Like a Virgin

Label
Sire/Warner Bros.
Release date
7 Mar 2005
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
42:34

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Material Girl 3:51 366,118
2 Angel 3:56 49,084
3 Like a Virgin 3:11 403,999
4 Over and Over 4:12 35,165
5 Love Don't Live Here Anymore 4:47 39,207
6 Into the Groove 4:43 217,632
7 Dress You Up 4:01 82,144
8 Shoo-Bee-Doo 5:17 27,785
9 Pretender 4:30 27,571
10 Stay 4:06 27,253

About this album

Like a Virgin is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on November 12, 1984 by Sire Records. It was re-released worldwide in 1985, with the inclusion of the bonus track “Into the Groove”. In 2001, Warner Bros. Records released a remastered version with two bonus remix tracks. After the release of her self-titled debut album, Madonna wanted to solidify her future in the music business, by building on the success of the first album. She decided to become one of the record producers, but Warner Bros. was not ready to give her the artistic freedom that she wanted. Nile Rodgers was chosen as the primary producer of the album, due to his work with David Bowie.

The album was recorded at Power Station Studio in New York at a quick pace. Rodgers enlisted the help of his former Chic band mates Bernard Edwards, who was the bassist, and Tony Thompson, who played drums; they appeared on several tracks of the album. Rodgers decided to be the guitarist, when Edwards requested him to do so, in exchange of their help. Jason Corsaro, the record’s audio engineer, persuaded Rodgers to use digital recording, a new technique introduced at that time. The cover sleeve and images were shot by Steven Meisel. Madonna wanted the album title and the cover image to make provocative link between her own religious name Madonna, as the Roman Catholic title for Jesus’ mother Mary, and the Christian concept of the virgin birth.

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