On this day: Sept. 11: 93:99 is released on VHS and DVD (1999), Madonna appears at the Sport AID (1988)

93:99 video collection debuts

 
September 11, 1999
Madonna's 93:99 video collection is released on VHS and DVD.
 
 
Video by Madonna
Released: November 2, 1999
Recorded: January 1993 ? May 1999
Genre: Pop, adult contemporary, electronic
Length: 66.46 mins
Label: Warner Music Vision Warner-Reprise Video Warner Bros.
Director(s): David Fincher, Stephane Sednaoui, Mark Romanek, Melodie McDaniel, Michael Haussman, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Chris Cunningham, Jonas Akerlund, Walter Stern, Matthew Rolston, Johan Renck, Brett Ratner
 
The Video Collection 93:99 is the second music video compilation by American singer-songwriter Madonna. Released by Warner Music Vision, Warner Reprise Video and Warner Bros. Records on November 2, 1999, it contained the music video of Madonna's singles released between 1993 to 1999. Originally, the collection was titled The Video Collection 92?99, and had included the 1992 hit "Erotica", but was omitted due to the explicit sexual content in the video; instead the 1998 song "The Power of Good-Bye" was added. The videos in the collection were selected personally by Madonna, who felt the 14 videos to be her best work.
 
After its release, the collection was critically appreciated, with one group of reviewers noting the artistic capabilities of Madonna while the others noting her ability to re-invent her image from one video to another. It reached a peak of eight on Billboard's Top Music Video sales chart. In 2008, was certified platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 100,000 copies across United States. A box set titled The Ultimate Collection was released in 2000, which contained The Video Collection 93:99 and The Immaculate Collection compilations.
 
Background
 
On September 2, 1999, Warner Bros. Records announced the release of the video album, then titled as The Video Collection 92?99. Released in VHS and DVD, the collection featured 14 videos, including "Drowned World/Substitute for Love", which was not released in the United States as a single, hence was not commercially available prior to the release of Video Collection. The videos in the collection was selected personally by Madonna, who felt the 14 videos to be her best work. The collection had included the 1992 song "Erotica", but it was later omitted due to the sexual content present in the music video; instead the song "The Power of Good-Bye" was added and the collection was renamed as The Video Collection 93:99.
 
The video release was supposed to be in mid-October, but was pushed to November 2, 1999. The DVD release was to also include an accompanying compact disc with the audio to the videos as a dual-disc Greatest hits album, but was cancelled and the release only included a DVD. The original plan was to have the release coincide with the 1999 world tour which Madonna mentioned in an interview with Larry King the same year. This was also cancelled and postponed until 2001, Madonna instead releasing an audio greatest hits collection GHV2 and embarked on the Drowned World Tour that same year.
 
Chart performance
 
The collection debuted at 36 on Billboard's Top Music Videos chart on December 4, 1999 and the second week it moved 23 places to 13. The next week it reached a peak of eight on the chart, remaining at the position for three additional weeks. Video Collection reached the peak of eight again on the Billboard issue dated February 5, 2000. It was present on the Music Video chart for a total of 32 weeks. On November 13, 2008, the DVD was certified platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 100,000 copies. It was also certified platinum in Argentina by the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers (CAPIF) for shipment of 15,000 copies, as well as gold in Brazil by the Associacao Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos (ABPD) for shipment of 25,000 copies. After ten weeks of staying at the top of the Danish Top 10 DVD chart, Video Collection made a re-entry on the chart at five, on February 14, 2001.
 
The Ultimate Collection
 
On September 18, 2000, a box set titled The Ultimate Collection was released, which contained The Video Collection 93:99 and The Immaculate Collection. R.S. Murthy from New Straits Times said that "this boxed set offers Madonna fans and the Madonna initiates a very good collection of her videos, and helps them understand the wonder that Madonna is." Jeremy Jennings from the St. Paul Pioneer Press listed the box set as one of the most promising collection in his list of "Best Fall CDs" for 2000. Robin Givhan from The Washington Post called the collection "A veritable homage to the many faces of Madonna, from her current ghetto cowboy incarnation to her old boy-toy persona, the collection featured duded-up music videos and many pictures?a reminder of Madonna as the queen of re-invention."
 
Track listing and formats
 
No. Title Writer(s) Director(s) Length  
1. "Bad Girl"   Madonna, Shep Pettibone, Anthony Shimkin David Fincher 6:11
2. "Fever"   Eddie Cooley, John Davenport Stéphane Sednaoui 4:08
3. "Rain"   Madonna, S. Pettibone Mark Romanek 4:34
4. "Secret"   Madonna, Dallas Austin, S. Pettibone Melodie McDaniel 4:22
5. "Take a Bow"   Madonna, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Michael Haussman 4:34
6. "Bedtime Story"   Nellee HooperBjörkMarius De Vries Mark Romanek 4:25
7. "Human Nature"   Madonna, Dave Hall, Shawn McKenzie, Kevin McKenzie, Michael Deering Jean-Baptiste Mondino 4:33
8. "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"   Miles Gregory Jean-Baptiste Mondino 4:39
9. "Frozen"   Madonna, Patrick Leonard Chris Cunningham 5:21
10. "Ray of Light"   Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Maldoon, Dave Curtiss, Christine Ann Leach Jonas Åkerlund 5:06
11. "Drowned World/Substitute for Love"   Madonna, W. Orbit, Rod McKuen, Anita Kerr, David Collins Walter Stern 4:57
12. "The Power of Good-Bye"   Madonna, Rick Nowels Matthew Rolston 4:10
13. "Nothing Really Matters"   Madonna, P. Leonard Johan Renck 4:25
14. "Beautiful Stranger"   Madonna, W. Orbit Brett Ratner 4:34
 
Formats
 
The collection was released on VHS, LaserDisc, VCD (Asia only) and DVD. A special limited edition karaoke VCD was also released with the same tracklist. This VCD showed the lyrics of the song on the video, and the user was able to mute the right audio channel, which contained the full vocal version of the song, or the left audio channel, which contained the instrumental version of the song.
 
 

Sport AID

 
September 11, 1988
Madonna appears at the "Sport AID" event for charity
 

Sport Aid
 
Sport Aid (also known as Sports Aid) was a charitable event held on May 25 1986, raising $37m to support famine relief in Africa, and is the sporting event with the most participants in history.
 
The event was organised by Chris Long (Chairman and Founder), Bob Geldof (Band Aid), Simon Dring (UNICEF consultant) and John Anderson PhD (Head of Global Special Events, UNICEF). Paul Willies (Fundraising Consultant) was the initial coordinator for the events in North America, writing the manual for the 10k road race and contributed to bringing in UNICEF as the overall underwriter of the project. Sport Aid was supported by Band Aid (Bob Geldof) and UNICEF. The event took place in 89 countries simultaneously. Sport Aid raised funds for Band aid and UNICEF.
 
At 15:00 GMT on Sunday May 25 1986, 19.8 million runners around the world ran, jogged or walked 10 kilometers with sponsorship's or donations given to support African famine relief charities.
 
274 cities held official events to allow over 19.8 million participants to follow designated courses with television coverage shown worldwide. London saw 200,000 runners complete the course, Barcelona hosted 50,000, Athens 30,000, Santiago 15,000, Dublin 20,000, Port of Spain 15,000, Melbourne 10,000 and countless millions of further runners set out at the same time to run around their local village or park, or simply to take part in this global event. In the United States New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Francisco participated (along with several other Running Clubs in smaller towns) - with New York being the key race. The events in the United States were not widely publicized due in part to its clash with Hands Across America. Sport Aid was scheduled to take place on the eve of a UN special session on Africa, and so the timing conflict with Hands Across America could not be avoided.
 
A central event was the lighting of a symbolic torch at the United Nations by Omar Khalifa, a champion Sudanese 1500m runner to signal the start the 10K races around the world. Mr. Khalifa began his journey to the United Nations on May 16, when he lit a torch from the embers of fire in El Moweilih relief camp in the Sudan. He was then flown to Athens where the torch of Africa and the Olympic torch were symbolically joined. This was the first time the Olympic torch had been lit outside of an Olympic Games. He then ran through 12 European capitals, being greeted by leaders like Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, President Mitterrand, Chancellor Kohl and Pope John Paul II.
 
The New York Times reported, “With 200,000 Londoners setting the pace, more than 20 million runners in 76 countries ran today in Sport Aid, a global benefit to raise money for the starving of Africa. Today, Sport Aid is still the biggest sporting event ever organized".
 
A charity single was released to publicize and raise money for the event, Tears for Fears song Everybody Wants to Run the World.

 

 

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