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Feb 27, 2015 - Madonna talks about "antisemitism" during a interview with Europe 1 radio.– As the international press repeatedly aired Madonna’s stage tumble during the “Brit Awards,” the American singer/actress was addressing more serious issues. During an interview with Europe 1 radio, Madonna said “antisemitism is at an all-time high” in France and throughout Europe. Going even further, she said, “We’re living in crazy times. It feels like Nazi Germany.” Madonna came down hard on France, explaining that the European nation has lost its way and is no longer a beacon of diversity and tolerance. “It was a country that embraced everyone and encouraged freedom in every way, shape or form – artistic expression of freedom,” Madonna said. “Now that’s completely gone.” She continued, “France was once a country that accepted people of color, and was a place artists escaped to, whether it was Josephine Baker or Charlie Parker.”

This is not the first time Madonna has spoken out against bigotry. In 2012, she described Marine Le Pen and her National Front party of France as “fasci…

February 26, 1989 Madonna participated in an AIDS Dance-A-Thon benefit at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

On February 25, 1987, La Isla Bonita was released as the fifth and final single from True Blue album.

La Isla Bonita was released as the fifth and final single from True Blue, album on February 25, 1987. "La Isla Bonita" was written by Patrick Leonard and Bruce Gaitsch. The song was previously written as a lament for the mythical Spanish island called San Pedro and was offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album, who, according to Gaitsch, turned it down. While working with Leonard on the True Blue album, Madonna accepted it in Jackson's place and re-wrote the song's lyrics, thus earning herself a co-writing credit. The song was the first Madonna song to employ Spanish motifs, going so far as to include Spanish lyrics. Madonna described the song as her tribute to the "beauty and mystery of Latin American people". According to her "Latin rhythms often dominate our uptempo compositions. It's like we're possessed. We both think that we were Latin in another life." "La Isla Bonita" is noted for being the first Madonna song to have a S…

March 2, 1985 "Crazy for You" from the soundtrack album Vision Quest was released.

"Crazy for You" is a song by Madonna from the soundtrack album to the 1985 film Vision Quest. It was released on March 2, 1985 by Geffen Records as the first single from the soundtrack. The song appears remixed on the greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection (1990) and was re-released on February 24, 1991 by Sire Records to promote the album.  The song was also included on the ballads compilation Something to Remember (1995) and the greatest hits compilation Celebration (2009). Producers Jon Peters and Peter Guber, along with music director Phil Ramone, decided to use Madonna after listening to her previous recordings, employing John Bettis and Jon Lind to write the song. After reading the script of the film, Bettis and Lind wrote the song about the situation in which the lead characters meet at a nightclub. Initial recording sessions did not impress Bettis and Lind, and they felt that "Crazy for You" would be dropped from the soundtrack. However, a new…

Madonna accepts the GRAMMY for Best Pop Album at the 41st GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 24, 1999, in Los Angeles.

On February 24, 1999, Madonna opened the 41st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with a performance of "Nothing Really Matters". During the performance, she was backed by dancers in Asian-themed garb and a shirtless man who twirled a flaming stick, in front of a faux Japanese rock garden.

Best Pop Album
Ray Of Light

Madonna & William Orbit, producers; Jon Ingoldsby, Pat McCarthy & David
Reitzas, engineers/mixers 

Best Dance Recording
"Ray Of Light"
Madonna, Pat McCarthy & William Orbit, producers/mixers
Track from: Ray Of Light 

Best Short Form Music Video
"Ray Of Light"
Jonas Akerlund, video director; Nicola Doring & Billy Poveda, video producers 

Best Recording Package
Ray Of Light
Kevin Reagan, art director (Madonna)


On January 24 1998, Madonna performed Frozen for the very first time. It was at the Sanremo Music Festival, in Sanremo, Italy, that she first promoted the song, and the forthcoming album, Ray of Light.

"Beautiful Stranger" won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture.

Madonna, “Beautiful Stranger” “Beautiful Stranger” was written by Madonna and William Orbit — who produced her 1998 album Ray of Light — specifically for the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack. While the song was never released as a commercial single (it was an album exclusive), it still managed to reach No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media at the 2000 Grammys.

22 February 1998 - Madonna's Album "Ray of Light" was released in Japan.

Ray of Light was released in Japan on February 22, 1998, with an additional Japan-only bonus track "Has to Be". The album was later released in the United States on March 3, 1998

Ray of Light is the seventh studio album by Madonna, released on February 22, 1998 by Maverick Records. After giving birth to her first child, Lourdes, Madonna started working on the album with producers Babyface and Patrick Leonard. Following failed sessions with them, Madonna pursued a new musical direction with English producer William Orbit. The recording took place over four months and experienced problems with Orbit's hardware Pro Tools arrangement, which would break down, and recording would have to be delayed until they could be repaired.

A major departure from her previous work, Ray of Light is an electronica record which incorporates several genres, including techno, trip hop, drum and bass, ambient, rock, and classical music. Vocally, the album saw Madonna sing with greater breadth and …

2 February 1993 - Madonna's single "Bad Girl" was released..!!

CreditsWritten by Madonna and Shep Pettibone
Produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone
Sequencing, keyboards and programming 

by Shep Pettibone and Tony Shimkin
Additional keyboards by Joe Moskowitz

Bad Girl, released worldwide as the third single in February 202 1993, suffered the most from the Erotica controversy, reaching a poor #36 in the US, #10 in the UK, #5 in Canada, #11 in Japan and #32 in Australia. VideoAs a single Bad Girl might have scored rather poorly, but the video by David Fincher is a true masterpiece. Actor Christopher Walken is a guardian angel, watching over bad girl Madonna. But he can't stop her from enjoying that 'sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll'... The video has some cool visual effects; definitely among Madonna's best!
LyricsSomething's missing and I don't know why
I always feel the need to hide my feelings from you
Is it me or you that I'm afraid of
I tell myself I'll show you what I'm made of
Can't bring myself to let you go