Main | Wednesday, January 07, 2009

#1 This Week In 1985

Working a bassline ripped from Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, 1984's Like A Virgin became the first of Madonna's twelve #1 singles. Her performance of the song on that year's MTV Awards, during which she dry-humped the stage to hestitant applause from a stunned audience, is considered by some to be one of the most memorable moments in pop music history. It also marked Madonna's entry into superstardom. The single and album of the same name was produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers. His instantly identifiable big spacey productions were also responsible for massive early-mid 80's hits for Diana Ross, David Bowie, INXS, Debbie Harry, Duran Duran and many others. Back then, half the stuff you heard at the clubs had the Nile Rodgers sound. Kind of like the last ten years of Timbaland.

TRIVIA: With Like A Virgin, Madonna became the first female artist in Billboard chart history to top the pop singles and pop album charts simultaneously. The single had six weeks at #1 and was her first Top Ten on the R&B chart.

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