Madonna went to No.1 on the UK and US album chart with 'American Life'.
On this day in music, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK and US album chart with 'American Life'. Here’s a gist of the album.
American Life is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was first released on the 21st of 2003, by Maverick Records and distributed by Warner Bros. Records. The album, produced in its entirety by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï, features references to many parts of American culture. The album is considered a concept album, with recurring themes of the American Dream and materialism.
These themes reject the reputation Madonna held in the 1980s with her worldwide hit "Material Girl". American Life is a folk album in its purest definition, instead of a general pop record. The album also contains rock and electronica music, as well as influences of acoustic music on many tracks.
American Life received mixed reviews from music critics, with responses noting its consistency, but general responses called the record "about Madonna" and found it confusing. The album peaked at number one in fourteen countries. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) both certified it platinum in recognition of one million shipments in the United States, and 300,000 shipments in the United Kingdom, respectively. The album became the 32nd-best-selling album of 2003 and has sold five million copies to date. American Life garnered two nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004.
Four singles were also released from the album. The first, the title track, was released to a generally negative critical reception with Blender naming it as the ninth worst song of all time. It charted at number 37 in the US while it entered the top ten in most countries, peaking at number two in the United Kingdom. A controversial music video was pulled after scenes of war and violence were criticized which led to an edited version being released. Its following single "Hollywood" became her first to miss out on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1983. "Nothing Fails" and "Love Profusion", third and fourth singles respectively, featured a lack of promotion resulting in a poor commercial performance. Despite it, both peaked at number one in Spain.