On this day: March 20: 'La Isla Bonita' Billboard single chart (1987), 'Vogue' single (1990), 'WIFLFAG' video premier (2001)

La Isla Bonita

March 20, 1987
"La Isla Bonita" enters the Billboard singles chart.
 
Single by Madonna
From the album True Blue
 
Released: February 25, 1987
Format: 7", 12"
Recorded: 1986
Genre: Latin pop
Length: 4:02
Label: Sire, Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna, Patrick Leonard, Bruce Gaitsch
Producer(s): Madonna, Patrick Leonard
 
"La Isla Bonita" (English: The Beautiful Island) is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was released as the fifth and final single from her third studio album, True Blue, on February 25, 1987, by Sire Records. The instrumental version of the song was first offered to Michael Jackson before Madonna both accepted it and wrote the lyrics and melody. "La Isla Bonita" is noted for being the first Madonna song to have a Latino influence in it, with arrangements of Cuban drums and Spanish guitar, maracas, harmonicas and a mix of synthesized and real drumming. The lyrics of the song tell about a beautiful island and was a tribute to the beauty of the Latin people according to Madonna.
"La Isla Bonita" achieved worldwide popularity, topping charts in countries such as Austria, Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland. It became Madonna's fourth number-one single in the United Kingdom, giving her a record for most number-one singles among female artists. In the United States, it reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In the accompanying music video, Madonna portrayed two opposite characters – a pious girl and a passionate Latina. The Latin style and the flamenco red dress she wore became a trend later. The song is one of the most performed live songs by Madonna, appearing in five of her world tours including 2008–09's Sticky & Sweet Tour. Madonna has regularly performed the song in its Spanish form, sometimes with tribal or folk songs and remixes to accompany it. The song has been covered by a number of artists including Mexican recording artist Byanka (1988) and French recording artist Alizée for her album Psychédélices (2008).
 
Writing and inspiration
 
"La Isla Bonita" was written by Patrick Leonard and Bruce Gaitsch. The song was previously written as a lament for the mythical city of San Pedro in the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize and was offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album, who, according to Gaitsch, turned it down. While working with Leonard on the True Blue album, Madonna accepted it in Jackson's place and wrote the song's lyrics and melody, thus earning herself a co-writing credit.
"La Isla Bonita" was the first Madonna song to employ Spanish motifs, going so far as to include Spanish lyrics. The Spanish theme would reoccur throughout her career, manifesting itself in lyrics for "Who's That Girl" (1987), "Spanish Eyes" (1989), "I'm Going Bananas" (1990), the Spanish version of "You'll See" (1995) called "Verás", "Be Careful (Cuidado Con Mi Corazón)" (1999) which was a duet with Ricky Martin, "Lo Que Siente La Mujer" – the Spanish version for "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (2001), "Sorry" (2005) and "Spanish Lesson" from Hard Candy (2008). Madonna described the song as her tribute to the "beauty and mystery of Latin American people". According to her "Latin rhythms often dominate our uptempo compositions. It's like we're possessed. We both think that we were Latin in another life."
 
Composition
 
"La Isla Bonita" is a Hispanic styled pop song. It is one of the characteristic works of the collaboration between Madonna and Patrick Leonard. The single mixes the sound of different instruments like Cuban drums and Spanish guitar, maracas and harmonicas and a mix of synthesized and real drumming. The song is written in the key of C♯ minor and is set in the time signature of common time like most pop songs, moving at a moderate tempo of 95 beats per minute. Madonna's vocal range spans two octaves, from G3 to C5.
The song starts with a musical introduction performed on a Cuban drum, before descending into synthesized beats and Spanish guitar fusion. Madonna sings the chorus in the same G3 to C5 range. After the second chorus there is a Spanish guitar interlude whence Madonna's voice expands to F♯ minor as she sings "I want to be where the sun warms the sky" and then comes down to a C♯ minor when she sings "loves a girl". There is another musical interlude with a harmonica and the song, after another chorus, ends with fading out and Madonna's voice uttering the words "El dijo que te ama (He said he loves you)".
The phrase "La Isla Bonita" translates as "The Beautiful Island" in English. The song has four lines sung in Spanish, a theme which Madonna later incorporated in her 1987 single "Who's That Girl". The lyrics begin by describing Madonna as a tourist who prays "that the days would last, they went so fast" simultaneously isolating the other Latin people as them ("you can watch them go by"). In her book Women and popular music, author Sheila Whitley said that the chorus of the song places its emphasis on the incantatory present participle ("Tropical the island breeze, all of nature wild and free, this is where I long to be"). The song draws connotations from the supplicant before its explicit focus on the chorus.
The title and first line of the song refer to an island called San Pedro, held by some to be Ambergris Caye in Belize, referencing the town of San Pedro, which has since adopted the song's title as the town's principal nickname. However, Gaitsch has mentioned that at that time, Madonna was spending time in a U.S. town of the same name, and both Madonna and her then husband Sean Penn were good friends with a poet called San Pedro and novelist Charles Bukowski. Madonna herself has not clarified this in any interview. Instead, she referred the song as being a tribute to Latin America and its people, along with an island and to herself.
 
Music video
 
The music video was set in Los Angeles and was directed by Mary Lambert, who directed a number of Madonna's 1980s videos, including those for "Borderline", "Like a Virgin" and "Like a Prayer". Benicio del Toro appeared in the video as a background character. The video world-premiered on MTV on March 29, 1987. It starts with showing a number of Latin people dancing in a Spanish barrio as Madonna watches them from her window. She plays two different characters in the video: a boyishly-dressed Catholic woman and a colorful Flamenco dancer. The characters are quite opposite in their portrayal, which is emphasized by two opposing settings for the characters. Firstly, the video shows a sparsely decorated room with an altar and pictures of Hispanic people on the wall. Madonna plays a pale-looking pious girl wearing a white petticoat and her short hair brushed back. She cries in her room and reluctantly ignores the invitation of the Latinos in the street to join them.
The austerity and the passivity of the first character is however contrasted vividly with the passion and activity of the second character. Madonna in this portrayal wears a red voluminous extravagant Spanish style dress, which shows off her décolletage, with a middle parting in the skirt, while wearing red carnations in her hair. Complementing this passionate look, the second setting features a bright red room with red candles and candelabra. While the spiritual and submissive Madonna watches the Latinos and prays in her room, the passionate Madonna dances and leaves the room to join the dancers in the streets.
While both settings seem to suggest that Madonna's characters live in the barrio and may be Latina themselves, the portrayal of Madonna in the dancing scenes (lush, flashy, colorful) contrasts with the Latinos in the street (sparsely worn out dresses). She dances around and even flirts but does not get really involved with them as the last scene shows Madonna dancing off the screen. The video symbolizes the link between Latino culture and Catholicism. The two characters symbolize the restrained and passionate side of Catholicism, which author Rettenmund has described as Madonna's take on the religion.
The Latinos in the video are portrayed as stereotypes as nonchalant people, unemployed adults, school deprived children and a crumbling barrio. However, the music video was critically appreciated for its utilization of Hispanic fashion as an icon of beauty and romanticism. Collen McDanell, in his book Material Christianity, noted Madonna's use of Catholic objects in the video like the candlestands and home shrines, thereby giving them a new meaning according to her own. Author Douglas Kellner noted, "such 'multiculturalism' and her culturally transgressive moves turned out to be highly successful moves that endeared her to large and varied youth audiences". Madonna's Spanish look in the video became popular and appeared in the fashion trends at that time in the form of boleros and layered skirts accessorizing with rosary beads and crucifix like the video.
 
Formats and track listing
 
7" single
"La Isla Bonita" (7" Remix) – 4:01
"La Isla Bonita" (Instrumental Remix) – 4:20
 
U.S. / Germany 12" maxi-single
"La Isla Bonita" (Extended Remix) – 5:28
"La Isla Bonita" (Instrumental) – 5:14
 
 

Vogue

March 20, 1990
The 'Vogue' single is released
 
Single by Madonna
From the album I'm Breathless
 
B-side: "Keep It Together" (Single Remix)
Released: March 20, 1990
Format: Cassette, CD, CD maxi, 7", 12"
Recorded: December 1989 – January 1990
Genre: Dance-pop, house
Length: 4:50 (album version), 4:21 (single version)
Label: Sire Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna Shep Pettibone
Producer(s): Madonna Shep Pettibone Craig Kostich (exec.)
 
"Vogue" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her soundtrack album I'm Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy) and was released on March 20, 1990, by Sire Records. Madonna was inspired by vogue dancers and choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem "House Ball" community, the origin of the dance Vogue, and they introduced "Vogueing" to her at the New York City club "Sound Factory". Jose Xtravaganza is featured in the Historic Art Documentary How Do I Look, directed by Wolfgang Busch. The song also appears on the 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection and Madonna's third greatest hits album, Celebration.
"Vogue" is an upbeat dance-pop and house song. Noted to contain influences of deep house, it is a contemporary track which followed the trends of dance music in the 1990s; nevertheless, it has strong influences of 70s disco within its composition. The song also contains a spoken section, in which the singer namechecks various golden era Hollywood celebrities. Lyrically, the song is about enjoying oneself on the dance floor no matter who one is, and it contains a theme of escapism. Critically, "Vogue" has been met with appreciation ever since its release; reviewers have praised its anthemic nature, calling it a funky and catchy song, and listed it as one of the singer's musical highlights. Critics also noticed that the song, which bears strong resemblances to classic disco music, was still successful despite the genre's commercial death several years before. The song also won several music awards. Commercially, the song remains one of Madonna's biggest international hits, topping the charts in over 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. It became the world's best-selling single of 1990, selling over six million copies.
The music video for "Vogue", directed by David Fincher, showed Madonna paying homage to numerous golden era Hollywood actresses. Shot in black-and-white, the video takes stylistic inspiration from the 1920s and 30s; in it, Madonna and her dancers can be seen voguing different choreographed scenes. Critics noted the way in which Madonna used her postmodern influence to expose an underground subcultural movement to the masses. The video has been ranked as one of the greatest of all times in different critic lists and polls, and won three awards at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards out of a total of nine nominations.
Madonna has performed the song in five of her tours, as well as the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards and at her performance during the half-time show of Super Bowl XLVI. The song has also been covered numerous times by different artists, such as The Chipettes in their album Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes; it also featured on the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada, as well as in "The Power of Madonna" episode of the Fox show Glee. Writers and critics have noted the video and the song's influence in bringing an underground subculture into mainstream popular culture through the postmodern nature of her power and influence, as well as the way in which it followed a new trend in which dance music enjoyed widespread popularity. The song, which has been included in several critic lists as one of the greatest of the decade, as well as its accompanying video, have been attributed as bringing voguing as well as house music mainstream, with the former becoming one of the decade's major dance crazes.
 
Background
 
In late 1989, after the album Like a Prayer had spawned three U.S. hits—the title track, "Express Yourself" and "Cherish"—and a top-five European single in "Dear Jessie", its fourth US single, "Oh Father", stalled at number 20 in the charts. Perhaps to ensure that the last single release of "Keep It Together" would fare better on the charts, Madonna and producer Shep Pettibone decided to compose a new song to be placed on the flipside of "Keep It Together" and quickly produced "Vogue". The song and video were inspired by the dance of the same name, performed in New York clubs on the underground gay scene, in which dancers used a series of complex hand gestures, body poses and movements to imitate their favourite Hollywood stars (see the list of the names of the Hollywood stars below), as well as the cover models from Vogue magazine. In the film Paris is Burning (film), Luis Xtravaganza explains that original dance form as a way of performing rivalries and take-downs on the dance floor through gender play and irony.
After presenting the song to Warner Bros. executives, all parties involved decided that the song was too good to be wasted on a B-side and that it should be released as a single. Although the song itself had nothing to do with Madonna's then-upcoming Disney movie Dick Tracy, it was included on the album I'm Breathless, which contained songs from and inspired by the film. Madonna altered some of the suggestive lyrics because the song was connected to the Disney film via soundtrack.
 
Composition
 
"Vogue" is a dance-pop and house song with visible influences from disco music. The song has also been noted by Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine to have a "deep house groove" and to have a "throbbing beat" by Mark Coleman of Rolling Stone. J. Randy Taraborrelli, in his book Madonna: An Intimate Biography, wrote that the song was a "pulsating dance track". According to sheet music published at Musicnotes.com at Alfred Publishing, the song is written in the key of A♭ major, has a tempo of 116 beats per minute, and in it, Madonna's vocal range spans from C4 to E♭5. Lyrically, song has a theme of escapism, and talks about how any person can enjoy himself. Later on, the song has a rap/spoken section, in which Madonna names numerous "golden era" Hollywood celebrities.
The lyrics of the song's rap section features the names of 16 stars of the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s. Ordered as sung in the song, they are Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Joe DiMaggio, Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Lana Turner and Bette Davis. The estates of the 10 stars mentioned in the song by their full name (Davis, Dean, Dietrich, DiMaggio, Garbo, Harlow, both Kellys, Rogers, and Turner) each received a royalty payment of $3,750 when Madonna performed "Vogue" at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.
"Vogue" contains samples of some songs from the disco era. The bassline is from "Love Is the Message" by MFSB. The horns and strings appear in the song "Ooh, I Love It (Love Break)" by the Salsoul Orchestra. Some vocal samples from "Love Break" are used in the dub version.
 

Music video
 
Background
 
The video was directed by David Fincher and shot at The Burbank Studios in Burbank, California on February 10–11, 1990. According to Lucy O'Brien in her book Madonna: Like an Icon, the video was brought together after a "huge casting call" in Los Angeles where hundreds of different sorts of dancers appeared.
Filmed in black-and-white, the video recalls the look of films and photography from The Golden Age of Hollywood with the use of artwork by the Art Deco artist Tamara de Lempicka and an Art Deco set design. Many of the scenes are recreations of photographs taken by noted photographer Horst P. Horst, including his famous "Mainbocher Corset", "Lisa with Turban" (1940), and "Carmen Face Massage" (1946). Horst was reportedly "displeased" with Madonna's video because he never gave his permission for his photographs to be used and received no acknowledgement from Madonna. Some of the close-up poses recreate noted portraits of such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, and Jean Harlow. (Additionally, several stars of this era were name-checked in the song's lyrics.) Several famous Hollywood portrait photographers whose style and works are referenced include George Hurrell, Eugene Robert Richee, Don English, Whitey Schafer, Ernest Bachrach, Scotty Welbourne, Laszlo Willinger, and Clarence Sinclair Bull.
The video features the dancers for Madonna's then-upcoming Blond Ambition Tour. The choreography was set by "Punk Ballerina" Karole Armitage. The video world-premiered on MTV on March 29, 1990.
There are two versions of the video, the regularly aired television music video, and the 12" remix, which is the extended version over three minutes longer. VH1 also released a Pop-Up music video version.
 
Synopsis
 
The black-and-white video, set in Art Deco-themed 1920s and 30s surroundings, starts off showing different sculptures, works of art, as well as Madonna's dancers posing. Along with this are images of a maid and a butler cleaning up inside what seems to be a grand house. When the dance section of the song starts, Madonna turns around, and, similarly to the lyrics, strikes a pose. The video progresses, and images of men with fedoras, Madonna wearing the controversial sheer lace dress and other outfits, follow. As the chorus begins, Madonna and her dancers start to perform a vogue dance routine, where she sings the chorus as her dancers mime the backing vocals. After this, other scenes of Madonna in different outfits and imitations of golden-era Hollywood stars progresses, after which there is a scene with Madonna's dancers voguing. Finally, after this scene, Madonna can be seen wearing her iconic "cone bra", after which she also performs a dance routine with a fellow dancer. As the rap section begins, different clips of Madonna posing in the style of famous photographs or portraits of Hollywood stars, begins, ultimately followed by a choreographed scene with her dancers and backup singers.
 
Reception
 
MTV placed the video at the second on their list of "100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made" in 1999. In 1993, Rolling Stone magazine listed the video as the twenty-eighth best music video of all-time. Also, the same magazine listed "Vogue" as the #2 music video of all time in 1999 second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller. It was also ranked at number five on "The Top 100 Videos That Broke The Rules", issued by MTV on the channel's 25th anniversary in August 2006. It was the third time Fincher and Madonna collaborated on a video (the first being 1989's "Express Yourself" and the second being 1989's "Oh Father"). About.com listed as the best Madonna video.
There was some controversy surrounding the video due to a scene in which Madonna's breasts and, if the viewer looks closely, her nipples could be seen through her sheer lace blouse, as seen in the picture on the right. MTV wanted to remove this scene, but Madonna refused, and the video aired with the shot intact. The video was edited in Australia for daytime screenings, with the sheer blouse images replaced with slow motion shots of other parts of the video.
"Vogue" music video received a total of nine MTV Video Music Awards nominations, becoming her most-nominated video at the award show. It won Best Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
 
Track listing
 
US 7" single, Cassette single / Japanese 3" CD single (5439-19863-7/4 / WPDP-6227)
"Vogue" (Single Version) – 4:19
"Vogue" (Bette Davis Dub) – 7:26
 
UK / European 7" single, Cassette single (W9851, W9851C)
"Vogue" (Single Version) – 4:19
"Keep It Together" (Single Remix) – 4:31
 
US CD maxi-single (7599-21513-2)
"Vogue" (Single Version) – 4:19
"Vogue" (12" version) – 8:25
"Vogue" (Bette Davis Dub) – 7:26
"Vogue" (Strike-A-Pose Dub) – 7:36
 
US 12" maxi-single (7599-21513-0)
"Vogue" (12" version) – 8:25
"Vogue" (Bette Davis Dub) – 7:26
"Vogue" (Strike-A-Pose Dub) – 7:36
 
UK CD single, 12" single, 12" Picture Disc / European CD single, 12" single (W9851CD, W9851T, W9851TP / 7599-21525-2/0 )
"Vogue" (12" Version) – 8:25
"Keep It Together" (12" Remix) – 7:50
 
UK Limited Edition 12" with X-Rated poster (W9851TX, 7599-21544-0)
"Vogue" (12" version) – 8:25
"Vogue" (Strike-A-Pose Dub) – 7:36
 
Japanese CD EP (WPCP-3698)
"Vogue" (12" version) – 8:25
"Vogue" (Bette Davis Dub) – 7:26
"Vogue" (Strike-A-Pose Dub) – 7:36
"Hanky Panky" (Bare Bottom 12" Mix) – 6:36
"Hanky Panky" (Bare Bones Single Mix) - 3:52
"More" (Album Version) - 4:58
 
 

What It Feels Like For A Girl video premiere

March 20, 2001
"What It Feels Like For A Girl" video premiere - The "What It Feels Like For A Girl" music video premieres on MTV and VH1.
 
Single by Madonna
From the album Music
 
B-side: "Lo Que Siente La Mujer"
Released: April 18, 2001
Format: DVD single, CD single, CD maxi single, VHS single, cassette single, 12"
Recorded: 2000
Genre: Pop, trip hop (album version), Trance, dance-pop (single version)
Length: 4:43
Label : Maverick Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna Guy Sigsworth David Torn (credited later)
Producer(s): Madonna Guy Sigsworth Mark "Spike" Stent
Certification: Gold (Australia), Silver (United Kingdom)
 
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna, taken from her eighth studio album Music (2000). The song was released as the third single from the album on April 17, 2001 by Maverick Records. The song was written by Madonna, Guy Sigsworth and David Torn, who was credited later, while production was handled by Madonna, Guy Sigsworth and Mark Stent.
The song has two official versions; the single version and the album version. Musically, the album version is a more demure pop and trip hop song, while the single version was remixed by Above and Beyond and leans more towards trance and dance-pop. Lyrically, the song describes the pressure women feel to conform to social norms of politeness and subservience. The song also attracted controversy after the duo Thunderpuss were hired to remix the single, but nearing the track's completion, it was rejected.
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" received positive reviews from music critics, praising Madonna's vocals and production, however some critics did not believe it was a strong single. Commercially, the song was successful in most music charts around the world, peaking in the top ten in countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan and the United Kingdom. Though it was a more low peak on the US Billboard Hot 100, it managed to have good success on component charts in the United States, and topped the US Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Madonna's then-husband Guy Ritchie had filmed the accompanying music video, which featured Madonna in a blonde bob wig as she was portraying a reckless woman on a crime spree. Critics criticized the music video for its depiction of violence and abuse, which caused MTV to ban it before 9pm. The single was also released on DVD and VHS containing the music video. The song was used as a video interlude and was performed in Spanish on the Drowned World Tour. The song was also covered by the Fox TV series Glee, which was commercially featured on the episode "The Power of Madonna", as well as the following EP.
 
Background and release
 
The song was written by Madonna and Guy Sigsworth and produced by Madonna, Sigsworth, and Mark "Spike" Stent. An additional composer credit is included in the I'm Going To Tell You A Secret CD inner notes, with David Torn being the third composer. The producer had sampled Torn's Cloud About Mercury album and, when Madonna found out, she had Torn added to the credits. The track contains a spoken introduction by actress Charlotte Gainsbourg taken from the 1993 film version of the Ian McEwan novel, The Cement Garden.
A Spanish version of the song was specially recorded for inclusion on the single as the B-side. "Lo Que Siente la Mujer" was released as a promo-only single in Europe. Later it was added to the two-disc Tour Edition of Music and the Mexican edition of the album along with the remix of the same track replacing "American Pie", and was performed live on Madonna's Drowned World Tour in the same summer.
 
Composition
 
For the single version, "What It Feels Like for a Girl" is a trance and dance-pop inspired song, while the album version is a mid-tempo pop and trip hop song. The album version, according to Musicnotes.com, which was published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc, is set in the key Eb major. Additionally, Madonna's vocals span from G3 to Bb4 notes.
Lyrically, the song describes the pressure women feel to conform to social norms of politeness and subservience. The beginning of the song opens with the following dialogue from the 1993 British film, The Cement Garden, directed by Andrew Birkin starring his niece, Charlotte Gainsbourg:
"Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots. 'Cause it's OK to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading. 'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading. But secretly you'd love to know what it's like... Wouldn't you? What it feels like for a girl."
The Village Voice's Phil Dellio found the song the "answer song" to The Virgin Suicides, saying "... the perfect answer record to The Virgin Suicides (where boys indeed stand on the side of the street looking uncomprehendingly on girls), thanks in no small part to the gossamer-like synthesizer percolating in the background (Air bubbles?). Jose F. Promis from Allmusic described it as a "semi-ballad", but praised the remix off the song calling it a "massive, deep arena club stomper."
 
Thunderpuss controversy
 
The acclaimed remixing duo Thunderpuss was hired to do a remix of "What It Feels Like for a Girl". However, when they were almost finishing the mix, it was rejected because some people renamed an amateur remix of the song as "Thunderpuss Mix" and spread it on the Internet. The label thought the remix was leaked from Thunderpuss studio, after an employee claimed that he saw the Thunderpuss remix in rotation on the Internet already. Barry Harris (of Thunderpuss) talked about this episode in an interview at About.com.
 
Thunderpuss Club Mix (11:22)
Thunderdub (11:06)
Thunderpuss Tribe-a-Pella (08:04)
Thunderpuss Radio Mix (3:46)
 

Music video
 
Background and synopsis
 
The song attracted attention because of its music video, which premiered on America Online, but was banned from TV broadcasts in many parts of the world. It was directed by Madonna's then-husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie in February 2001 and filmed throughout various parts of Los Angeles, including one location on W. Olympic Blvd and S. Wooster St. The video used an alternate remix edit by Above & Beyond which featured only the chorus of the original song. The remix can be found on the European single. PopMatters had described the plot off the music video:
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" opens with Madonna in a motel room, getting ready for a night out, and it all seems simple and pleasant enough. The video takes its first turn when Madonna picks up an old woman to accompany her in her drive around the city, and it quickly changes from there. Madonna rams her Camaro, into a car full of young men who were looking at her suggestively. From here, she tasers a man at an ATM machine and takes his money, pulls a realistic-looking water gun on two police officers and sprays them with water. After mowing down some roller-hockey players in a parking lot, she steals another car and blows up a gas station, all while still accompanied by the old woman. Finally, Madonna slams her stolen car into a cement pole in an apparent act of murder/suicide.
 
Release
 
Madonna released the video as a DVD single on April 17, 2001. It became the biggest-selling DVD single of 2001. The U.S. version of the DVD contains only the video, but in other countries, the DVD includes two audio remixes of the song that also appear on the CD single release. The video also was included in the 2001 Special Edition 2-CD release of the album Music.
When aired on MTV and VH1, the video was given a TV-MA rating and when the DVD music video single was submitted to the MPAA, it received an R rating for "violent images". The DVD single received a 12 from the BBFC and a PG from the OFLC. (Wiki)
 
Director: Guy Ritchie
Producer: Lynn Zekanis
Executive producers: David Naylor, Sam Aslanian
Director of photography: Alex Barber
Editor: Michael Heldman
Visual effects producer: Sue Troyan
Visual effects executive producer: Neysa Horsburgh
Production company: DNA Inc.
 
Track listings and formats
 
US 2×12" vinyl (9 42372-0, 9 42372-0)
A1 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) – 7:18
A2 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) – 8:08
B1 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) – 7:27
B2 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) – 3:39
C1 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:42
C2 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) – 4:45
D1 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) – 3:45
D2 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) – 8:45
 
EU 12" vinyl (9362 42379 0)
A1 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:42
A2 "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) – 4:45
B "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) – 3:39
 
UK 12" vinyl (W533T), EU 12" Remix vinyl (9362 42367 0)
A "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) – 7:27
B "What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) – 7:18
 
EU CD single (5439 16752 2)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Album Version) – 4:43
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) – 3:45
 
EU Maxi-CD (9362 42370 2)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Radio Edit) – 4:03
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) – 4:45
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:42
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) – 3:39
 
AU CD single (9362-42374-2)(Limited edition with fold out poster)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Album Version) – 4:43
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:42
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) – 7:27
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) – 7:18
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) – 8:08
 
US Promo CD Single
"Lo Que Siente La Mujer" (Edit) – 4:02
 
JP Maxi-CD (WPCR-10905)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Radio Edit) – 4:03
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) – 4:45
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:42
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) – 8:45
 
JP CD single (WPCR-10906), US Maxi-CD (9 42372-2, 9 42372-2)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) – 7:18
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) – 8:08
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:42
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) – 8:45
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) – 7:27
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) – 4:45
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) – 3:39
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) – 3:45
"Lo Que Siente La Mujer" - 4:43
 
US DVD single (38539-2)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Video) – 5:00
 
EU DVD single (7599 38541-2)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Video) – 5:00
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:42
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) – 8:08
 
Colombian promo CD single (010524)
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto Mix) – 7:18
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (George Best Saturday Night Mix) – 5:22
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Mix) – 8:08
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Richard Vission Velvet Masta Edit) – 3:39
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond 12" Club Mix) – 7:27
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Above & Beyond Club Radio Edit) – 3:45
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Club Mix) – 9:10
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Tracy Young Cool Out Radio Mix) – 4:45
"What It Feels Like for a Girl" (Calderone & Quayle Dark Side Mix) – 6:20
"Lo Que Siente La Mujer" (Spanish Version) – 4:44
 
 

 

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She look pretty and the steps of the song was wow.

la isia bonita

She look pretty and the steps of the was wow.

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