Papa Don’t Preach

The artist releases her song, Papa Don’t Preach, from True Blue. It just fit right in with my own personal zeitgeist of standing up to male authorities, whether it’s the pope or the Catholic Church or my father and his conservative, patriarchal ways. httpv://

Live to Tell

The artist releases Live to Tell. The song is featured on True Blue. Sometimes when I’m writing songs, I’m just channeling. I could say that Live To Tell was about my childhood, my relationship with my parents, my father and my stepmother. But maybe not. It could be about something in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel or a story […]

Dress You Up

The artist releases her song, Dress You Up, from her album, Like a Virgin.


The artist releases Gambler. The track is featured on Vision Quest.

Crazy For You

The artist releases Crazy For You. The song is featured on her album, Vision Quest. This single is written by John Bettis and Jon Lind.

Material Girl

The artist releases her song, Material Girl from Like a Virgin.


The artist releases Holiday. The song is featured on her self-titled album.

Burning Up

The artist releases her song, Burning Up  from her self-titled album.

You’ll See

The artist releases her song, You’ll See, from her album Something To Remember.  It’s about empowering yourself. As much as I like a song like Take A Bow, lyrically it only reflects one side of my personality. I have that side which is completely masochistic and willing to, literally, do anything for love. But there’s another side too which is – ‘Don’t f–k […]

What It Feels Like for a Girl

The artist releases her song, What It Feels Like for a Girl, from Music. Our generation certainly has been encouraged to grab life by the balls, be super-independent, get a great education, follow our dreams, kick ass, all that stuff, and I feel like I work up one day holding the golden ring and realized that smart, sassy girls who […]

American Life

The artist releases her song, American Life, from her album with the same title. Different things inspire me to write. I could be having a guitar lesson and something will just come to me. Or Mirwais will send me over music – rough stuff that doesn’t have an arrangement basic chord progressions. American Life came about itself like that. The […]


The artist releases her song, Cherish, from the album, Like A Prayer. I’ve never been a good judge of what things are going to be huge or not. The songs that I think are the most retarded songs I’ve written, like Cherish, end up being the biggest hits.

Bedtime Story

The artist releases her song, Bedtime Story, from her album, Bedtime Stories. The music video to the song is inspired by the works of surrealist painters. Like Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo. There’s that one shot where my hands are up in the air and stars are spinning around me. And me flying through the hallway with my hair trailing behind me, the birds […]

Lucky Star

The artist releases Lucky Star. The song is featured on her self-titled album. MTV’s Ayeroff commissions the video for the single. I made Lucky Star for $14,000 with a friend who was a pot grower from Bolinas, California (Arthur Pierson). We’d released ; Everybody, Burning Up, Holiday and Borderline as singles. And Madonna didn’t want to release Lucky […]


The artist releases her song, Borderline, from her debut, self-titled album.

Don’t Tell Me

The artist releases her song, Don’t Tell Me, from the album, Music.  To me it is a romantic song. Just, you know, rip my skin off, do not tell me who I should love, or how I should love. Don’t tell me to give up. To me, in a way it’s like that Frank Sinatra song, ‘If I can make it […]

Ray Of Light

The artist releases her song, Ray Of Light, from her album with the same title. Co-writer, Muldoon is completely unaware that the song is recorded until a friend hears it on the radio. I was a bit annoyed at first because Madonna wanted 30 percent just for changing a couple of lines, but then I realized that 15 percent of millions is […]

The Power Of Good-Bye

The artist releases her song, The Power Of Goodbye, from her album, Ray Of Light. 

La Isla Bonita

The artist releases La Isla Bonita. The song is featured on the album True Blue. In the song, Madonna sings about a fictional island where she longs to be. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t know where San Pedro is. At that point, I wasn’t a person who went on holidays to beautiful islands. I may have […]


The artist releases her song Secret from the album Bedtime Stories. The single is a collaboration between Madonna and writers Dallas Austin and Shep Pettibone.

Like A Prayer

The artist releases her song, Like A Prayer, from her album that shares the same name. Originally, when I recorded the song, I would play it over and over again, trying to get a visual sense of what sort of story or fantasy it evoked in me. I kept imagining this story about a girl who was madly in love with […]


The artist releases her song, Frozen, from her album, Ray Of Light.

Nothing Really Matters

The artist releases Nothing Really Matters. The song is featured on her album Ray Of Light. I started studying the Kabbalah, which is a Jewish mystical interpretation of the Old Testament. I also found myself becoming very interested in Hinduism and yoga, and for the first time in a long time, I was able to step outside myself and […]

Love Profusion

The artist releases her song Love Profusion from her album American Life. The song is a collaboration between Madonna and producer Mirwais Ahmadzai.


The artist releases her song Jump. The song is on the album Confessions On A Dance Floor and is a collaboration between Madonna and writers Stuart Price and Joe Henry.


The artist releases her song Music from her album with the same title. The artist says that the songs on this album reflect her life. Everything in life moves in cycles… there’s a period where you’re quiet, and there’s a period where you explode. In the time leading up to Ray of Light, I was in a quiet space – making lots […]

Express Yourself

The artist releases her song Express Yourself from her album Like A Prayer. The ultimate thing behind the song is that if you don’t express yourself, if you don’t say what you want, then you’re not going to get it. And in effect you are chained down by your inability to say what you feel or go after what you want.


The artist releases her song Sorry from the album Confessions On A Dance Floor. The song is a collaboration between Madonna and producer Stuart Price.

Like a Virgin

The artist releases her song, Like a Virgin, from her album with the same title. During Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet world tour, the artist dedicates the song to Pope Benedict XVI. I dedicate this song to the Pope, because I’m a child of God. All of you are also children of God.

4 Minutes

The artist releases her song, 4 Minutes, from her album, Hard Candy. Madonna co-writes the song with Timberlake, Hills and Timbaland. I really enjoy writing with Justin. We had psychoanalytic sessions whenever we wrote songs first. We’d sit down and we’d start talking about situations. And then we’d start talking about issues or problems or relationships with people. That was the only […]


The artist releases her song, Celebration, from her album with the same name. The song is first titled Celebrate and then later changed to its current name.


Madonna releases Vogue. The song is featured on her album I’m Breathless. I wrote it when I was making Dick Tracy. After we shot the movie, Warren Beatty asked me if I could write a song that would fit my character’s point of view, that she could have conjured up. She was obsessed with speakeasies and movie stars […]

Give It 2 Me

Madonna releases her song featuring Williams, Give It 2 Me, from the album Hard Candy. It’s going to be a great song to do live. I can see the whole place jumping. It’s the ultimate ‘Give me all you’ve got, don’t try to stop me‘. And a great song to work out to.

Hung Up

Madonna releases her song, Hung Up, from her album Confessions On A Dance Floor. Madonna on why this is her first single from the album: Because it’s a bad ass song.

Donna Douglas dies age 82

Douglas dies at 82 from pancreatic cancer at at Baton Rouge General Hospital, near her home in Zachary, Louisiana. Douglas’ death is confirmed by her niece-in-law, Charlene Smith. Smith confirms that the actress was definitely 82 years old at the time of her death, not 81 like some sources have announced: She was 82. She’s going to haunt me […]


The band releases Talk, from X & Y. Martin: What happened with Talk is that it was all going great, and then someone said ‘That should be the first single,’ and we all just freaked out and scrapped it all. I hate choosing singles, it’s so hard. (But) when we heard it mixed properly, it sounded mega.

Fix You

The band releases Fix You, from their album, X & Y. Martin: Because it’s so unlikely that that song would have come out of that period. The rest of that album (X&Y) I like, but I don’t think it’s great. Whereas that song… it’s the best one because it almost single-handedly got us through a really difficult two years. […]

In My Place

The band releases their song, In My Place, from their album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. 


The band releases their song, Trouble, from their album, Parachutes.

Lovers In Japan

The band releases Lovers In Japan, from Viva La Vida. Martin: No one associates romance with Japan. Everyone thinks Japan is just about Hitachi and neon signs, but every time we’re there, we see these amazing sunrises. It’s very sexy.


The band releases Lost+, featuring Jay-Z, from their album, Viva La Vida. Martin: The line in this song ‘Just because I’m losing, doesn’t mean I’m lost‘ is what the whole record came out of, because we were feeling down at the end of the last tour. That line arrived and it was, ‘OK, that’s how we kinda feel. We […]

Speed Of Sound

The band releases their song, Speed Of Sound, from their album, X & Y.

Strawberry Swing

The band releases Strawberry Swing, from their album, Viva La Vida. Champion: A lovely, joyous song. Guy (Berryman, bass) and I have managed to get more groove into this record than we’ve ever managed before. A bit more swagger.

Wins Season 7

Boyd is announced as the winner on the Season 7 live finale. Boyd says he almost quit singing before he participated in the competition: I remember more than a year ago, a little more than a year ago, sitting in a pickup outside a club after I had played to basically no one, and talking with […]

Clocks performance

The band performs their song, Clocks, from their album, Rush Of Blood To The Head, during the show.