TDIM - Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Open Your Heart' - 7th Feb
February 07, 2014 @ 01:47 am
Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Open Your Heart'
Madonna is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She was born in Bay City, Michigan, she later moved to New York City, where she lives, to pursue a career in modern dance and performed in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy.
In 1982, Madonna signed with Sire Records (an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She has since released a series of successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light in 1998 and Confessions on a Dance Floor in 2005.
However on this day in music, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Open Your Heart', her 5th US No.1, a No.4 hit in the UK!
The track "Open Your Heart" was released as the fourth single from her third studio album True Blue on November 12, 1986, by Sire Records. It has since appeared remixed on the compilation albums The Immaculate Collection in 1990 and Celebration in 2009. It was written originally a rock 'n roll song with the title "Follow Your Heart", it was written for singer Cyndi Lauper by songwriters Gardner Cole and Peter Rafelson, although it was never played to her.
Since Madonna's management was looking for new songs for True Blue, she accepted it, and altered some of the lyrics, while changing the composition to suit the dance-pop genre. Lyrically "Open Your Heart" is a love song, talking about innocent feelings of boy-meets-girl romance and Madonna expressing her sexual desire.
The song as a whole was well received by critics who commended it for being a simple love song. It was also successful commercially, reaching the top-ten of the charts in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, also reaching the top of Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, thus making it Madonna's fifth US number-one single.
The music video, however, portrayed a different concept of the song. Madonna played an exotic dancer in a peep-show club, who befriends a little boy and subsequently escapes. It was critically acclaimed for portraying a completely opposite perspective of "voyeuristic male gaze and object", and depicting innocence rather than sexual overtones, although the entry of a child in a strip club was negatively criticized. The video was homage to actresses Liza Minnelli and Marlene Dietrich.
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