On this day: April 1: Interview Magazine (1983), Good Housekeeping Magazine (2000), Ray Of Light video (1998)

Interview magazine

 
April 01, 1983
Interview magazine devotes a full article to Madonna
 

 

Good Housekeeping cover photo

 
April 01, 2000
Madonna is on the cover of Good Housekeeping april 2000 issue of US glossy magazine with 6-page Madonna grows up article.
 
 

Ray Of Light video debuts in the US

 
April 01, 1998
The "Ray Of Light" music video premieres in the USA.
 
 
Ray of Light
Single by Madonna
From the album Ray of Light
B-side: "Has to Be"
Released: May 6, 1998
Format: CD, maxi-single, video single, cassette, 7", 12"
Recorded: 1997
Genre: Electronic, dance-pop, techno, tech house
Length: 5:21 (album version), 4:34 (radio edit)
Label: Maverick Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna William Orbit Clive Muldoon Dave Curtiss Christine Leach
Producer(s): Madonna William Orbit
 
"Ray of Light" is the second single by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her 1998 album of the same name, and is based on Curtiss Maldoon's "Sepheryn". The song was written by Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Muldoon, Dave Curtiss and Christine Leach, and was produced by Madonna and Orbit.
An up-tempo electronic song with techno, trance, European dance and disco influences, "Ray of Light" contains elements of rock music, which have drawn comparison to the work of Oasis, as well as several sound effects such as whistles, bleeps and bells, the usage of electric guitar, and underlying synthesizers. Lyrically, the song has a theme of freedom. The song has received positive critical reception, being acclaimed for its club-friendly, electronic sound as well as its greater level of lyrical maturity, "emotional warmth", and the way in which it shows a more spiritual side to Madonna. Critics also praised the fact that the song was a departure from Madonna's previous work; "Ray of Light" is oriented in Madonna's dance roots, yet, it goes deeper, and incorporates more underground genres. The song also received several nominations and awards; it was nominated for three Grammy Awards, for Record of the Year, Best Dance Recording, and Best Short Form Music Video, winning the last two. "Ray of Light" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number five, becoming Madonna's highest debut on the chart to date. It also reached the top five in Canada, Finland, Italy and the United Kingdom, and peaked at number one in Spain.
The music video for the song was directed by Jonas Åkerlund; shot in different metropolises around the world, it is essentially a high-speed time-lapse, showing the daily life of people. The video for "Ray of Light" was also critically acclaimed, ranked as one of the greatest music videos of all time, receiving the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, as well as receiving eight nominations and eventually winning five awards at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video. Despite this, the music video prompted a lawsuit from Stefano Salvati who claimed that the video copied the concept of his music video for "Non è Mai Stato Subito", the 1994 single of Italian singer Biagio Antonacci.
The song has been performed in three of Madonna's concert tours, as well as several notable performances such as at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, Live 8, Live Earth and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The song has left a legacy, often being ranked as being one of the best songs of the 1990s.It has been credited as influencing contemporary pop, as well as helping bring electronic dance into mainstream American popular music. The song has been covered numerous times, and has been featured in several elements of popular culture, such as on the Fox TV show Glee and the animated television series Family Guy, as well as different advertising campaigns.

 

Composition
 
A high-speed electronic dance song, "Ray of Light" has received stylistic comparisons to rave, psychedelic and acid music. The track contains strong techno elements, as well as disco, trance and Eurodance influences, and it sees Madonna deepen her dance roots and go for a more electronic sound. The song is based on the track "Sepheryn", written by Clive Maldoon and Dave Curtiss, but with its melody and instrumentation altered. All five (Madonna, Orbit, Maldoon, Curtiss and Leach) are credited for the song. The song was remixed by Victor Calderone, Sasha and Orbit. According to sheet music published by Muscinotes.com at Alfred Publishing, the song is written in the key of B♭ major and has a tempo of 126 beats per minute. The song starts off with an electric guitar riff which has been compared to British alternative rock/Britpop band Oasis, after which the fast techno melody begins, which, according to Lucy O'Brien in her book Madonna: Like an Icon, has been described as having a "bubbling psychedelic undertow", as well as combining "melodic pop with bleep-driven techno". Throughout the composition, there are numerous electronic sound effects, including whistles, bells and bleeps. Its beat has been described as "restless". Towards the middle of the track, the electric guitar riff is repeated in which Madonna sings the same line as the start of the song, until the dance section returns, and the song gradually ends. According to some sources, Madonna's vocals on the song span from B♭3 to B♭5, with the latter note sung on the ah vocalization near the end of the song. Madonna's "breathlessly" delivered vocals on the song are noted to be different from the ones featured in her singles before the 1996 film Evita.
 
Chart performance
 
In the United States "Ray of Light" debuted and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, staying of the chart for a total of twenty weeks. Starting on June 20, 1998, it topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Songs Chart for a total of three consecutive weeks. On September 10, 1998, it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 500,000 units. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, being held off the number one spot by All Saints's "Under the Bridge / Lady Marmalade". It was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry(BPI) on April 24, 1998. According to The Official Charts Company, the song has sold 275,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In Australia, "Ray of Light" debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at its peak of number six on May 24, 1998, and was present for a total of 17 weeks on the chart. It was later certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for shipments of over 35,000 units. It also peaked at number three in Canada, number five in Japan, number two in Finland and Italy and number nine on the European Hot 100 singles chart. In Spain, "Ray of Light" debuted at number one on the AFYVE singles chart on May 6, 1998, replacing Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On". It stayed on the top spot for three weeks before descending the chart.
 
Music video
 


Background
The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, with Madonna's scenes being shot on March 25–26, 1998 at Raleigh Studios and Florentine Gardens nightclub in downtown Los Angeles. The images of various cities include Los Angeles, New York, London, Las Vegas and Stockholm. It also features a couple of clips from the Swedish television game show Bingolotto, which is broadcast from Gothenburg. Alternate remix versions, set to Sasha's Ultraviolet Mix and Victor Calderone's Club Mix of the track feature additional footage of both Madonna and of the environment. Footage from the making of this video was also used for the screen projection of "Runaway Lover" during the Don't Tell Me Promo Tour.
 
Synopsis
The music video starts over the land of sunset with the rising of the sun, until it progresses into a Koyaanisqatsi-esque section, featuring time-lapse images of daily life, from people riding a subway, ordering food, bowling, and children in a classroom to sped-up city-scapes and freeways at night. It should be noted that in almost every scene with people in it, such as in the club or classroom, one person is staring directly at the camera, while everyone else goes on with their daily lives. Madonna, dressed in jeans, a simple white tank top, and golden blonde hair, can be seen dancing at the same time. As the video goes on, night starts to fall, and high-speed images of Madonna dancing in a discothèque progress, until she is seen falling asleep on the dance floor.
 
Reception
The video was ranked No. 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos, listed No. 1 on Back In... 98's Top 5 Best Videos, ranked No. 7 on Listed's Top 40 Memorable Videos Pt. 1 & 2, on MuchMoreMusic, and ranked No. 26 on MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos. It was ranked at number four on "The Top 100 Videos That Broke The Rules", issued by MTV on the channel's 25th anniversary in August 2006.
The video received a total of eight MTV Video Music Awards nominations, becoming Madonna's second most-nominated video at the award show, after "Vogue" in 1990. It won five awards for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Choreography, becoming her most-winning song at the show.
 
Video release
On June 23, 1998, the music video of "Ray of Light" was released on VHS as a limited edition of 40,000 copies by Warner Music Vision. The VHS tape released was a new state of the art model offering a clearer, sharper picture and superior sound quality. Each edition came with a numbered card and bound in a jet black card slip case, neatly labelled with two satin-finished stickers. A live performance video of "Ray of Light" was released on January 25, 2007 to promote The Confessions Tour CD+DVD. It was filmed on August 16, 2006 at Wembley Arena in London, England. The video was made available to download on iTunes (UK), Spike (US), MuchMusic and MusiMax (Canada) and shown on many music channels. Another live performance video of "Ray of Light" was released March 25, 2010 on Yahoo! Music to promote Sticky & Sweet Tour CD+DVD. It was filmed in December 2008 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 
"Non è Mai Stato Subito" lawsuit
In June 1998 Italian director Stefano Salvati accused Madonna's Warner Bros. Records imprint Maverick Records of plagiarizing the concept of a music video he directed for Biagio Antonacci's 1994 single "Non è Mai Stato Subito." According to Salvati copies of his videos were submitted to Maverick before the "Ray of Light" video was shot and requested that the clip be pulled from distribution. Both videos featured the respective singers performing at regular speed against a backdrop of high-speed images. (Wiki)
 
Track listings and formats
 
US 12" vinyl (SAM 3269)
A "Ray of Light" (Sasha's Strip Down Mix) – 5:00
B "Ray of Light" (Orbit's Ultra Violet Mix) – 6:59
 
US 2 × 12" vinyl (9 44523-0)
A1 "Ray of Light" (Sasha's Ultraviolet Mix) – 10:43
A2 "Ray of Light" (Sasha's Strip Down Mix) – 5:00
B1 "Ray of Light" (Victor Calderone Club Mix) – 9:29
B2 "Ray of Light" (William Orbit Liquid Mix) – 8:06
C1 "Ray of Light" (Sasha Twilo Mix) – 10:58
C2 "Ray of Light" (Victor Calderone Drum Mix) – 5:26
D1 "Ray of Light" (Orbit's Ultra Violet Mix) – 6:59
D2 "Ray of Light" (album version) – 5:19
 
EU 12" vinyl (W 0444 T)
A1 "Ray of Light" (Sasha's Ultraviolet Mix) – 10:43
A2 "Ray of Light" (William Orbit Liquid Mix) – 8:06
B1 "Ray of Light" (Victor Calderone Club Mix) – 9:29
B2 "Ray of Light" (album version) – 5:19
 
EU CD single (9362 44535-2)
"Ray of Light" (album version) – 5:19
"Has to Be" (non-album track) – 5:15
"Ray of Light" (Sasha's Ultraviolet Mix) – 10:43
 
US 7" vinyl (7-17206)
US CD single (9 17206-2)
AU CD single (5439-17209-2)
JP CD single (WPCR-10525)
 
UK cassette single (W0444C)
"Ray of Light" (album version) – 5:19
"Has to Be" (non-album track) – 5:15
 
US Maxi-CD (9 44523-2)
AU Maxi-CD (9362-44521-2)
EU Maxi-CD (W 0444 CD)
JP Maxi-CD (WPCR-1860)
 
UK CD single 1 (W 0444 CD)
"Ray of Light" (album version) – 5:19
"Ray of Light" (Sasha's Ultraviolet Mix) – 10:43
"Ray of Light" (William Orbit Liquid Mix) – 8:06
"Ray of Light" (Victor Calderone Club Mix) – 9:29
 
UK CD single 2 (W 0444 CD2)
"Ray of Light" (Sasha Twilo Mix) – 10:58
"Ray of Light" (Sasha's Strip Down Mix) – 5:00
"Ray of Light" (Victor Calderone Drum Mix) – 5:26
"Ray of Light" (Orbit's Ultra Violet Mix) – 6:59
 
Official versions
 
Album version (5:19)
Radio edit (4:33) (promo single, GHV2, Celebration)
William Orbit Liquid Mix (8:08)
William Orbit Liquid Mix Radio Edit (5:13) (promo only)
William Orbit Ultra Violet Mix (7:00)
Victor Calderone Club Mix (9:29)
Victor Calderone Club Mix Radio Edit (4:55) (promo only)
Victor Calderone Drum Mix (5:29)
Victor Calderone Video Mix (promo only)
Sasha's Ultra Violet Mix (10:48)
Sasha's Ultra Violet Mix Radio Edit (5:10) (promo only)
Sasha's Stripped Down Mix (5:04)
Sasha's Twilo Mix (10:59)
Confessions Tour live audio from The Confessions Tour CD (6:12) (Digital download and iTunes bonus track)
Sticky & Sweet Tour live audio from Sticky & Sweet Tour CD (4:53) (Digital download and iTunes bonus track)
 
 

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