After the successful release of her first two singles Everybody and Burning Up, Warner Records gave Madonna the permission to produce her first self-entitled album, Madonna.
28 years later ago today (July 27th, 1983), the world was officially introduced to Madonna.
Reggie Lucas was hired to produce the album, and Madonna started recording Lucky Star, a song written by Madonna, and Borderline, which was a composition of Lucas. As soon as they were both individually released, they started not cooperating of how the album will go. Lucas produced the album his way, while Madonna complained that she had different concepts and ideas. Madonna took the finished but unsatisfactory album to her friend John -Jellybean- Benitez, who remixed and rearranged the whole album.
Jellybean also added a song written by Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens, Holiday. This song would establish Madonna as the new dance act of the early 80s. Of course later it would grow into one of Madonna's best classics. Though the album at first got the name 'Lucky Star', it was released on July 27th, 1983 simply as 'Madonna'. Madonna dedicated the album to her father.
On the album charts, it reached #6 (UK), #8 (US, France), and #10 (Australia). The album spent a total of 168 weeks on the Billboard 200. In October 2000, it was certified 5 times Platinum in the US, while selling over 8 million copies worldwide.
In September 1985, the album was re-issued under the name 'The First Album', using different art work...
In 2001 the album was remastered with improved sound and remixes of Burning Up and Lucky Star, and also using the original art work.
Singles (commercially released tracks)
Everybody - October 1982 (US)
Burning Up - March 1983 (US)
Holiday - October 1983 (US) / February 1984 (Eur.)
Borderline - February 1984 (US) / June 1984 (Eur.)
Lucky Star - August 1984 (US) / April 1984 (Eur.)
Madonna has often stated that her best song from the album is Borderline, and Holiday.
Madonna said that her best music video from the album is Borderline.
Here's Madonna performing Everybody LIVE at Danceteria club in New York City 1982. It's the very first time Madonna performing Everybody, which ended up on Madonna's first album a year later.