Music (Madonna album)

Studio album by Madonna
Released September 18, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Studio Sarm East and Sarm West
(London, England)
Guerilla Beach Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
The Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
Length 44:40
Madonna chronology
Ray of Light
Singles from Music
  1. "Music"
    Released: August 18, 2000
  2. "Don't Tell Me"
    Released: November 21, 2000
  3. "What It Feels Like for a Girl"
    Released: April 16, 2001

Music is the eighth studio album by American singer Madonna, released on September 18, 2000 by Maverick and Warner Bros. Records. Following the success of her previous album Ray of Light (1998), she intended to embark on a tour. However, her record company encouraged her to return to the studio and record new music before going on the road. Her collaboration with producers Mirwais Ahmadzaï and William Orbit resulted a more experimental direction for the album. Music has an overall dance-pop and electronica vibe, with influences from rock, country and folk. The album was mostly recorded at Sarm West and East Studios in London, England. Elaborating country theme for the album, Madonna reinvented her image as a cowgirl.

Music received positive reviews from most critics and earned Madonna five Grammy Award nominations, ultimately winning one for Best Recording Package. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it number 452 on the magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The record was also a commercial success, debuting at number one in over 23 countries across the world and selling four million copies in its first ten days of release. In the United States, Music debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 420,000 units, making it her first album to top the chart in more than a decade since Like a Prayer (1989). It was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for three million units shipped in the United States and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling albums during the 2000s century.

The album was promoted with her concerts at Brixton Academy and Roseland Ballroom, as well as several television performances such as the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards and the 43rd Grammy Awards. The album was supported by the Drowned World Tour, which grossed over US$75 million, making it the highest-grossing tour by a solo act of 2001 (the fourth overall). Three singles were released from the album. Its lead single, "Music", topped the record charts in 25 countries worldwide and became Madonna's 12th number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It was followed with another Hot 100 top-five hit "Don't Tell Me" and "What It Feels Like for a Girl" which attained the top-ten position in several countries worldwide. "Impressive Instant" was released as promotional single, peaking at number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.


After the critical and commercial success of her album Ray of Light (1998), Madonna intended to embark on a new concert tour in September 1999, but due to the delay of her film The Next Best Thing, which she started filming in April 1999, the tour was cancelled.[1] In June 1999, Madonna released a song recorded for the film Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, called "Beautiful Stranger". It peaked number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy at the 42nd Grammy Awards for "Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media."[2] In March 2000, Madonna released a cover version of Don McLean's "American Pie" (1971) as part of the soundtrack of the film The Next Best Thing. The song received mixed reviews, and was a success in European charts. Although not released commercially in the United States, it reached number 29 on the Hot 100 chart due to strong radio airplay.[3][4][5][6]

By 2000, she became pregnant with her son Rocco, from her relationship with director Guy Ritchie.[7] Wanting to distract herself from the media frenzy surrounding this news, Madonna concentrated on the development of her eighth studio album, entitled Music. Buoyed by the commercial success of her previous album, she was keen on getting back to the studio to record new music. Madonna was well disposed towards William Orbit, producer of Ray of Light, but by 2000, his production and sound had become ubiquitous. Also, the music scene was being dominated by a younger generation of singers like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, prompting Madonna to look for a distinctive sound within this market.[8] She was then introduced to French DJ and producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï. Madonna instantly liked his pitch-shifting, pulverizing rhythms and his utilization of acid bass in his songs. Ahmadzaï always preferred taking musical risks and hence he wanted the collaborations with Madonna to get out the best from the singer.[9] Before the album was released, Madonna recorded a statement to her fans, stating about the album and Ahmadzaï:

"Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on... Hi, it's Madonna. You've probably been hearing about my new record, 'Music', for a while. Well, I just wanted to make sure you knew that the single is gonna drop very soon. I worked on it with a French guy named Mirwais, and he is the shit. The album will be released worldwide on September 19, and I hope you like my music."[10]


Madonna and her dancers performing the title-track "Music", during the Rebel Heart Tour (2015–16).

Madonna approached British house DJ Sasha to work on her album, and began writing new material together.[11] Madonna also planned to continue her work with Orbit for the album. He commented that the material was "quite a little edgier than Ray of Light, elaborating that "It's almost like we started off with a lot of slow ballad songs and she's started to kind of chuck 'em out in favor of more edgy tracks. The album is getting more kind of fast, very European sounding, very English and French sounding, naturally, 'cause everybody working on it apart from her is English or French. Pretty exciting, actually. It's like a follow-up for Ray Of Light without stopping still. It's perfect".[12] But after some recording sessions, she felt she needed a different sound for her project, scrapping most of the material and began looking for new producers to work with.[13] Recording sessions began in January 2000 at Sarm West and East Studios in London, England.[9]

It was then that French producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï was introduced by Madonna's partner Guy Oseary. In an interview with CNN, she stated, "Guy Oseary, my partner at Maverick [Records], was given a demo by a French artist called Mirwais. [He] slipped it to me and said, 'What do you think [of him] as an artist to sign at Maverick?' [...] I just said 'Oh my God, this is what I want.' I just flipped over it and said, 'Please find out if he wants to work with me.'"[14] Ahmadzaï spoke little English, and Madonna commented: "The first couple of days we were recording, I wanted to rip my hair out. [...] It didn't seem like there was any way for us to communicate. His manager had to come in and translate everything at first."[15]

She also commented about working with Ahmadzaï and the other producers of the album: "I love to work with the weirdos that no one knows about—the people who have raw talent and who are making music unlike anyone else out there. Music is the future of sound."[16] Madonna had later proclaimed Ahmadzaï to be a musical "genius".[15] In an interview with MTV's Total Request Live, she said Ahmadzaï was "really influenced by 1970s funk and R&B" and said that the album was "more electronic than her last record, but it is edgier and a bit funkier".[17] Talking about the inspiration behind Music, Madonna said the album was "To join the coldness or the remoteness of living in the machine age in the world of high technology with warmth and compassion and a sense of humor. [...] Music is supposed to be a reflection of what's going on in society, and as far as I'm concerned, we've become too complacent."[18] In an interview with The Face, Madonna was questioned about her mood while developing the album. She commented,

"To tell you the truth, I didn't know what the mood was. I feel like an animal that's, like, ready to be sprung from a cage. I've been living a pretty low-key domestic existence and I miss things. Like, I miss performing, and dancing, and being on the road, that kind of energy. So part of the record is about that. And then the other part is about love. So there's the frivolous side of my life and then there's the –hopefully– non-frivolous side of my life. I usually make a record that's one or the other, and I feel I did both on this one".[19]

Music structure and lyrics

"The first time we cut vocals, my headphones had a little reverb, but there was none on the board when they recorded me. At first, I was mildly freaked out. It sounded so raw. But then I got into the intimacy of how the vocal was presented. In fact, I got into it to the point where I insisted that there be no effects on my vocals anywhere on the album, regardless of the producer."

Madonna about the vocoder's vocal distortion on the song "Nobody's Perfect".[15]

Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani described the album as having a "more experimental direction".[20] With The Face magazine, Madonna explained her inspirations behind the songs and the music of Music. She said, "This record, more than any other records, covers all the areas of my life. I left off partying on Ray of Light. But I'd just had a baby, so my mood was complete, like wonderment of life, and I was incredibly thoughtful and retrospective and intrigued by the mystical aspects of life."[19] Madonna also summed it up as "Funky, electronic music blended with futuristic folk. Lots of jangly guitars and moody melancholic lines."[21] "Music", the title track is the first featured on the record. Starting with Madonna's androgynous voice saying "Hey Mr. DJ, put a record on, I wanna dance with my baby". Above this lyric, Madonna's voice electronically manipulated asks "Do you like to boogie woogie?". According to Santiago Fouz-Hernández in his book Madonna's Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to Her Cultural Transformations, "Music" is a 'disco anthem, and the beat commands [the people] to get up and dance'. He also said that the song is an expression to her public and it is one of Madonna's catchiest singles of her career.[22] The second track "Impressive Instant" is a club-savvy stomper marked by futuristic keyboard lines and vocals that darken from distorted, and robotic passages. Madonna claimed that the song was the hardest to write.[15][18] Madonna sings, "I like to singy, singy, singy, like a bird on a wingy, wingy, wingy", with childlike abandon amid a vibrant, celebratory swirl of electronic keyboard riffs and thumpy dance beats.[15]

The third track, "Runaway Lover", is a trance/house rave track. It is one of Madonna's collaborations with William Orbit for the album. The following track, "I Deserve It", is an acoustic-framed track that is anchored by a hip-hop inflected groove. Madonna said the track "has the strangest juxtaposition of this folky, simple song and this high-tech, ominous synth line." The song lends weight to rich, introspective lyrics, such as the chorus lines: "Many miles, many roads I have traveled, fallen down of the way/Many hearts, many years have unraveled, leading up to today." "Amazing", the fifth track, is a vibrant tempo-shifter that opens with a soft, music-box-like keyboard/string flourish. The song has been compared by Madonna to "Beautiful Stranger" (1999), saying the reason she fought with her record company to cancel the release as a single was because of the similarity. The sixth track, "Nobody's Perfect", includes ethereal vocals and a dreamy keyboard. The following track and second single, "Don't Tell Me", was written by Joe Henry, Madonna's brother-in-law. He performed and released the track, originally named "Stop", on his 2001 album Scar. His wife Melanie sent a demo of the track to her sister, who liked it and recorded her version. It is framed by soft acoustic guitars and subtle keyboard lines.[15] The eighth track and third single, "What It Feels Like for a Girl", comments on female role-playing in society. The following track, "Paradise (Not for Me)", has lyrics sung in French, and the lyric "I can't remember, when I was young, I can't explain if it was wrong" reflected an artistic palette, "encompassing diverse musical, textual and visual styles in its lyrics."[23] Musically, it draws influence from Edith Piaf.[15] The song was also included on Mirwais Ahmadzaï's album Production.[19] The tenth and final track on the album, "Gone", contrasts acoustic guitars with electronic elements. Soulful vocals give depth to such striking, cautionary lyrics as "Turn to stone, lose my faith, and I'll be gone."[15]


Madonna and her dancers dressed as cowboys during the performance of "Don't Tell Me" on the Drowned World Tour, 2001

For the artwork for Music, Madonna wore a blue shirt, jeans, red boots and a blue cowboy hat. In it, she faces the camera, while in the background a car and a gas station are seen. The country was a constant theme throughout the design, as the album's title, which was a logo that simulated a buckle, showing the silhouette of a cowboy while riding a horse and a yellow background; the bright colors give a sharp contrast compared to the photograph.[24] Photo sessions were conducted by Jean Baptiste Mondino, who had worked previously with the singer on photoshoots and music videos.[25] According to Fouz-Hernández, the artwork is "a complete celebration to the field" western United States.[26] He also added that it "is camp, notably Madonna's combination of Western clothing with expensive shoes and bright red high heels. In particular, there is a clear evocation of Judy Garland – a major gay icon – in the artwork".[27] The art direction and design for the album were done by Kevin Reagan.[28]

The pictures were shot in Los Angeles, California, in April 2000. In an interview with CNN's Style with Elsa Klensch, Mondino said that he was the one who had the idea of the western themes for the album, and also stated: "[Madonna] wasn't sure at first, but I told her that if she didn't like it I won't charge her. But she loved the final result!".[29] Madonna also decided to use her new country style during her public appearances for Music's promotion; including jeans, shirts and cowboy hats.[30] On her next tour in 2001, Madonna included a segment based entirely on this ambient.[31] Meanwhile, Fouz-Hernández explained that "in this appearance Madonna may be parodying and criticizing Country, which symbolizes among other things, the supremacy of the white man, the ambition of the European pioneers and the American Dream. However, we do not realize that while recognizing the importance that the country has in American popular culture, and joins a long list of artists who have done this previously.[32] Despite this, the cowgirl image of Madonna has become one of her most recognized reinventions.[33][34]


A Madonna's hat during the album era.

On August 22, 2000, a month before the album's official release, all tracks from Music were leaked online through Napster.[35] The album was finally released September 18, 2000 in the United Kingdom, by Maverick Records.[36] It was released worldwide on September 19, 2000, under Maverick, and distributed by Warner Bros. Records.[37] At the same time, it was released as a limited edition which contained a 24-page booklet about the album, a brooch copper with the album's logo and two stickers, wrapped in a linen cloth available in four different colors.[38] The Japanese edition was published on September 15, 2000, and contained two bonus tracks, "American Pie" and "Cyber-raga".[39] Additionally, the European version contained only "American Pie" as a bonus track.[40] It was not added as a bonus track except in the United States and Canada.[41] Madonna commented that "It was something a certain record company executive twisted my arm into doing", and said she regretted putting the song on the album.[42] Also, users who downloaded the album using Apple's QuickTime application had exclusive access to two remixes of "Music".[43] The edition released in Mexico contains as bonus tracks "Lo Que Siente La Mujer", a Spanish version of "What It Feels Like for a Girl" and a remix of the same song by the group Above & Beyond.[44] For the Drowned World Tour, it was released as a special edition with a bonus CD with remixes and the video of "What It Feels Like for a Girl".[45]

Madonna chatted with fans through her first live chat on AOL on the day of Music' release.[46] In order to celebrate the album's release, Madonna had a release party at dance emporium Catch One in Los Angeles, California, on September 20, 2000. The £1.4 million party paid by the singer's record company Warner Bros. and Us magazine was attended by 600 select guests who received special invitations. The party invites were sent out in white leather boxes, lined with black fur. A gold necklace was inside with letters spelling out the album's title, and only those wearing the necklaces would be allowed in to the club. More than a dozen strippers were in attendance to keep the party in the same theme as from the music video for "Music".[47] She sported a five-carat diamond ring Ritchie gave her for her birthday, and a black T-shirt that read "Snatch Coming Soon" promoting Ritchie's film, while Ritchie promoted Madonna's album wearing a T-shirt with the word Music emblazoned on it.[48] Among those who attended the party were Sheryl Crow, Gwen Stefani, Maverick Records' head Guy Oseary, and George Clinton, who arrived with Macy Gray in a horse-drawn carriage. Madonna's then-boyfriend Guy Ritchie was initially denied access into the VIP lounge by a security guard. He apparently got into a shoving match with a bodyguard who did not know who he was.[49]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB[52]
Los Angeles Times[53]
Melody Maker[54]
Rolling Stone[57]
Slant Magazine[20]
The Village VoiceA[59]

Music received critical acclaim; it holds a score of 80 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 16 professional reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[50] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the album's layered music and described Madonna's collaboration with Mirwais as the reason why the album "comes alive with spark and style".[51] Dimitri Ehrlich from Vibe called the album "a masterpiece of brilliantly arranged keyboards, futuristic drums, and electronica dressings. With folky acoustic guitars and a vaguely spiritual bent to her lyrics (like those on Ray of Light), it's a weird and fresh-sounding album."[60] Andrew Lynch of, who gave the album three out of five stars, claimed that it contains "brilliant futuristic dance music", yet, claimed that the lyrics were "trite".[61] Robert Christgau from The Village Voice said the record has "consistency and flow" because all of its songs are good and lowbrow: "From Vocoder to cowgirl suit, she's got her sass back."[59] David Browne was less enthusiastic in Entertainment Weekly, calling it "her most patchwork record since the Sean Penn years... In the way it tiptoes around sundry moods and beats, Music is frustratingly inconsistent, as if Madonna herself weren't sure where to venture next. At times, it feels like a collection of sounds -- clever, intriguing ones, to be sure -- that seek to compensate for ordinary melodies and Madonna's stoic delivery."[52]

Spin said that the album "is a much-needed breath of fresh VapoRub."[58] Danny Eccleston, in a review for Q, called it a "brave, radical and punchy (at a refreshing 49 minutes in length) album".[56] A retrospective review in Blender remarked: "Her first 'headphones album'... It's more playful and less pompous than Ray of Light."[62] Rolling Stone stated that the album was a rough and improvised version of Ray of Light, but lauded that Madonna had chosen to make a more "instinctive" record than her previous endeavours.[57] Mojo magazine said that "Music is fitful and its charms aren't all immediate, but Madonna is still doing what she does best--giving a lick of pop genius to the unlikely genre of experimental dance music."[50] NME said that Music is "vocodered, stretched, distorted, warped, deliberately upstaged by beats so showy they belong in a strip joint - quite simply, she's almost managed to make herself disappear. That bluntly explicit title isn't just pointless irony. This record is about the music, not Madonna; about the sounds, not the image."[55] Slant Magazine criticised Madonna's collaborations with William Orbit, who had worked with her on Ray of Light, calling them repetitive and uninteresting despite being catchy.[20] In 2015, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone said that Music is "still [Madonna's] hardest-rocking and most seductive album."[63]

Music was voted the 16th best record of 2001 in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published by The Village Voice.[64] The album earned Madonna a total of five Grammy Award nominations. In 2001, it won "Best Recording Package" and was nominated for "Best Pop Vocal Album", while the title track was nominated for "Record of the Year" and "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance".[28] In 2002, Madonna received one more nomination for "Don't Tell Me" in the "Best Short Form Music Video" category. On NME's list of the 50 best albums of 2000, Music was ranked at number 47.[65] In 2003, the album is listed at number 452 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is Madonna's fourth album on the list, the most among female artists.[66] Music is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[67] Slant Magazine included the album on their list of "The Best Albums of the Aughts" at number 31.[68] Spin Magazine named "Music" the 18th best album of the year 2000.[69]

Commercial performance

Faraway image of a blond woman singing in front of a bloomy backdrop. She is wearing a black blouse and pants of the same color. She is holding a black guitar and a microphone to her mouth.
Madonna performing "Paradise (Not for Me)" from the album on the Confessions Tour, 2006.

Ten days after the album's release, CNN reported that it had sold over four million copies worldwide.[14] Music debuted at number-one in 23 countries. It debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 with over 420,000 copies sold. It became the first Madonna album to reach the top of the charts in eleven years in the region, since Like a Prayer (1989).[70] The album was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on November 21, 2005.[71] As of August 2010, Music has sold 2,925,000 copies there according to Nielsen SoundScan.[72] In Canada, the album debuted at the top of the Canadian RPM Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for shipments of 300,000 copies.[73]

Throughout Europe, the album also did well on its charts. On October 1, 2000, Music debuted at number one on the Austrian Albums Chart, spending a total of forty weeks in the chart.[74] The song achieved relatively good charting in both the Flemish and Wallonian territories in Belgium, peaking at numbers two and four, respectively.[75] On the French Albums Chart, the album debuted at number one, staying 67 weeks on the chart, before falling out on June 29, 2002.[76] The song was certified twice platinum by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP).[77] Music debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.[78] The album was certified five times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.[79] On September 28, 2000, Music debuted at number one on the Swedish Singles Chart, before falling out at number 52.[80] Similarly in Switzerland, the album also peaked at number one, and spent 42 weeks fluctuating inside the chart.[81]

In Australia, Music peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart failing to reach the top spot due to the success of The Games of the XXVII Olympiad: Official Music from the Opening Ceremony.[82] The album was certified three times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[83] In New Zealand, Music debuted and peaked at number two on October 8, 2000, staying on the chart for thirty-three weeks.[84] Music The album debuted at number seven on the Oricon weekly album chart in Japan.[85] Overall, in 2000, the album became the eighth bestselling album of the year,[86] with worldwide sales over fifteen million copies.[87]


"Music" was released as the lead single from the album on August 21, 2000 by Warner Bros. Records. "Music" has been praised by contemporary critics. Some compared it with Madonna's older songs, like "Into the Groove (1985) and "Holiday" (1983).[88][89] "Music" achieved international success by topping the charts in 25 countries worldwide.[90] It became Madonna's 12th number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100, making Madonna the second artist to achieve number one hits in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s on the Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, "Music" peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart.[91][92] "Don't Tell Me" was released on November 21, 2000 as the second single from the album. It reached at number four and spent eight weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.[93] The song topped the music charts in the Canada, Italy and New Zealand and attained top-ten positions on the charts of many other European nations.[94] In 2005, the song was placed at number 285 on Blender magazine's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".[95]

"What It Feels Like for a Girl" was released as the third and final single from the album, on April 17, 2001. It received positive appreciation from contemporary critics. The song lost the top-twenty on the official chart of the United States, but it was a success on the US dance charts.[96] The music video, directed by Guy Ritchie, portrays Madonna as an angry woman on a crime spree. Reviewers criticized the video for being overly violent and graphic.[97] The video was banned from most North American and European video stations, receiving only early hours play.[98] "Impressive Instant" was released as a club promo only single with remixes by Peter Rauhofer on September 18, 2001.[99] It went to number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart where it stayed for two weeks.[100][101] The song was intended by Madonna to be released as the fourth single off Music but Madonna's recording company wanted "Amazing" to be the next single. Madonna felt that "Amazing" was too similar to her previous single "Beautiful Stranger" (1999), so they were deadlocked.[102] Warner Bros. planned to move forward with the release of "Amazing" without Madonna's help since she was too busy preparing for her next tour, and planned to promote the single with a music video cut from the live version of "Amazing" from Madonna's Drowned World Tour, but she scrapped the song from the set list to be sure that Warner Bros. could not promote it, and the fourth single idea was over.[102]


Live performances

Image of a blond woman wearing a black outfit with a red skirt. She's surrounded by several people wearing gas masks.
Madonna performing promotional single "Impressive Instant" during the Drowned World Tour.

Following the album's release and motherhood, Madonna appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in November 3, 2000, being the first time since her controversial appearance in 1994, and performed "Don't Tell Me".[103] Madonna made a concert on November 5, 2000, at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Accompanying musicians performing with Madonna were Mirwais Ahmadzaï on guitar and longtime backing singers Niki Haris and Donna DeLory.[104] The costumes for the show and the set was designed by Dolce & Gabbana. Songs performed included "Impressive Instant", "Runaway Lover", "Don't Tell Me", "What It Feels Like for a Girl", and "Music". In the performance of New York, she wore a T-shirt with "Britney Spears" written on it.[104] She then traveled to Europe to further promote the album. The singer performed "Don't Tell Me" on German game-show Wetten, dass..? on November 11, 2000.[105] At the MTV Europe Music Awards 2000, Madonna performed "Music" on November 16, 2000 in Stockholm, Sweden. After being introduced by Ali G as "Maradona", she performed the song wearing a T-shirt with the name of Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue printed on it.[106] She later performed "Don't Tell Me" and "Music" on British television program Top of The Pops, in an appearance aired on November 17.[107]

On November 24, 2000, Madonna performed the latter songs live on French television program Nulle Part Ailleurs.[108][109] Madonna then played another concert on November 29, 2000, at Brixton Academy in London. It was shown via the internet to an estimated record-breaking 9 million viewers across the world.[110] The setlist was the same from the Roseland Ballroom's concert, with the song "Holiday" being added to the setlist.[111] The singer Richard Ashcroft and the Scottish band Texas opened the concert.[112] Madonna then performed "Don't Tell Me" on Carràmba! Che fortuna in Italy, on December 2, 2000.[113] In February 21, 2001, she performed "Music" at the 2001 Grammy Awards.[114] For the performance, the stage had five giant video screens, which showed images from her career. Madonna entered onto the stage in a classic Cadillac driven by rapper Bow Wow. The singer emerged from the back seat of the car in a full-length fur coat and a hat, quickly removing the clothes to reveal a tight leather jacket and jeans.[115] She removed her jacket to reveal a black tank top with the words "Material Girl" printed on it.[116] Host Jon Stewart commented right after, talking about how he was getting older and commenting, "As I was watching Madonna writhing around on the hood of the car, all I could think was — that’s really gonna drive up her insurance premiums".[117]


Main article: Drowned World Tour

To promote Music and Ray of Light, Madonna embarked on her fifth concert tour, the Drowned World Tour. It started in June 2001 and was Madonna's first tour in eight years since The Girlie Show World Tour (1993). The tour was to be started before the year 2000,[118] but she had become pregnant with her son Rocco Ritchie, released Music that year, and married Guy Ritchie in December 2000.[119][120] When Madonna finally decided to go on the tour, time was short and she had to prepare the show within three months. Jamie King was signed up as the creative director and the choreographer of the show.[121] The tour was divided into five segments, namely punk, geisha, cowboy, Latin and ghetto. Each segment represented a phase of Madonna's career. Several changes were made to the final shows in Los Angeles after the September 11 attacks: Madonna wore an American flag kilt during the show's opening segment as a display of patriotism, the closing of "Mer Girl" (part II) was altered to remove the staged shooting of a character; Madonna instead put the gun down, hugged him and they left the stage together. The macabre cannibalism-themed "Funny Song" was removed.[122] The tour received positive reviews.[123] The tour was a commercial success, grossing a total of US$75 million, and it was the top concert tour of a solo artist in 2001.[124] The tour received the Major Tour of the Year and Most Creative Stage Production awards nominations at the 2001 Pollstar awards, but lost them to U2.[125] The concert was broadcast live on HBO from The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan August 26, 2001.[126] The Drowned World Tour 2001 DVD was released in all regions on November 13, 2001.[127]

Track listing

Music – Standard edition
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Music"  
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
2. "Impressive Instant"  
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
3. "Runaway Lover"  
  • Madonna
  • Orbit
4. "I Deserve It"  
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
5. "Amazing"  
  • Madonna
  • Orbit
  • Madonna
  • Orbit
6. "Nobody's Perfect"  
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
7. "Don't Tell Me"  
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
8. "What It Feels Like for a Girl"  
9. "Paradise (Not for Me)"  
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
  • Madonna
  • Ahmadzaï
10. "Gone"  
  • Madonna
  • Damian Le Gassick
  • Nik Young
  • Madonna
  • Orbit
  • Stent


Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[41]

  • Sean Spuehler – engineer, programming
  • Tim Lambert – assistant engineer
  • Chris Ribando – assistant engineer
  • Dan Vickers – assistant engineer
  • Tim Young – mastering
  • Michel Colombier – string arrangement
  • Kevin Reagan – art direction, design
  • Matthew Lindauer – design
  • Jean-Baptiste Mondino – photography


Weekly charts

Charts (2000) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[82] 2
Austrian Albums Chart[74] 1
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[75] 2
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[75] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[129] 1
Danish Albums Chart[130] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[131] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[132] 1
French Albums Chart[76] 1
German Albums Chart[133] 1
Greek Albums Chart[134] 1
Irish Albums Chart[135] 1
Italian Albums Chart[136] 1
Japanese Albums Chart[85] 7
New Zealand Albums Chart[84] 2
Norway Albums Chart[137] 1
Polish Albums Chart[138] 1
Spanish Albums Chart[139] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[80] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[81] 1
Taiwan Albums Chart[134] 1
UK Albums Chart[78] 1
US Billboard 200[70] 1
Chart (2006) Peak
Danish Albums Chart[140] 24

Year-end charts

Chart (2000) Rank
Australian Albums Chart[141] 23
Austrian Albums Chart[142] 16
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[143] 22
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[144] 20
Danish Albums Chart[145] 9
Dutch Albums Chart[146] 18
European Albums Chart [147] 12
Finnish Albums Chart[148] 65
French Albums Chart[149] 13
German Albums Chart[150] 13
Italian Albums Chart[151] 8
Swiss Albums Chart[152] 8
UK Albums Chart[153] 10
US Billboard 200[154] 64
Chart (2001) Rank
Australian Albums Chart[155] 23
Austrian Albums Chart[156] 32
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[157] 36
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[158] 34
Dutch Albums Chart[159] 43
European Albums Chart[160] 10
French Albums Chart[161] 37
German Albums Chart[162] 20
Swiss Albums Chart[163] 20
UK Albums Chart[164] 41
US Billboard 200[154] 49
Worldwide [165] 19

Decade-end charts

Chart (2000s) Rank
UK Albums Chart[166] 52
U.S. Billboard 200[167] 159


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[168] Platinum 60,000*
Australia (ARIA)[169] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[170] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[171] 3× Platinum 150,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[172] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[173] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[174] 2× Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[175] Gold 32,515[175]
France (SNEP)[176] 2× Platinum 680,000[177]*
Germany (BVMI)[178] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[179] Gold 10,000*
Hungary (MAHASZ)[180] Gold 25,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[181] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[182] 2× Platinum 160,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[183] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[184] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[139] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[185] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[186] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[187] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[188] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[189] 5× Platinum 5,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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