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    Confessions on a Dance Floor

    Confessions on a Dance Floor

    Studio album by Madonna

    Released November 11, 2005

    Recorded 2005London, England(Shirland Road, Mayfair Studios)Stockholm, Sweden(Murlyn Studios)

    Genre Pop, dance, electronic

    Length 56:34

    Label Warner Bros.

    Producer Mirwais Ahmadza, Bloodshy & Avant, Madonna, Stuart Price

    Madonna chronology

    Remixed &Revisited

    (2003)

    Confessions on a DanceFloor(2005)

    I'm Going to Tell You aSecret(2006)

    Singles from Confessions on a Dance Floor

    1. "Hung Up"Released: October 17, 2005

    2. "Sorry"Released: February 28, 2006

    3. "Get Together"Released: June 6, 2006

    4. "Jump"Released: October 31, 2006

    Confessions on a Dance Floor is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was releasedon November 11, 2005 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was a complete departure from her previous studioalbum American Life (2003). The album includes influences of 1970s and 1980s disco, as well as modern-day clubmusic. Initially, she began working with Mirwais Ahmadza and recorded two tracks for the album. Madonna feltthat their collaboration was not going in the direction she desired. Madonna took her collaboration with Stuart Pricewho was overviewing her documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. Being tired of all the political diatribes shehad included in her previous works, Madonna felt the need to relax and be in a happy mood. The album was mainlyrecorded at Price's home-studio where Madonna spent most of her time during the recordings.Musically the album is structured like a DJ's set. The songs are sequenced and blended together so that they areplayed continuously without any gaps. The title arrived from the fact that the tracklisting for the album consists oflight-hearted and happy songs in the beginning, and progresses to much darker melodies and lyrics describingpersonal feelings and commitments. Songs on the album use samples and references of music by otherdance-oriented artists like ABBA, Donna Summer, Pet Shop Boys, Bee Gees, and Depeche Mode. Madonnaincorporated references of her older work as well. One of the tracks, "Isaac", was not well received by some Israelirabbis who claimed that the song was about their noted sixteenth-century Kabbalah scholar Yitzhak Luria. Madonnaexplained that the song was named after Yitzhak Sinwani, who appeared as a featured vocalist for the song.

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    Contemporary critics lauded the album calling it a return to form for Madonna. They complimented the fact thatMadonna chose to seek inspiration from the dance music which was reminiscent of her earlier work. Price's musicaldirection was also praised. Madonna was honored with a Grammy Award for "Best Dance/Electronic Album" in2007, as well as "International Female Solo Artist" at the 2006 BRIT Awards. After its release, Confessions on aDance Floor peaked at number one in 40 countries, earning a place in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records asthe album topping the charts in most countries. Released in mid-November 2005, the album's success was such thatit still ranked as the sixth biggest-selling of the year. Worldwide sales of Confessions on a Dance Floor stand at 11million copies.Four singles were released from the album. "Hung Up", the first single, became Madonna's most successful singleworldwide by topping the charts in a total of 41 countries. It was followed by "Sorry" which was another charttopping success. It became Madonna's twelfth number-one single in the United Kingdom. "Get Together" and"Jump" were released as the third and fourth singles respectively, both becoming successful on the dance charts. Thealbum was promoted on the 2006 Confessions Tour, which became the highest grossing tour ever for a female artistat that time.

    Development

    Madonna performing "Jump" on the ConfessionsTour. The song talks about self-empowerment. Itwas released as the fourth single from the album.

    Confessions on a Dance Floor is Madonna's tenth studio album.[1] Itmerged elements from 1970s disco, 1980s electropop and modern dayclub music. She decided to incorporate elements of disco in her songs,with the desire not to remake the music from the past, but to pay tributetowards artists like Bee Gees and Giorgio Moroder.[2] The songsreflected Madonna's thoughts on love, fame and religion, hence thetitle Confessions on a Dance Floor.[3] It was the complete oppositedirection from her previous studio effort American Life (2003).[3] Thesongs on that album were a form of diatribe directed at the Americansociety. However, Madonna decided to take a different direction withthis album. Regarding the development, Madonna commented:

    "When I wrote American Life, I was very agitated by whatwas going on in the world around me, [...] I was angry. Ihad a lot to get off my chest. I made a lot of politicalstatements. But now, I feel that I just want to have fun; I want to dance; I want to feel buoyant. And Iwant to give other people the same feeling. There's a lot of madness in the world around us, and I wantpeople to be happy."[3]

    She started to work with Mirwais Ahmadza with whom she had previously developed her album Music (2000).[3]

    However, that collaboration did not suit Madonna's musical direction. According to Madonna, "[Producer] Mirwaisis also very political, seriously cerebral and intellectual. All we did was sit around, talking politics all the time. So,that couldn't help but find its way into the music. I think there's an angry aspect to the music that directly reflects myfeelings at the time."[2] Hence after recording two songs with Mirwais, Madonna decided to stop the project and startfresh. It was then that she turned to Stuart Price who had served as musical director on her two previous concerttours and co-wrote one song on American Life.[3] They started their collaboration with the intention of creating amovie score. But the plans for the movie were disbanded. Hence Madonna and Price decided to use the compositionsfor the album instead.[3] According to Madonna, it was easy for her to shift from her previous album's sentiments,since she included those political views in her documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret. She elaborated:

    "I was running back and forth, literally, from the editing room with [the documentary's director] Jonas Akerlund to working with Stuart, who was also mixing the music in the film. We were together,

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    non-stop, all of us. Cutting 350 hours of film down to two hours. There are a lot of serious aspects to themovie. I needed a release. When I would go to Stuart's, and we'd go up to his loft, it was like, 'Honey, Iwant to dance.' I wanted to be happy, silly and buoyant. I wanted to lift myself and others up with thisrecord. So, yes, the new album was a reaction to all the other stuff I was doing, which was very seriousin nature. I hope that doesn't imply that I wanted to make a superficial record, because it's not. I wantpeople to smile when they hear this record. I wanted it to put a smile on my face, too."[2]

    Recording

    Madonna performing "I Love New York" on theConfessions Tour. The song talks about

    Madonna's love for New York City.

    In an interview with Billboard, Madonna commented that therecording process was a give-and-take situation. According to her,Price used to stay up all night working on the songs. This was helpedby the fact that he is a DJ and is used to staying awake all night.[2] Thisgave Madonna the chance to work on other aspects of thecompositions. She noted the fact that she and Price had oppositecharacteristics, which helped in their collaboration.[3] The songs weremainly recorded at Price's home.[1] Madonna said:

    "We did a lot of recording at his house. I'd come by in themorning and Stuart would answer the door in his stockingfeet as he'd been up all night. I'd bring him a cup ofcoffee and say, "Stuart, your house is a mess, there's no

    food in the cupboard." Then I'd call someone from my house to bring food over for him. And then we'dwork all day. We're very much the odd couple."[1]

    She further elaborated that their camaraderie was also due to the fact that they had toured together for Madonna'sRe-Invention World Tour. Hence Madonna reflected that her relationship with Price was more of a brother-sisterkind than the formal collaborations she was accustomed to during the recording process.[2]

    Music and lyrics"Can't I love New York the best? There's enough room in my heart for other cities, and there's also a bit of irony in the song, youknow. I actually wrote that while I was on tour and in New York, and I was loving the energy of being here and just feeling like Istuck my finger in an electric socket. I can't wait to do it live I'm going to throw my hair around!"

    Madonna on the song "I Love New York"[3]

    Musically the album is structured like a nightly set composed by a DJ. The music starts out light and happy, and as itprogresses, it becomes intense, with the lyrics dealing more about personal feelings, hence "Confessions".[2]

    According to Madonna, "[t]his is the direction of my record. That's what we intended, to make a record that you canplay at a party or in your car, where you don't have to skip past a ballad. It's nonstop."[3] She also incorporateddisco-oriented influences, such as the prominent use of ABBA samples in "Hung Up", the album's first song.[4] Sheeven sampled ABBA's 1979 hit "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", for which she wrote apersonal letter to songwriters Benny Andersson and Bjrn Ulvaeus, who gave Madonna permission to use thetrack.[5] Samples of other disco-influenced acts, including Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, and Daft Punk, were alsoused on