the sake tasted similar to whiskey.

Madonna wrote and sang the commercial’s jingle, which featured the lyrics: “How can I be pure, when all the strength I have is breaking me? How can I be sure, where is this road I’ve chosen taking me? I’m pure. Jun Legend.”

June 1: Madonna attends the Parkinson's Disease Foundation salute to Muhammad Ali at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York, NY.* (24) Madonna makes a surprise appearance to introduce a live performance by UNV at KISS-FM and Aquafina's 3rd annual KISS & Unite concert at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA.

June 1: Madonna attended the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation salute to Muhammad Ali at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, in New York.

June 27: Madonna reads the poem "If You Forget Me" by Pablo Neruda on The Postman (Il Postino)

I want you to know one thing
you know how this is
if I look at the crystal moon
at the red branch of the slow autumn at my window,
If I touch near the fire the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log.
Everything carries me to you, as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals, or little boats
that sail towards those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well now, if little by little you stop loving me,
I shall stop loving you, little by little.
If suddenly you forget me, do not look for me
for I shall already have forgotten you.
If you think at long and mad the wind banners that passes through my life
and you decide to leave me at the shore of the heart where I have roots,
remember than on that day, at that hour I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off to seek another land.

But if each day each hour
you feel that you are destined for me with implacable sweetness.
If each day a flower climbs up to your lips to seek me, ah my love,
ah my own, in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love beloved,
and as long as you live in will be in your arms without leaving mine.

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Late July/early August: Madonna shoots her second Versace campaign in Italy with Mario Testino. The shots will later be used in the Something to Remember album artwork.

August 3: Liz Smith reports that Madonna will release a collection of ballads this Christmas, it will feature some of her greatest slow songs as well as two new ones – a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” and a newly recorded version of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” The collection is tentatively entitled, I Want You.

August 17: Madonna attended a private party at the Delano Hotel in Miami, Florida in celebration of her 37th birthday.

South Florida daily newspaper the Sun-Sentinel covered the bash:

Last Thursday night one of the most famous women in the world had a glittering birthday party in what is probably by now one of the most famous hotels in the world. Madonna, uber pop singing sensation, strolled into the lobby of Miami Beach’s Delano Hotel for her big bash in a tight long pink Versace dress with a big smile on her face and a new beau on her arm.

Among the guests waiting inside were Gloria and Emilio Estefan, actor Andy Garcia, Cuban musician Cachao, Donatella Versace and Estefan protegee Albita, who sang a rousing Latino version of Happy Birthday. Ms Ciccone uncharacteristically stopped and chatted with the press, who had all been alerted about the private party, causing crowds to close down the surrounding streets.

Among her revelations were the favorite gift so far (a diamond-and-gold name bracelet from her beau, Carlito); and the pleasure she was getting from having her birthday party in her very own restaurant, the Blue Door, located in the rear lobby of the Delano. News of the party, with the chic new hotel as a stunning backdrop, was seen on every national entertainment and tabloid show in America, and perhaps the world.

August 29: Madonna has completed a video in NYC for “I Want You” which will premiere on MTV in mid-September. However, the ballad compilation due this fall is entitled Something to Remember. The album is now scheduled for a late October release and will feature three new songs, including the Gaye tribute “I Want You” which Madonna recorded with Massive Attack. (MTV News)


The video for “I Want You” is rumored to be based on the Italian film

Voce Humana

, directed by the famed Rossellini. In the film, Anna Magnani plays a woman who spends the entire film in her apartment (in a slip dress) arguing with her lover on the phone. Madonna will again draw on Anna Magnani in 2009 when she borrows her look from the 1951 Visconti film


for her Dolce and Gabbana fashion campaign for Spring/Summer 2010.

September 5: Hitmaker David Foster will produce a track on the compilation.

September 7: Madonna won Best Female Video for “Take A Bow” at the 12th annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY. Madonna also presented the award for Best Rap Video.

Later, a post-show chat with Kurt Loder to promote her upcoming ballads collection Something To Remember quickly went off the rails when Courtney Love infamously interrupted the interview. While it may have been Liz Rosenberg’s worst nightmare, the hilarious encounter certainly gave viewers something to remember!

September 10: The tracklisting is leaked and the cover art is described as Madonna against a wall with wet hair in a Versace dress. (MLVC Mailing List)

September 14: “I Want You” is scheduled for release on Oct. 3 and is described as a “haunting and minimalist” update of the R&B classic, combining hiphop and industrial elements. The video clip, lensed by Earle Sebastian, is a beautiful black & white piece shot in a New York City apartment in August. The video is described as stark and minimalist with a spare number of images. The album release date has been moved to November 7 and David Foster is contributing a second new song to the collection. (Icon Newsletter)

September 16-17: Madonna records songs with David Foster in NYC. (Timothy White article, Billboard)


Foster will record several demos with Madonna including – “I Can’t Forget,” “You’ll See” and “One More Chance.”

September 20: WB reports that David Foster’s contributions will be two new songs: “You’ll See” and “One More Chance.”

September 24: Madonna arrives in London, England to begin 2-month recording sessions for Evita movie soundtrack.

September 30: Billboard magazine featured an exclusive interview with Madonna in a piece by Timothy White to promote her upcoming ballads collection, Something To Remember.  Focusing primarily on the connection between Madonna’s introspective ballads and the loss of her mother, the article (which appears in an abridged version below) was titled “‘Something’ In the Way She Grieves.”

“Listening to this record took me on my own journey,” says Madonna with a sad smile, shifting on the couch in her apartment overlooking Central Park. “Each song is like a map of my life. I don’t really listen to my records once I’ve done them, I’m onto the next thing. And I think most of the time when my records come out, people are so distracted by so much fanfare and controversy that nobody pays attention to the music. But this is, for the most part, a retrospective, and I just wanted to put it out in a very simple way. The songs, they choke me up, and I wrote them. Isn’t that weird? I can’t tell you how painful the idea of singing Like A Virgin or Material Girl is to me now. I didn’t write either of those songs and wasn’t digging deep then. I also feel more connected emotionally to the music I’m writing now, so it’s more of a pleasure to do it.”

Madonna has included three new songs on Something To Remember: a moody cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1976 hit I Want You, which was suggested and subsequently produced by Nellee Hooper and features Massive Attack, and two bittersweet serenades (You’ll See and One More Chance), co-created with David Foster during the third weekend of September in a whirlwind writing/recording session. Shortly after this talk, she was to leave for London to start recording the music for the film version of Evita, the musical that was the toast of Broadway in 1979–the year Madonna wrote her first song in the basement of a dormant Queens, NY synagogue.

“I remember calling up my father back in Detroit and making him hear it on the tape recorder over the phone,” she confides, blushing. “He said, ‘Oh, that’s very nice.’ I felt proud. The song was called Tell The Truth.”

A self-assessed “roller-coaster Catholic,” Madonna grew up sharing the middle bunk in a three-tier bed with two of her sisters. “I didn’t have any free time as a child,” she says. “My mother died of breast cancer when I was 7, and then my father remarried when I was 10. I had a lot of responsibility, taking care of my younger brothers and sisters.”

Like her siblings, Madonna was obliged to study music, specifically piano. “But I couldn’t sit still, and I begged my father to let me take dance lessons,” which served as a means of escape. Madonna was in the church choir and acted in school musicals, while sharing her mother’s mantra-like habit of idly intoning her favorite tunes. “As a teenager, I loved Aretha Franklin’s A Natural Woman, and in high school I worshiped Joni Mitchell and sang everything from Court And Spark, my coming-of-age record.”

But her pivotal developmental trial was the death of her mother, and as Madonna passes this fall afternoon discussing the themes behind her often acutely wistful ballads, she ultimately says, “My mother is part of a lot of my music.”

Although love songs, such as Live To Tell, One More Chance and I’ll Remember, also invoke the early fever of a failed marriage to Sean Penn, tensions with a stepmother who could not replace her lost parent, or later relationships that fell short, a larger phantom overshadows each mourning of life’s missed linkages.

“I think about my mother and a certain emptiness–a longing–in my songs. There are tragic, traumatic moments where I think ‘I wish that I could call my mother.’ It’s this primal thing that has been a springboard for the work I do.”

How did she learn her mother was gone?

“I was at my grandmother’s house. The phone rang, and it was my father, and he told my grandmother that my mother had died. I’d just seen her in the hospital. The rest of the day I blocked out–I probably went outside and played. I was majorly into denial and didn’t really understand. And it unfortunately wasn’t something that my father ever really prepared us for or discussed afterward. I suddenly developed a strange throwing-up disease, where every time I would leave the house, I would throw up. If I was away from my father, I threw up. It was a nervous condition.”

In recent years, when Madonna was under attack for her frank Erotica album and Sex book, the artist says she drew strength from her late parent’s nonjudgmental “fervor” for fulfilling one’s personal vision: “She had an unbelievable level of tolerance and forgiveness. She was tremendously religious in a really passionate–almost sexual–way, like she was in love with God. If you read the letters she wrote, even when she was sick and dying, she was completely happy about everything. It was frightening, there was just that faith of hers. My mother loved to take care of people. My older brothers and I were sometimes brutal to her, and she never complained.”

It sounds like the materfamilias had an essential serenity. “Exactly,” says her daughter. “And I could probably use more of it in my life.”

A brisk September breeze catches the leafy scent rising from the freshly mowed lawns of Central Park, the tangy end-of-season smell betokening the coming solstice. Madonna shivers slightly as she sips the last of her tea.

“I think my mother made people angry, because they couldn’t shake her beliefs,” she concludes in a near whisper. “And she was just 32 when she died–just a baby, Madonna Louise. So basically, I’m here to take her place.”

October: Madonna interviewed on the set of "You'll See" video for 3sat

October 1: Madonna attends the London premiere of film Assassins (starring Antonio Banderas).
October 2: The video for "I Want You" premieres on VH-1.

October 2: Madonna begins recording Evita soundtrack at CTS Studios, London. "I Want You" video world premieres on VH1.

Shot on August 5th and 6th in Long Island City, New York by director Earle Sebastien, the video was inspired by the short story A Telephone Call – A Terrible Day Tomorrow by American author, Dorothy Parker.

October 5: “I Want You” will not be released as a commercial single thus making it ineligible for the Billboard Hot 100. The first single release is expected to be “You’ll See” sometime next month.


Massive Attack’s website explains the situation:

“I Want You” was made for a tribute album to the late, great soul singer Marvin Gaye. The tribute album called Inner City Blues, would feature Marvin Gaye's songs re-interperted by various artists specfically for the project. Over a year before the release of the album 'Motown', the record label in charge of assembling the artists for the album approached Massive Attack and asked them to pick a song from Marvin Gaye's back catalogue to re-imagined and suggested they do a collaboration with Chaka Khan, an well-known American R&B singer. A backing track was made to accomadate her vocals, but due to Chaka Khan flaking on the recoding sessions, she was dropped. The possibilty came up briefly then of procuring Aaron Neville, another well-known American R&B singer but that fell through as well because of legality issues.

At this point, in stepped Massive Attack's old Wild Bunch cohort, Nellee Hooper who made the suggestion of Madonna as vocalist. Hooper who had just recently finished producing Madonna's Bedtime Stories album was able to setup a meeting between Massive Attack and Madonna and from there surprisingly getting Madonna's vocal contribution involved less red tape and less prima donna behaviour than either previous option, Chaka Khan or Aaron Neville.

Daddy G and Mushroom never got the oppertunity to meet Madonna during the recording sessions for "I Want You." Only 3D along with Nelle Hooper would meet with Madonna over in New York for a period of two days, record the vocals with her and then bring them back to Bristol to be worked on.

Madonna was so impressed by the finished product that she choose to include "I Want You" as the first track on her next album, Something to Remember.

The original plans for "I Want You" included a full-scale single release. Premiere Madonna remixer of the time, Junior Vasquez, did some remixes of the track and a promo video was even shot, but in the end legality problems between the Motown label and Madonna's record label prevented this from happening.

October 6: The video for "I Want You" premieres on MTV.

October 10: “You’ll See” has been tipped as the official lead single for the album and will be released on Oct. 24.

LATER: The bauhinia flower is the type of flora used on the cover for the “You’ll See” single. It was the flower used in the new flag for Hong Kong once it was returned by Britian to China.

October 12: Liz Rosenberg confirms that there will be no actual airplay or commercial single for “I Want You” and that it was just a promotional video for the Inner City Blues project.

October 13: Blue In The Face is released in US.
October 17: Madonna (with Massive Attack) contribute a remake of 1976 song "I Want You" to Marvin Gaye tribute CD Inner City Blues: The Music Of Marvin Gaye.

October 17: the Marvin Gaye tribute album Inner City Blues: The Music Of Marvin Gaye was released. Compiled and released on Motown Records, the album featured a beautifully poignant remake of the 1976 classic I Want You by Madonna with Massive Attack.

Motown Records had initially brought Massive Attack on board to produce the track before a lead singer had been confirmed. Early plans sought to have Chaka Khan perform vocal duties, but after failing to turn up for the recording session she was swiftly nixed from the project. Aaron Neville was then lined up as a replacement but plans again fell through when contract issues prevented his participation. Producer Nellee Hooper, who had recently produced cuts for Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album, suggested her as a potential choice. Surprisingly, getting Madonna’s vocal contribution involved less red tape and less prima donna behaviour than either previous option.

Massive Attack’s 3D and Hooper flew to New York and spent two days in the studio with Madonna. 3D commented on the recording session in interviews with The Face (Nov/95) and ChannelV TV (Jun/98) respectively:

“She sang it really well, she had it sorted out, you could tell she knew the song, she’d really worked fucking hard on it. Fucking good.” 

“It was quite freaky for me because I’m just a Bristol boy. She was singing in my ear as we were playing the music down, giving me her version of it. I wasn’t taking any notice at all really. I was just thinking about how mad it is. She is such an icon it takes you a while to adjust. When she was in the vocal room, it was amazing. We did a few takes just to cover it, but she sang it so well we could have done it in one take. It was that beautiful.”

Madonna was equally impressed with the results of the session, opting to include the song as the opening track on her forthcoming ballads compilation, Something To Remember – and book-ending the set with an orchestral version. Initially planned as a jointly-promoted lead single for both albums, a video was filmed for the song by director Earle Sebastien. While the video was put into rotation on music video channels in early October, plans to release the track as a single were scrapped due to label disagreements between Motown – who insisted on releasing the tribute album several weeks ahead of Something To Remember – and Warner. Perhaps fearing that Warner would withdraw their permission to include Madonna’s vocals on the tribute, Motown wisely ceded to its inclusion on Madonna’s own retrospective. The song was later featured on Massive Attack’s 2006 best-of, Collected.

October 18:"You'll See" is available for downloading on the internet at

October 19: "I Want You" video is featured on MTV documentary Inner City Blues: The Music Of Marvin Gaye.

October 19: Madonna’s I Want You video was featured on the MTV documentary Inner City Blues: The Music Of Marvin Gaye. The documentary was assembled to promote the release of the accompanying tribute album.

October 21: "I Want You" video hits #11 on VH1’s weekly chart in the U.S. The video for I Want You is somewhat of an anomaly in Madonna’s career. The song was initially intended to be a joint release to promote both Inner City Blues (a Marvin Gaye tribute album on Motown Records) and Madonna’s own Something To Rememberballads collection on Sire/Maverick. Naturally, a music video was commissioned to accompany the planned single.

Unfortunately, legal wranglings between the two record companies ensued when Motown insisted on releasing the tribute album ahead of Madonna’s album. Concerned that the move could negatively impact sales of Something To Remember, Madonna’s label apparently backed away from plans to fully promote I Want You.

October 23: Madonna begins filming "You'll See" video in London, England, directed by Michael

The video was conceived as a sequel to Madonna’s 1994 video for Take A Bow, with both featuring Spanish bullfighter Emilio Muñoz. Madonna’s scenes for the You’ll See video were shot as she was preparing to begin recording the soundtrack for Evita.

October 23-24: While in London to record the Evita soundtrack, Madonna takes these two days to shoot the video for "You'll See" with her "Take A Bow" video director, Michael Haussman - it will debut on MTV in early November. The video is a "sequel" to her previous bullfighting hit. The footage is visually based on the film Casablanca and - more specifically Ingrid Bergman's character – the bolero hat and walk through the train draw from this film's imagery.

October 30: You’ll See  was released as the first single from the ballads compilation, Something To Remember. It was one of three tracks written and produced by Madonna with Canadian songwriter David Foster during a marathon writing/recording session in late September 1995, with One More Chance also making the album’s final cut. A shelved collaboration entitled I Can’t Forget was recorded by British electronic group Tilt (retitled Come Closer) in 2006 and later by Canadian vocalist Angelica Di Castro. Madonna’s original unreleased demo leaked to the internet in 2010.

A Spanish version of You’ll See entitled Verás (featuring lyrics by Paz Martinez) was recorded during a brief promotional push for the album and was included on the North American maxi-single alongside an instrumental version and a live recording of Live To Tell (taken from 1987’s Ciao Italia! concert release). An alternate version of the You’ll See video was serviced to Latin markets to promote Verás featuring in-studio footage of Madonna recording its vocals.

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November: Madonna Interview : For Women (November 1995)

November 2:"You'll See" video premieres on MTV. Madonna performs "You'll See" on BBC1-TV's Top Of The Pops in London, England.
November 2: Madonna does an interview with German channel VIVA2 where she talks about working on this record:

Madonna said that Massive Attack were always hanging around the recording studio with Nellee Hooper and Madonna while they were recording Bedtime Stories. Madonna and Massive Attack talked about working together and so since Madonna was suppose to do the Marvin Gaye tribute thing, they decided to work together for “I Want You.”

[This would appear to contradict, somewhat, Massive Attack's statements - above]

November 7: The LP Something To Remember greatest ballad hits CD is released. The collection was released on different dates in different markets.

Described as a “love letter from Madonna to her fans and music lovers alike” in the album’s liner note, Madonna further explained:

So much controversy has swirled around my career this past decade that very little attention ever gets paid to my music. The songs are all but forgotten. While I have no regrets regarding the choices I’ve made artistically, I’ve learned to appreciate the idea of doing things in a simpler way. So without a lot of fanfare, without any distractions, I present to you this collection of ballads. Some are old, some are new. All of them are from my heart.

Something To Remember included the following songs:

I Want You
I’ll Remember
Take A Bow
You’ll See
Crazy for You
This Used to Be My Playground
Live to Tell
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Remix)
Something to Remember
Forbidden Love
One More Chance
Oh Father
I Want You (Orchestral)

The Japanese release included La Isla Bonita.

The Latin release included Verás the Spanish version of You’ll See.  

November 10: Madonna’s Something to Remember was released in Japan under the title Best of Madonna: Ballad Collection.

The Japanese release included Madonna’s 1986 hit La Isla Bonita as a bonus track.

La Isla Bonita was re-released three months prior to the compilation as a double A-side record with Human Nature, the final single from Bedtime Stories. Receiving gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), the song was added to Something to Remember track listing in the hope of boosting the album sales in the Japanese region.
November 21: "You'll See" single is released.
November 22: Madonna was featured on VH1’s television series VH1 To One in a previously recorded interview with Jane Pratt. The appearance was part of Madonna’s promotional activities for the ballads compilation, Something To Remember.

The interview was conducted in London, where Madonna had recently begun recording the soundtrack to Evita.

November 25: Madonna’s greatest ballads collection, Something To Remember, hit #6 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart in the USA.

Madonna worked with David Foster on two of the three new songs for the collection: You’ll See and One More Chance.

Foster had this to say about working with Madonna:

“She had an amazing work ethic. She was on time every day and was really co-producing the songs with me. A lot of artists want to produce just because they can, and they don’t do a thing for the credit, which I really hate. But Madonna worked as hard as any producer I know … I liked the whole experience of working with her—the punctuality, the professionalism, and the sexiness.”

November 25: * (25) Something To Remember hits US #6.

November 28: Madonna interviewed by Richard Wilkins for Australian "Today" Show

November: Madonna interviewed by Lorella Cuccarini for Rai Uno's "Buona Domenica" TV Show


December 2: Madonna Interview : NME (December 02 1995)

Madonna appeared on the cover of NME (New Music Express) magazine. The cover/interview was part of the Something To Remember promotional plan.

Here are a few questions from the interview:

Is ‘You’ll See’ about revenge?

“No, It’s about empowering yourself. As much as I like a song like ‘Take A Bow’, lyrically it only reflects one side of my personality. I have that side which in completely masochistic and willing to, literally, do anything for love. But there’s another side too which is – ‘Don’t f*** with me, I don’t need anybody. I can do what I want’ and ‘You’ll See’ reflects that.”

Are you getting harder as you get older?

“No, just wiser. I’ve read a couple of reviews that say I’m getting harder in my old age but I don’t think that’s true at all. I think that you can’t help but become a little cynical about life and love but I’m still a romantic, I’m still an idealist. I fall in love quite easily so I don’t think I’ve gotten harder at all. It’s just another thing for people to mention when they want to undermine who I am and what I say. Some people have a really hard time resisting thinking in a one-dimensional way in general.”

For a woman whose first hit was a song about holidays, Madonna implies that she is singularly bad at taking them.

“I despise anyone who looks at me and my lifestyle and thinks – ‘Oh God! Her life is so easy!’ Like I was born into it and it happened overnight. Bullshit! I work so f**ing hard.”

Nor is she deluded about her commercial ranking. Though still one of the most famous women in the world – most people have forgotten more about Madonna than they achieve in their entire lives – her record sales don’t always reflect this.

“I’ve gone from having a huge fan base to losing a huge fan base to having a kind of fluctuating fan base. I’ve always had a core of fans who’ve stuck by me but, depending on the kind of music I do, I end up appealing to certain groups of people and alienating others.”

Does this bother you?

“No. I may not be as popular as I once was but people are starting to pay attention to my music and respect me as an artist more.”

Have you lost your nerve at any point over the years?

“Absolutely!” she laughs. “I panic every time I put out a record. I think every artist does. Every time you have a Number One record you think., ‘Well that was great but I’ll probably never be able to do it again’. It’s never-ending.”

December 3: Madonna attends the 1st annual VH1 Fashion & Music Awards at Lexington Avenue Armory, Manhattan, NY: she presents the Fashion's Future award to Gucci's Tom Ford and receives the Most Fashionable Artist award by ex-husband Sean Penn.

Madonna presented the Fashion’s Future Award to Gucci’s Tom Ford and received the Most Fashionable Artist Award, presented by ex-husband Sean Penn.


December 13: * Madonna is interviewed by Forrest Sawyer on ABC-TV's PrimeTime Live.

December 16: "You'll See" hits US #6.

When You’ll See peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100, it made Madonna one of only three artists in the Hot 100 history to have a hit peak at each position from one to ten on the chart. 

December 21:  Madonna is subpoenaed to testify against her stalker, Robert Hoskins, at the Criminal Courts Building, Los Angeles, CA on Jan 3, 1996; if she ignores the order, a $5 million warrant will be issued for her arrest.
December 23: Madonna won two Billboard Music Awards: Top Hot 100 Singles Artist – Female and Top Hot Dance Club Play Artist.

December 24: Oh Father was released as the second UK single from Madonna’s ballads retrospective, Something To Remember.

Warner had initially declined the option to release Oh Father in most European markets when it became the fourth North American single from Like A Prayer in late 1989, instead opting for a more by-the-numbers portrait of childhood innocence with the release of Dear Jessie. Why it was determined to be a better idea in 1995, following its poor showing on the U.S. charts, is anyone’s guess. One possibility is that Oh Father‘s brilliant preexisting music video provided an easy, cost-free means of promoting the song while Madonna remained unavailable due to her recording commitments for the Evita soundtrack.

While I would personally rank Oh Father among Madonna’s very best musical and lyrical efforts, and its music video an underrated classic – it never had the makings of a commercial hit. And history repeated itself when the song’s dark subject matter once again stunted its ability to gain momentum on radio for its British release. It became only her third UK single at the time to peak outside the top-ten when it stalled at #16 in its first charting week. It fared better in Finland and Italy, however, reaching #6 in both countries.

December 25: Four Rooms is released in US. The film features Madonna as Elspeth in the first segment of the film, The Missing Ingredient, directed by Allison Anders.

The film’s tagline:

Twelve outrageous guests. Four scandalous requests. And one lone bellhop, in his first day on the job, who’s in for the wildest New year’s Eve of his life.

Here’s how Rotten Tomatoes describes the film:

Four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for this episodic comedy. Ted (Tim Roth) is the new bellboy at a beautiful but decaying luxury hotel; he is not having a good time of it on New Year’s Eve, his first night on the job. In one room, a coven of witches are trying to summon the spirit of the goddess Diana; each of the witches must bring a different bodily fluid for their spell to work, but Eva (Ione Skye), who was supposed to bring semen, managed to lose her supplies, and needs Ted’s help for a last-minute replacement. Another room, where Ted was supposed to deliver some ice, turns out to house an angry husband (David Proval), who is holding his bound-and-gagged wife (Jennifer Beals) at gunpoint. A third room is taken by a tough-talking gangster (Antonio Banderas), his doormat wife (Tamlyn Tomita), and their two children; the gangster demands that Ted watch over the kids, who turn out to be mischievous terrors beyond Ted’s wildest imagination. And room number four is where an arrogant film actor (Quentin Tarantino) is holding a party. One of his guests makes a bet that he can get a Zippo lighter to light ten times in a row, with his finger at stake if he loses. Allison Anders directed the first segment, which also featured Madonna, Valeria Golino, and Lili Taylor. The second segment was directed by Alexandre Rockwell, husband of his frequent leading lady Jennifer Beals. Robert Rodriguez directed the third story, while the finale was directed by its star, Quentin Tarantino; the final segment also features Bruce Willis, who appeared unbilled.

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January: Madonna Interview : Spin (January 1996)

January 2: The trial of Robert Hoskins begins at the Criminal Courts Building, Los Angeles, CA; Madonna's lawyer, Nicholas DeWitt, files a motion to seek approval from the court that she videotape her testimony, but it is rejected by Judge Jacqueline Connor who orders Madonna to testify in court.
January 3: Madonna appears at the Criminal Courts Building, Los Angeles, CA in Courtroom 116 to testify against Robert Hoskins.
January 6: "Oh Father" hits UK #16.

January 6: You’ll See peaked at #10 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart in the U.S.

With the help of the single’s Spanish version, Verás, the song would also reach #21 in Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks chart several weeks later, on January 20th.

January 8: * (8) Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on 5 charges of assault, stalking and threatening to kill Madonna.
January 11: Madonna is #1 on Mr. Blackwell's 36th annual list of the best-dressed women of 1995.
January 12: Four Rooms is released nationwide.

January 15: Madonna appeared on the cover of People magazine, with the title: Madonna faces down her stalker in court.

Here’s an excerpt from the issue:

At first glance, it looked like any other Madonna-centric media event, with scrambling news crews and ogling fans swarming around her black limousine. But as soon as she entered courtroom 116 in the L.A. Criminal Courts Building on Jan. 3, it became clear that this was no ordinary Madonna performance. Inside, a jury listened intently as the normally flamboyant singer, 37, dressed with subdued elegance in a black, knee-length suit, soberly delivered testimony against a 38-year-old drifter accused of stalking and threatening to kill her. “He was there to take me away; he wanted me to be his wife,” she said in measured tones. “If he couldn’t have me [he told my secretary], he would slit my throat, from ear to ear.”

Madonna’s hour-long testimony may bring to some kind of conclusion an unsettling series of events that began when Robert Dewey Hoskins was first found hanging around the singer’s Hollywood Hills estate. Hoskins showed up at Madonna’s home last April 7, jumping a security wall before being ejected from the 3.5-acre grounds by a private guard. (Madonna was not home at the time.) Returning from a bike ride with her personal trainer the following day, Madonna encountered Hoskins at her gate. “He looked homeless, dirty; his clothes were wrinkled, and he had a crazy look in his eyes,” she testified. His stare, she said, was “creepy…deranged. It was scary.” Hoskins said nothing but left a note that said, “I love you. You will be my wife for keeps.”

The appearances by Hoskins were unsettling enough, Madonna says, to persuade her to sell the estate, once the home of gangster Bugsy Siegel. Seven weeks later, while Madonna was in Florida, where she also owns a home, Hoskins was back, this time carrying a four-inch wooden heart with the oddly misspelled inscription “Love To My Wife Madnna.”

January 17: Madonna accepts an award for David Bowie, who is unable to attend his induction into the 11th annual Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, NY.

During her speech, Madonna described how as a “normal, dysfunctional, rebellious teenager from the Midwest,” a David Bowie concert in June 1974 at Cobo Arena in Detroit changed her life for good:

“I don’t think that I breathed for two hours. It was the most amazing show that I’d ever seen, not just because the music was great, but because it was great theater. Here’s this beautiful, androgynous man, just being so perverse … as David Byrne so beautifully put it … so unconventional, defying logic and basically blowing my mind. Anyway, I came home a changed woman, as you can see, and my father was not sleeping and he knew exactly where I went, and he grounded me for the rest of the summer. But it was worth every minute that I sat and suffered in my house that summer.”

January 18: Something To Remember is certified 1x platinum (1 million units).
January 20: Madonna arrives in Buenos Aires, Argentina to begin film production on Evita.

January 20: Madonna’s You’ll See re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 at #10.

The lead single from Madonna’s Something To Remember ballads collection debuted at #8 on December 8, peaked at #6 on December 16, and in the following weeks fell to #9, #11, #12, #11 and then climbed back to #10.

Larry Flick had this to say about You’ll See:

Foster’s flair for musical melodrama inspires Madonna to turn in what is easily her most assured and full-bodied vocal performance to date. Amid a swirl of strings and Spanish guitars, she spews the song’s declaration of romantic independence with a theatrical verve that perfectly matches the stagey, potentially overpowering tone of Foster’s arrangement without flying over the heads of her youthful top 40 following. A stunning effort that could easily become the ‘I Will Survive’ of this generation.

January 25: Madonna receives death threats from Argentine conservatives who are enraged and insulted that she is playing Eva Peron in Evita; since her arrival in Argentina, over 50 walls throughout the city have been spray-painted with the words: Viva Evita! Fuera Madonna! (Long Live Evita! Get Out, Madonna!).

February: Madonna Interview : Cosmopolitan (February 1996)

February 2: WB reports the next single from the retrospective will be “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” Street date for the single is March 12 but there is some debate since Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans also recently recorded a version of this 1970’s Rose Royce hit (for Faith’s Bad Boy album) and their cover has been getting some unsolicited play at R&B stations. Meanwhile, some overseas markets will get “One More Chance.”

February 6: Madonna and the cast of Evita attend a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
February 13: Madonna begins filming Evita, co-starring Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail, directed by Alan Parker.
February 16: The commercial single for “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” is set for release March 12 and will include a remix by Soulshock & Karlin who have worked with Tupac, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Seal, Brandy, Toni Braxton and Brownstone.

"The LP has currently sold 240,000 copies in Chinese-speaking Taiwan, no easy feat – even for a Western superstar." (unsubstantiated statement from the MLVC mailing list)

February 24: Madonna is the centre of a controversy when animal-rights group PETA places a full-page advertisement in Billboard magazine as an attack on her for promoting bullfighting in "Take A Bow" and "You'll See" videos. February 24 1996, Madonna was at the centre of a controversy when animal-rights group PETA placed a full-page ad in Billboard magazine as an attack on her for promoting bullfighting in the Take A Bow and You’ll See music videos.

February 26: WB reports Jean Baptiste Mondino will direct the new video.

February 27: "You'll See" single is certified gold (500,000 units).

March 4: Madonna is named Most Successful International Female Artist at the 5th annual Echo Awards in Hamburg, Germany.

March 4: Madonna’s Love Don’t Live Here Anymore music video was shot at the Confitería El Molino in Buenos Aires, Argentina, during her day off from filming Evita.

The music video was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, who worked with Madonna on her videos for Open Your Heart, Justify My Love and Human Nature.

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore was released as the fourth single from the Something to Remember ballads collection.

In her Evita diaries, published by Vanity Fair magazine in 1996, Madonna made reference to the video shoot:

“There are no words to describe the weariness I feel today. I have not slept well in days, and when I do, there is no comfort. My dreams are violent and full of betrayal. Like my life, there’s no escape. I feel the responsibility of this film. I cannot talk about Evita and her life without defending myself … Dear God, what have I gotten myself into? What is happening to me? Today we went to shoot a music video for my next song. But I kept forgetting the lyrics, and felt like crying each and every time I did it. It was so frustrating. It’s my own song!”

March 7: One More Chance single was released as the second single in Australia and Japan, and the third single in several European countries, from her ballads collection, Something to Remember. March 7, 1996, One More Chance, the second single from Madonna’s ballads compilation Something to Remember was released.  The single was not released in North America.  One More Chance was written and produced by both Madonna and David Foster.

One More Chance was written and produced by Madonna and David Foster. Foster initially did not expect Madonna would collaborate with him, as he believed that his music was not “really hip enough for her.” Madonna and Foster worked on the song during the writing and recording session for Something to Remember, in the third weekend of September 1995.

The song received positive response from music critics, who praised its musical simplicity and Madonna’s vocal delivery.  Since Madonna was busy filming the Evita, the song received little promotion and no accompanying music video.

The Spanish version of You’ll See, titled Verás, appeared as the B-side of the single release.

March 9: * "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (a remixed version of 1978 Rose Royce song originally recorded by Madonna in 1984 on Like A Virgin album) is released as a US single.

March 10: Madonna lip-synchs "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" for a scene in Evita before a crowd of 2,000 extras on the balcony of the Casa Rosada, the same location where the late Eva Peron addressed her people 50 years earlier.
March 10: WB reports that the video for “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” was shot last week in Argentina where Madonna is shooting Evita. The label also reported it is not going to solicite adds for the record at U.S. radio until March 25.

March 11: "One More Chance" is released as a UK single.

March 19: Madonna’s cover of Rose Royce’s Love Don’t Live Here Anymore was released as the fourth single from her Something To Remember greatest ballads collection.

The song originally appeared on the Like A Virgin album.

The idea to cover the song was Michael Ostin’s (head of the A&R department at Warner Bros. Records).

In author Warren Zane’s book Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records, the First 50 Years, he recalled:

“I had the good fortune of finding material that Madonna really responded to, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore for instance, which was the old Rose Royce record. I was driving into work one day and heard it on the radio, I called producer Nile Rodgers and Madonna, they were in the studio. I said, ‘I have an idea, you know the old Rose Royce record, ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore‘? Why don’t you try and record a version of it for Like a Virgin?” Initially both Rodgers and Madonna were apprehensive of tackling an already well-known ballad, but in the last minute they decided that if Madonna wanted to bring diversity to the album, there could be no better song than ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’.

March 21: MTV premieres the video for “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” Madonna wears a dress by Victor Alfaro – a designer well-known for his “Grace Kelly”-style clothing.

March 22: Robert Hoskins is sentenced to 10-years in jail for stalking and threatening to kill Madonna.

March 22: Girl 6 was released in the US.

Girl 6 is an American film by director Spike Lee about a phone sex operator. Madonna has a cameo in the film, as a strip club/phone sex owner.

Girl 6 earned mostly mixed-to-negative reviews during its release.

The film was not a box office success.

March 22: Madonna, back in NYC briefly from Argentina before she heads to Europe to finish Evita, does a small radio station interview-tour to promote the new single “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.”
March 23: "One More Chance" hits UK #11. It dropped to number 29 in its second week.

March 24: Madonna won a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress in Four Rooms at the 16th annual Golden Raspberry Awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Academy Room, Los Angeles, CA.

April 1: "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" video premieres on VH1.

April 13: Madonna’s One More Chance peaked at number 50 on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.

One More Chance was released in Japan and Australia (as the second single from Something To Remember) and in the UK and select European countries (as the third single from the ballads collection).

The single was released while Madonna was filming Evita, so it received minimal promotion.  A clips video containing snippets from the Rain, You’ll See, I Want You, Take A Bow and La Isla Bonita music videos was released to MTV.

A fold-out poster bag CD was released and contained the following tracks:

One More Chance

You’ll See (Spanish Version)

You’ll See (Spanglish Version)


April 13:Madonna’s future manager, Caresse Norman called gossip columnist, Liz Smith, and confirmed the news that Madonna was pregnant with her first child.

Liz Smith’s article was published in newspapers around the world the next day.

“Surprise, surprise, the stork couldn’t wait. The happy news from Budapest has just arrived — that Madonna is indeed pregnant.”

Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, told Liz Smith in a follow-up call:

“Madonna doesn’t want this to be a big thing, though I don’t know how she thinks it won’t be a big deal. But she is deliriously happy, and so is everybody close to her. I hate to resort to a cliche, especially about Madonna, but she is just radiant!”

April 16: Madonna announces she is 4-months pregnant by her 29-year-old boyfriend and personal trainer, Carlos Leon.

April 26: Madonna has given the go-ahead for a dance remix of “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” and WB will be servicing it to radio and clubs next weekend. The single is also slated to be the next European release and WB has sent promo copies to radio stations there with 4 new remixes. (MLVC mailing list)

April 29,30: Madonna is interviewed by Bryant Gumbel on NBC-TV's Today.

May 3: Madonna continues film production on Evita at Shepperton Studios in London, England.
May 4: Warner Bros. International reports that as of January 1996, Something to Remember had sold 4.2 million copies outside of the U.S. (Billboard)

May 6: dance remixes of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore by Markus Schulz & C.L. McSpadden were released to clubs by Maverick Records on promotional twelve-inch vinyl & CD in the U.S.

Additional club remixes of the track by Mark Picchiotti were also issued in the U.K. as a twelve-inch white-label promo.

May 11: Billboard DANCE TRAX: Madonna's take on the Rose Royce chestnut "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) sure has gotten its share of recent remixes. Although we are still feeling most connected to the languid R&B tone of the SoulShock & Karlin version, we sure were grinning from ear to ear after our first encounter with Marcus Schulz's bumpin' house mixes.

He has done an excellent job pairing her sweetly theatrical ballad vocal with an appropriately NRG-etic beat that is embellished with vibrant organ lines and blippy synth effects. When combined, these keyboard lines add up to a very pastel, tea-dance-ready twirler. His five mixes lean largely toward the middle of the club road, though harder heads should investigate the Early Morning dub for a little underground comfort. Schulz's interpretations of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" are out on promotional 12-inch and CD promos on Monday (May 6). Release beyond clubs and radio is still under discussion. Sure would be wise to give La M's many dance-rooted disciples a chance to purchase this cutie.

Track listing for the 12”:

• A1 - Extended Journey 8:03

• A2 - Hot Mix Edit 6:44

• B1 - Hot Mix Radio Edit 4:50

• B2 - Edge Factor Dub 8:31

• B3 - Early Morning Dub 10:04

May 15: The maxi-single featuring dance remixes of "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" is scheduled to be released May 28th in the U.S.

May 18: "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" hits US #78.
May 20:  "Take A Bow" is honored as one of the Most Performed Songs Of 1995 at the 13th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA.
May 28: Madonna completes filming Evita in London, England after 84-days of production and a $60 million budget.

June: Warner Bros. ends up cancelling the U.S. domestic release of the maxi-single for "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" due to the song’s poor showing on the radio chart.

June 11: Blue In The Face is released on home video.
June 13: A New Madonna: The Making Of Evita special (hosted by Kurt Loder) premieres on MTV.

June 24:Madonna’s cover of Rose Royce’s Love Don’t Live Here Anymorepeaked at #24 on the Canadian Top 100 Singles chart, which was then tabulated by RPM – Canada’s long-running music industry publication that folded in the year 2000.

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore was Madonna’s only fully promoted North American single to not be issued commercially in any physical format in Canada until the release of 4 Minutes in 2008, by which point Warner Music Canada had ceased domestic production of physical singles and maxi-singles altogether (2006’s Jump CD maxi-single was the last). Considering this distinction, the song managed to perform respectably well on the Canadian Singles chart based on airplay alone. In the U.S., where it was available commercially on CD-single, cassette-single and 7″ single, it only manged to climb to #78 on Billboard’s Hot 100, becoming her lowest charting single to date at the time (excluding her first two singles, neither of which charted on the Hot 100).

July: Warner Bros. says "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" and 3 all-new dance mixes by Italian DJ Mark Picchiotti will be released later this month in the U.K. on a 12” single. He is an extremely hot remixer in Europe right now and he reportedly did some promo mixes with Teri Bristol for “Bedtime Story – Chapter II” in 1995.

• Mark!s Full-On Vocal (10:20)

• Mark!s It’s A Girl Dub (8:02)

• Mark!s It’s A Boy Dub (9:37)

It’s apparently his “trademark” to use exclamation points for apostrophes in his remix titles. The U.K. promo pressing has a limit of 500. Whereas the U.S. remixes are more “lush house,” these remixes have been described as “trancey” or “slightly industrial.” (MLVC mailing list)

July 8: Madonna appeared on the cover of People magazine in a feature called, Bringing Up Babies: As Clocks Tick and Instincts Prevail, Stars Single and Married are Heeding the Nesting Urge.

July 16: Four Rooms is released on home video.
July 18: Madonna makes a special appearance to introduce a live performance by Me'Shell NdegeOcello at the 9th annual Commitment To Life benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA.

July 28: The U.S. 12” vinyl promo only had 1,000 copies made and is now a collector’s item because WB scratched the maxi-single release.

July 30: Adrian Wilde receives a single MTV VMA nomination for Best Cinematography in a video for “You’ll See.” [He will end up losing to the Smashing Pumpkins’ clip for “Tonight, Tonight.”]

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August 6: Madonna and brother-in-law Joe Henry contribute a remake of "Guilty By Association" to Vic Chesnutt tribute CD Sweet Relief II: Gravity Of The Situation - The Songs Of Vic Chesnutt. Girl 6 is released on home video.

August 6: Madonna and brother-in-law Joe Henry contributed a cover of Guilty By Association to the Vic Chesnutt tribute CD Sweet Relief II: Gravity Of The Situation – The Songs Of Vic Chesnutt.

August 12: Madonna appeared on the cover of French magazine Tele K7.

August 31: Madonna’s Take A Bow spent its 38th and final week on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrent chart in the USA at #9.

Madonna Interview : Vogue (October 1996)

October 8: Madonna’s You Must Love Me music video premiered on MTV.

You Must Love Me was released by Warner Bros. as the first single from the Evita soundtrack.  The song was written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997.

Madonna filmed the music video for You Must Love Me on 31 August 1996 in California, while she was eight months pregnant with her daughter Lourdes. Madonna stood behind a piano to hide her pregnancy.

October 14: Madonna gives birth to a 6-lb, 9-oz girl, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA.

October 15: Madonna appeared on the cover of the New York Post, with the caption:

It’s a girl! Healthy 6lb. 9oz. BABY

Lourdes was born the previous day – you can read about @

October 18: Madonna’s greatest ballads collection, Something To Remember was certified 2x platinum (2 million units) in the USA.


October 22: Madonna’s You Must Love Me (the lead single from Evita) reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

October 27: Madonna’s You Must Love Me (the lead single from Evita) was released.

Kathleen Guerdo’s review for Billboard:

“Madonna delivers what is by far one of the strongest vocal performances of her career, comfortably scaling to the song’s demanding soprano heights while infusing it with delicate, heart-rending emotion. This bodes well for the creative potency of the rest of the soundtrack, which is due Nov. 14. Prepare for wall-to-wall airplay of this flawless ballad on pop and AC radio.”

October 28: Madonna was featured on the cover of People Magazine.  The story focused on the birth of her first child, Lourdes Maria Ciccone.

Labor of Love

After 12 Exhausting Hours, Madonna Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Girl Lourdes Maria Ciccone.

IT IS A WONDERFUL TIME FOR A woman, that moment when she realizes a new life is within her, stirring, growing, forcing her to think about eventually removing her gold belly-button ring. For Madonna, that revelation came in Buenos Aires last March during the shoot for the musical Evita, when she learned that, after years of talking on the Late Show with David Letterman and in similar intimate venues about trying to get pregnant, she was finally tangoing for two.

Delighted but already feeling protective of her unborn child, she at first spoke of the situation only to her sister, her personal trainer and, of course, to the baby’s father, Carlos Leon. But secrets about Madonna seldom stay kept. By the time she checked into Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles last week, there were tofu merchants in Bali who knew she was leaning away from a C-section, and the paparazzi, like contractions, were arriving every few minutes.

It was not an easy birth. Madonna’s labor began at 3:30 a.m. last Monday morning. Leon and the singer’s sister Melanie Henry, a musicians’ manager in Los Angeles, were with her through the night. But by noon the next day the only thing that had arrived was an intense hunger. “Ugh,” said Madonna, 38, from her bed in the labor room. “I just want some french fries from McDonald’s.”

Her Plan A had been to have natural childbirth with the soundtrack of a romantic 1988 Alan Rudolph film called The Moderns playing. By 3:30 Monday afternoon, however, Madonna was still in pain but showing no signs of progress, and her doctor suggested a cesarean. She reluctantly agreed and soon found herself heavily sedated and being wheeled toward the delivery room. “Goodbye, everyone,” she said. “I’m going to get my nose job now.”

From that point on, things proceeded smoothly. Her daughter, weighing 6 lbs. 9 ozs. and sporting a full head of black hair just like her father’s, was born at 4:01 p.m. No, the baby’s name is not Lola—one of the many false rumors preceding the birth. Madonna had said she needed to see her child before coming up with a proper name—and after taking one look, she pronounced the girl Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon. No hyphen, no worries, no doubt about it. “This is,” Madonna told PEOPLE, “the greatest miracle of my life.”

Leon, meanwhile, seemed just as ecstatic when he stepped out of the delivery room moments after the birth. “She’s the most beautiful baby!” he said, grinning broadly, to a group that included Madonna’s manager Caresse Norman, publicist Liz Rosenberg and several friends and personal security guards. Later, Leon was seen blissfully wandering the corridors in a T-shirt reading, “I Got My First Hug at Good Samaritan Hospital.”

For a woman who once published a picture book called Sex and scandalized millions by simulating masturbation onstage, Madonna has segued into this current stage of her life quite smoothly. Over the last few months, photos of her showed a face that was fuller and more serene. She had been sonogrammed (It’s a girl!), steeped in Dr. Spock et al (“Which baby book haven’t I read?”), and baby-showered by Rosie O’Donnell and their mutual pals (“The whole world wants to give me advice”). True, in what seemed a classic Madonna touch, her pediatrician turned out to be Paul Fleiss, father of Hollywood madam Heidi. Yet Madonna herself has lately exuded a maternal glow, and the idea of her executing pelvic thrusts anywhere outside a Lamaze class seemed, for the moment, unthinkable.

Certainly she approached maternity in mature fashion. “We talked about having children while we were making A League of Their Own,” says Rosie O’Donnell. “Both of us lost our mothers at an early age, and so being a mom was important to us.” After Evita wrapped in May, Madonna, who was 5 when her mother died, put her pink Hollywood Hills mansion on the market and bought a more baby-friendly, single-story house in lower profile Los Feliz. For a while, the nursery has been ready for its raison d’être. The room, decorated in soft florals, has a crib and a changing table piled high with stuffed animals—some given to her, some purchased, then tossed on the heap. Says Madonna’s younger brother, video director Christopher Ciccone: “There’s a certain serenity in her newfound chaos.”

There has also been much joy. “She’s been in a great mood,” says her trainer Ray Kybartas. The first time she felt the baby kick, in May, Madonna says, “I felt like laughing out loud.” During the amniocentesis that same month, “she was very emotional,” says manager Norman. “When Madonna watched the monitor and saw the needle go in, there may have even been a tear on her cheek.”

Until labor started, Madonna says, she had a relatively easy nine months. She never had morning sickness, and except for a craving for poached eggs in her fourth month, she didn’t have much trouble adhering to her usual low-fat diet. As for working out, she did an almost daily hour of aerobics and some weight training with Kybartas, who adds that “we also did a lot of stretching, especially leg work that would help her in the delivery room.” In her last month, she cut back from six sessions a week to three.

One part of her life she hasn’t phased out is Leon, 30, the handsome personal trainer and aspiring actor she met while running in Central Park two years ago. Despite reports of their breakup, the pair are living together, though Madonna dodges the question of how involved Leon will be in raising their child. “He is definitely in the picture,” says publicist Rosenberg.

Madonna lately has displayed a strong sense of family. Two weeks ago she had dinner at her home with Leon, Christopher, sister Melanie and her 6-year-old son Levon. Afterward she did something that one relative says he hasn’t seen her do in years: the dishes. Now that she’s a mother, she has no plans beyond doting on her baby. Because of problems with a stalker last year, Madonna says she won’t be releasing a baby picture soon and “I won’t be doing anything in public with my daughter until she’s much older.”

Rosie O’Donnell assured her life will be different. “I told her,” she says, “it’s going to change her in the best possible way.” With Lourdes Maria on her hip, Madonna’s wants are few. “I just can’t wait,” she says laughingly, “to wear anything with a waistline.”

Written by Todd Gold


October 28: Madonna interview : People (October 28 1996)

October 29: "You Must Love Me" single (from Evita) is released.


November: Madonna’s Evita Diaries : Vanity Fair

November 9: Madonna’s You Must Love Me debuted at #24 on the Adult Contemporary Billboard chart in the USA.

November 9: the EVITA soundtrack debuted at #7 on the UK albums chart.

Director Alan Parker had this to say about working with Madonna on EVITA:

“The hardest work that anyone had to do was obviously done by Madonna. She had the lion’s share of the piece, singing as she does on almost every track. Many of the songs were comfortably within her range, but much of the score was in a range where her voice had never ventured before. Also, she was determined to sing the score as it was written and not to cheat in any way”.

November 12: Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack 2-CD set is released.
November 15: Madonna appears via telephone call from Rosie O'Donnell on CBS-TV's The Rosie O'Donnell Show.

November 16: Madonna’s You Must Love Me debuted at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. You Must Love Me was the first single released from the EVITAsoundtrack. The track was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Jay’s Note: The success of this single is proof that Madonna’s power over radio and sales was un-stoppable. Imagine a song like this becoming a hit at radio and retail today? Not possible!

November 18: Something To Remember is certified 2x platinum (2 million units).

November 18: In the United Kingdom, Something to Remember debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart on November 18, 1995. It dropped to number four in its second and third week, spending twelve consecutive weeks in the top ten before falling to number 11 on February 2, 1996. The album was certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 900,000 copies. In Germany, the album reached number two on the Media Control Charts for two weeks and was certified platinum by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) for shipping 500,000 copies. The album also reached the top ten of the charts in other European countries and peaked at number one in Austria, Finland and Italy, where it shipped more than 500,000 copies according to the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (FIMI). Its commercial success in the continent allowed the album to peak at number three on the European Top 100 Albums chart. It was certified triple platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for selling over three million copies across Europe.

November 23: "You Must Love Me" hits US #18.

November 25: In the United States, Something to Remember debuted and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 chart on the issue date of November 25, 1995. It stayed on the chart for 34 weeks and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of three million units. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 2,102,000 copies as of December 2016. This figure does not include sales from clubs, such as BMG Music Club where the album sold an additional 179,000 copies. In Canada, the album entered the RPM Albums Chart at number two on November 20, 1995. The album held the top ten position for eight consecutive weeks before descending to number 12 on January 29, 1996. It stayed on the chart for 26 weeks, and was certified double platinum by the Music Canada (MC) for shipments of 200,000 copies. The album also performed well in other North American market such as Mexico, where it was certified platinum by Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas (AMPROFON) for shipments of 250,000 copies.

The album was also well received commercially in Asia-Pacific territories. In Japan, the album peaked at number nine on the Oricon Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for shipping 400,000 copies. In Australia, the album debuted at number two on November 19, 1995 and topped the record chart the following week. It stayed on the top 50 for 19 weeks and received quadruple platinum award from the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 280,000 copies. It also became a top-ten album in New Zealand, peaking at number eight, and was certified platinum by the Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ) for shipments of 15,000 copies. Overall, the album has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. With the commercial success it achieved, Something to Remember set a trend of releasing ballad albums afterward, such as the 1996 albums Love Songs by Elton John and If We Fall in Love Tonight by Rod Stewart


November 30: In the United States, Evita debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 chart for the issue dated November 30, 1996. It was the first entry on the chart for a "broadway musical transitioned into film soundtrack" since Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture in 1978. The soundtrack fell to number 28 the next week, before beginning to rise again when the film was released into theaters. Within five weeks it crept back into the top-ten of the Billboard 200 and for the issue dated February 8, 1997, reached a peak of number two on the chart. This was spurred by Madonna winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Sales increased by 17.5% to 122,000 sold for that week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It remained there for two weeks, being kept from topping the chart by No Doubt's album Tragic Kingdom, which only had an 8% sales decline to 143,000 copies.

Evita was present for a total of 30 weeks on the Billboard 200, and ranked at number 26 on the year-end chart. Along with the Billboard 200, Evita reached the top of the Soundtracks Albums chart. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the soundtrack quintuple platinum, for shipment of 2.5 million copies across the country. As of December 2016, the album had sold 2,025,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single-disc edition of the soundtrack charted separately on the Billboard 200, reaching a peak of number 167.

In Canada, Evita debuted at number 27 on the RPM Top Albums/CDs chart. It reached a peak of number five on the chart, and stayed for a total of 27 weeks. The single-disc edition also charted separately, reaching a peak of number 91. In Australia, the soundtrack debuted on the ARIA Charts at number six. After fluctuating down the charts for the next few weeks, it climbed into the top-ten in March 1997, and peaked at number five. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified the two-disc edition as gold and the singe-disc edition as platinum for shipment of 35,000 and 70,000 copies respectively. The soundtrack had a similar trajectory in New Zealand, where it peaked at number six on the albums chart, and was present for a total of 18 weeks. The Recorded Music New Zealand (RMNZ) certified it platinum, for shipment of 15,000 copies.

Evita debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart and ended up reaching the top of the charts in February 1997, becoming Madonna's fifth number one album in the country. It was present on the chart for a total of 44 weeks and ranked at number 23 on the year-end chart. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it double platinum for shipment of 600,000 copies. It has sold 733,000 copies as of January 2018 according to the Official Charts Company. Across Europe, Evita reached the top of the charts in Austria, Belgium (both Flanders and Wallonia), Scotland and Switzerland, as well as top-ten in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Its performance across the European markets resulted in the soundtrack reaching the top of the pan-European Top 100 Albums chart. According to Carol Clerk's book Madonnastyle, the soundtrack has sold a total of 11 million copies worldwide.

December 3: "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" video premieres on VH1.

December 4: Madonna was honoured with the Artist Achievement Award at the 7th annual Billboard Music Awards at the Aladdin Hotel Theatre For The Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This was Madonna’s first public appearance since the birth of her daughter Lourdes.

December 5: The Making of Evita book was released.

The introduction was written by Madonna.  Director Alan Parker wrote about the the trials, tribulations and triumphs he and the cast endured to bring the musical to the big screen.

Here’s an excerpt from Alan Parker’s essay on the making of Evita:

For fifteen years I watched as the film of Evita was about to be made, and the various press releases were printed in the media. I have been furnished with the various news clippings from those years, and would first like to mention the stars that would supposedly be starring in the film. They include: Elaine Paige, Patti LuPone, Charo, Raquel Welch, Ann-Margret, Bette Midler, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Diane Keaton, Olivia Newton-John, Elton John, John Travolta, Pia Zadora, Meat Loaf, Elliott Gould, Sylvester Stallone, Barry Gibb, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Jeremy Irons, Raul Julia and Michelle Pfeiffer. And then there were the directors: Ken Russell, Herb Ross, Alan Pakula, Hector Babenco, Francis Coppola, Franco Zeffirelli, Michael Cimino, Richard Attenborough, Glenn Gordon Caron and Oliver Stone.

So why didn’t it get made until now? And with none of the individuals mentioned above? I’m sure I don’t know. All I do know is that all those years, I sort of regretted saying no to Robert in that dusty street. So I was glad that everything came full circle when I was asked to make the film again by Robert Stigwood and Andy Vajna at the end of 1994.

When I began work on the film, the incumbent actress to play Evita was Michelle Pfeiffer. She had waited such a long time to do the film that she had even had a baby in the meantime. I met with Michelle, whom I greatly admire, and it was clear that with two small children she wasn’t about to embark on the long Lewis and Clark journey I had in mind—a long way from the comfort of nearby Hollywood sound stages. While spending Christmas in England in 1994, I received out of the blue a letter from Madonna. (I had developed a remake of The Blue Angel with her some years previously, but it had bitten the Hollywood dust.) Her handwritten, four-page letter was extraordinarily passionate and sincere. As far as she was concerned, no one could play Evita as well as she could, and she said that she would sing, dance and act her heart out, and put everything else on hold to devote all her time to it should I decide to go with her. And that’s exactly what she did do. (Well, she didn’t put everything on hold, as she did get pregnant before we finished filming).

You can watch a making of Evita documentary from Alan Parker’s official website.@

December 7: You Must Love Me spent its final week on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart.

The song spent a total of six weeks on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, peaking at #23 during the week of November 23rd.

December 11: Madonna Interview : USA Today (December 11 1996)

December 12:  Madonna attended a press conference to promote EVITA at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California.

December 13: Madonna guests on CBS-TV's The Oprah Winfrey Show.
December 14: Madonna attends the world premiere of Evita at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA.
December 16:  Madonna is profiled on NBC-TV's Access Hollywood and is also featured in an interview on ABC-TV's Entertainment Tonight.
December 17:  Madonna is interviewed on CTV's Canada A.M.

December 17:  Vanessa Feltz interviewed Madonna for Big Breakfast TV Show
December 18:  Madonna arrives in London, England to begin her world tour of Evita premieres.
December 19:  Madonna attends the premiere of Evita at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square in London, England.

Madonna wore Versace to the event.



December 20:  Madonna attends the premiere of Evita at the Cinema Etoile in Rome, Italy.

December 21: Madonna’s You Must Love Me (the lead single from EVITA) spent its final week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Airplay Chart in the USA. The hit single spent a total of 9 weeks on the chart.

Peter Keough of the Boston Phoenix had this to say about the song:

“You Must Love Me is an aching farewell that dispels the illusion of a romance-of-convenience to reveal the inescapable love and tragedy beneath”.

December 23: Madonna completes her world tour of Evita premieres in Madrid, Spain and returns home to US for the Christmas holidays.
December 25: EVITA was given a limited released in New York and Los Angeles.

Wide release for the film followed on January 10, 1997.

Critic Zach Conner commented:

“It’s a relief to say that EVITA is pretty damn fine, well-cast, and handsomely visualized. Madonna once again confounds our expectations. She plays Evita with a poignant weariness and has more than just a bit of star quality. Love or hate Madonna-Eva, she is a magnet for all eyes.”

Newsweek ’s David Ansen wrote:

“It’s gorgeous. It’s epic. It’s spectacular. But two hours later, it also proves to be emotionally impenetrable.”

December 29: Evita grosses $334,440 during its Christmas holiday release in New York and Los Angeles.
December 30: Madonna is named one of the "25 Most Intriguing People In The World For 1996" by People magazine.


December: Madonna interviewed for France2 TV Show Deja Demanche

December: Madonna interviewed for Japanese TV Show Super Morning

December: Madonna interviewed for The Early Show




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January 3:
Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon is baptized at St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, Miami, FL. Evita is released in 20 US cities.
January 5: Evita hits #20 at the US box-office with $2.22 million during its limited weekend release.

January 6: Madonna Interview : Time International (January 06 1997)

January 9: Madonna guests on CBS-TV's The Rosie O'Donnell Show.
January 9,10: Madonna is featured in a 2-part interview with Matt Lauer on NBC-TV's Today.

January 10: Evita is released nationwide.
January 12: Evita hits #2 at the US box-office with $8.4 million on its nationwide opening weekend (704 theatres).
January 13: Madonna is interviewed on CBS-TV's This Morning.
January 14: Madonna is #3 on Mr. Blackwell's 37th annual list of the best-dressed women of 1996.
January 15: Evita wins Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy at the 1st annual Golden Satellite Awards in Los Angeles, CA.
January 19: Madonna wins Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy in Evita at the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA; Evita wins Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy and "You Must Love Me" wins Best Original Song, Motion Picture (Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice).

January 19: Madonna interviewed on Entertainment Tonight

January 24: Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack is certified 1x platinum (1 million units).

January 25:Madonna’s You Must Love Me peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart.


February 1: The Complete Motion Picture Soundtrack peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S. Meanwhile across the pond, the soundtrack simultaneously shot to the #1 position on the UK album chart. It had initially peaked at #6 in the U.S. and at #7 in the U.K. upon release in November, 1996.

The surge in sales was largely attributed to the film’s wide release in January and the heavy promotional push that accompanied it, along with the interest generated by the soundtrack’s second single, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.

February 11: "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" (from Evita) is released as a maxi-single in US.
February 16: Madonna makes a special appearance at Elizabeth Taylor's 65th birthday party at The Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.

February 24: Happy Birthday Elizabeth: A Celebration Of Life premieres on ABC-TV.
March 1: "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" hits US #8.
March 3: Madonna is named Most Successful International Female Artist at the 6th annual Echo Awards in Hamburg, Germany.
March 14: Madonna wins the American Moviegoer Award for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor in Evita.
March 18: "Another Suitcase In Another Hall" (from Evita) is released as a UK single.

March 24: Madonna performs "You Must Love Me" from Evita at the 69th annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA and it wins the Oscar for Best Original Song by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice.

March 24: Madonna’s version of Another Suitcase In Another Hall  was released as the third and final single from the Evita soundtrack.

The single was only available in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and a small number of European countries.

The lyrics for Another Suitcase In Another Hall were written by Tim Rice, with the music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

A music video was released to promote the single.  The video was the actual performance sequence

March 25: Madonna performed You Must Love Me at the 68th Academy Awards. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Kathleen Guerdo from Billboard said that “Madonna delivers what is by far one of the strongest vocal performances of her career, comfortably scaling to the song’s demanding soprano heights while infusing it with delicate, heart-rending emotion.”

March 29: "Another Suitcase In Another Hall" hits UK #7.
April 8: Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack is certified 2x platinum (2 million units).
April 19: Madonna is featured in a special pre-taped video at the 10th annual Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, CA.

April 19: Madonna’s You Must Love Me spent its final week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Single Sales chart, after peaking at #14 on January 25 1997.

April 27: Evita has grossed $49 million US and a global total of $140.9 million.
April 29: Madonna contributes "Freedom" (recorded in 1994) to the Rainforest Foundation benefit CD Carnival!
May 15: Like A Prayer is named one of the "200 Best Albums Ever Made" by Rolling Stone magazine.

May 19: "You'll See" is honored as one of the Most Performed Songs Of 1996 at the 14th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA.
May 20: "Madonna: The Girlie Show - Live Down Under" (1994) is released on DVD.

May 26: Madonna appeared on the cover of People magazine as part of the “New Sexy Moms” feature.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Even Madonna, who moved a month before Lourdes’s birth from her Hollywood Hills mansion to a more baby-friendly one-story spread in a quieter neighborhood, is becoming downright strait-laced. “TV is poison,” saying that she would forbid Lourdes to watch it. “To be plopped in front of a television instead of being read to or talked to or encouraged to interact with other human beings is a huge mistake.”

June 28: Madonna attends the Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield heavyweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas, NV.
June 30: Madonna begins recording a new album with producer William Orbit at Larrabee Studios North, Los Angeles, CA.
July 12: For the week ending July 12 1997, the EVITA soundtrack enjoyed its final week on the Official UK Albums Chart.  After 36 weeks on the chart the hit film soundtrack sold 640,000 copies in the UK.

July 16:  Like A Prayer is certified 4x platinum (4 million units).
July 28: Madonna writes a one-page tribute to Time magazine in memory of the late Gianni Versace, who was murdered on July 15.

“I’m Going to Miss You Gianni” by Madonna : Time
July 29: Evita: Music From The Motion Picture CD (highlights from Evita soundtrack) is released in US.

July 29 1997, the Evita: Music From The Motion Picture CD (highlights from the Evita soundtrack) was released in North America.

August 5: Evita is released on home video.
August 19: "Buenos Aires" (from Evita) is released only to club DJs and radio stations in US to promote Evita on video.

Here is a full listing of the different mixes of Buenos Aires:

World Mix Edit
World Mix Edit – Shorter
Te Amo 12″ Extended Vocal Version
Te Amo 12″ Extended Instrumental Version
Te Amo 12″ TV Dub
Te Amo 12″ Acapella Version
Te Amo Single Edit
Te Amo Radio Version

August 23: Evita: Music from the Motion Picture (the highlights disc) debuted at #168 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in the USA.

The highlights disc included 19 tracks from the film, and was released on July 29 1997 in North America to help promote the home video release. The single disc was released in select markets around the world in 1996 at the same time as the double disc complete soundtrack, but not in North America.

Evita: The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack featured all 34 tracks from the film, and was released on November 12 1996.

The highlights disc didn’t perform very well in the late summer of 1997 because it was released a full 8 months after the original release. No single was released to radio to promote it, and most die-hard fans had already secured an imported version of the single disc soundtrack the previous year. Why it was released at all in July 1997 remains a mystery. Why the single-disc set wasn’t released in North America in November 1996 is a better question. Why not release the double-disc set (expensive) and the single disc set (average price of a CD at the time) and appeal to the largest possible group of consumers? That was the approach around the world, but not in North America, we can’t help but wonder why? – Jay

August 26: Truth Or Dare (1991) is released on DVD.
August 30: Evita: Music From The Motion Picture hits US #167.

September 3: In an interview with The London Times, Madonna speaks about the death of Princess Diana, who was killed in a car accident in Paris, France on Aug 31, 1997.

Madonna Interview : The Times (September 03 1997)

September 4: Madonna makes a special appearance to introduce a live performance by Prodigy at the 14th annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY.
September 8: Madonna attends a memorial service for Gianni Versace at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, NY.
September 9: A League Of Their Own (1992) is released on DVD.

October 03: Madonna on "Inside Madonna"

Madonna interviewed by Kurt Loder for MTV "Inside Madonna" TV Special at Larrabee Studios

November 1: Buenos Aires peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Club Play chart.

The promo-only set of remixes by Madonna, Pablo Flores & Javier Garza were serviced to clubs by Warner Bros. Records to promote the home video release of Evita. Produced in the summer of 1996 during the same sessions that yielded the hit remixes for Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, the percussion-heavy Buenos Aires club mixes again featured re-recorded vocals by Madonna and additional harmonies provided by Donna De Lory & Niki Haris.

November 1: "Buenos Aires" hits #3 on US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
November 3 Madonna attends Marc Jacobs fashion show at the opening of New York City's 7th On 6th annual Fashion Week.
November 13: Madonna, Tina Turner and Courtney Love are photographed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's 30th anniversary issue.

The photoshoot took place on October 21, and according to Madonna, the ladies had fun figuring out what music to listen to during the shoot:

“There was a bit of a skirmish over who was going to play what. We finally agreed that every other CD was mine and every other CD was Courtney’s and we sort of went back and forth. But the ultimate song that we ended up dancing to all the time was the MC stereo remix of the Tricky song, which is a very good song to dance to.”

Tina had this to say about working with Madonna and Courtney:

“It was like working with kids. You know I’ve always had Ikettes for dancers, so they were pretending a few times that they were my dancers. They had all kinds of pretence going on, but it was always built around me being the mother of the two in some kind of way. In terms of ‘Tina is this and we are that,’ and I was laughing the whole time, honestly. If the photograph comes out with me really laughing seriously, it was because of their reaction to each other. It was wonderful.”

December 8: Madonna attends the Gianni Versace tribute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, Manhattan, NY.

Madonna attended the Met Gala with Ingrid Casares, Donatella Versace and Cher.

The Met Gala (formerly called the Costume Institute Gala) is a fundraising benefit that serves as an opening celebration for the Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. Following the event, the exhibition runs for several months.

Each year the event has a theme, and includes a cocktail hour and a formal dinner. During the cocktail hour, guests arrive to walk on the red carpet, tour the years themed exhibition, and be seated before the dinner party that includes entertainment. The theme of the December 1997-March 1998 exhibition was Gianni Versace.


December 13-15: Madonna Interview : USA Weekend (December 13-15 1996)



March 10: "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" wins Favorite Song From A Movie (Evita) at the 4th annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA.



September: YouTube star Susan Boyle is set to cover Madonna's 1995 hit "You'll See" on her debut album due this fall. (UK Sun)



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The late 1995 Madonna ballads collection "Something To Rememeber"
   spawned the dance remixes for "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" which
   were issued to club DJ's at the promotional level, but not at
   retail. These are well liked by Madonna collectors, and additional
   ballads converted to dance anthems were expected to follow.
   Instead "Evita" took over, but not before dance mixes of the
   Marvin Gaye remake "I Want You" leaked out. Junior Vasquez may
   have produced this mix. It is thought to have been officially
   commissioned due to the high quality of the mix. Other so-called
   "official/unreleased" remixes are usually of a lower standard, and
   are actually bootleg versions.

1995 I CAN'T FORGET Unreleased collaboration with David Foster. Bruce Baron notes that Madonna recorded three songs with David Foster for the "Something To Remember" ballad collection. We have only seen two of them released ("You'll See," and "One More Chance"). You can confirm the existence of this third track in the BMI song search database at This organization collects money from radio play for it's members. David Foster belongs to BMI. I also got e-mail confirmation of it's existence from a representative from Peerless Music, David Foster's music publisher. 
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1996 DU WIRST SEHEN ("You'll See" in German) - It is extremely unlikely that Madonna actually recorded a version of "You'll See" in German, but the song "Du Wirst Sehen" is copyrighted with both Madonna's name, and the translators. Bo Jensen <> notes that the German title was originally spelled "Do Wurst Sehn" which is definitely NOT correct German (he notes that "wurst" means "sausage" in German!). Bryon Saran <> also notes that "Du Wirst Sehen" is actually nothing more than a cover version of "You'll See" by German artist Andrea Juergens that was released on September 2, 1996. To hear an excerpt clip of Andrea's cover, click here. To see the album cover artwork for Andrea Juergens' album, "Wenn ich gluecklich bin" (which translates to "When I am Happy"), click here 
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1997 I WANT YOU (REMIX) One of several supposed songs officially comissioned and remixed by Junior Vasquez that remain shelved. A dance remix of this song did eventually surface, but rumor has it that it was NOT Junior Vasquez that did the remix, but rather Julian Hirsch. 
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1997 LOVE WONT WAIT (REMIX) Confirmed unreleased remix by Tony Moran vocal by Gary Barlow, written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone. Confirmed demo sung by Madonna only. The Released remixes were done by Junior Vasquez, CUCA, and Monster Makers.

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One of my favourite era, can't believe that it's already 20 years ago.

I love the look, the Something to remember hairstyle.

I didn't know about the Rossellini inspiration for I WANT YOU, definitely one of her most intense videos!!

I love all the side projects of this era, like the Joe Henry duet. Definitely better than skin products :Madonna032:

The day Evita came out was one of the best days of my life!! :Madonna001:

We really miss an Evita emoticon!

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11 hours ago, groovyguy said:

November 13: Madonna, Tina Turner and Courtney Love are photographed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's 30th anniversary issue.

The photoshoot took place on October 21, and according to Madonna, the ladies had fun figuring out what music to listen to during the shoot:

“There was a bit of a skirmish over who was going to play what. We finally agreed that every other CD was mine and every other CD was Courtney’s and we sort of went back and forth. But the ultimate song that we ended up dancing to all the time was the MC stereo remix of the Tricky song, which is a very good song to dance to.”


Great work Groovy! I thought the current era would be the "You Must Remember to Love Her Era" 


Stereo MCs would go on to remix Frozen, their remix was used in Drowned World Tour.


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