Madonna news - July 2024

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Madonna reflects on 'miraculous recovery' on anniversary of hospitalization: 'Life is beautiful'

Source: Billboard - 5 July 2024

Madonna is reflecting on her growth since the health scare last summer that led to the Queen of Pop being induced into a coma for 48 hours in the ICU.

”Happy 4th of July,” the superstar wrote alongside a series of gorgeous selfies and snaps from her glitzy NYC celebration with friends. For the festivities, Madonna opted for a silky red gown, paired with matching fingerless gloves and layers of silver jewelry.

”A year ago today, I had just come home from the hospital after surviving a life threatening illness, I could barely stand in my backyard holding one sparkler,” she continued in the caption. “I made a miraculous recovery and had an amazing year. Thank you God. Life is beautiful!”

In June of 2023, Madonna spent several days in the hospital due to a bacterial infection. The hospitalization forced the star to put her massive, career-spanning Celebration Tour on pause, though the rescheduled dates began in the fall and continued through the spring earlier this year.

Madonna released her first statement after her hospitalization in July, thanking fans for their positive energy and assuring that she’s feeling better. “I have felt your love. I’m on the road to recovery and incredibly grateful for all the blessings in my life,” wrote the singer.

The six-month Celebration Tour closed with $225.4 million and 1.1 million tickets sold over 80 shows, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

The Celebration Tour is Madonna’s sixth trek to gross more than $100 million. The only other acts to achieve this feat are the Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and U2, making her the sole woman in this elite group.

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Vogue finally receives Triple Platinum certification, becomes Madonna's biggest single

Source: Forbes - 2 July 2024

Madonna has a catalog filled with hit singles that the world seems to know every word to. It’s hard to pick which of her smashes might be her “biggest,” but now one track has emerged as her most successful, at least in the U.S.—and according to one metric.

Vogue” has been certified three-times platinum by the RIAA. The Recording Industry Association of America has confirmed that the hit single has now moved at least three million equivalent units in the U.S. alone. That figure includes many actual purchases, as well as streaming equivalents.

Madonna's Vogue is now her most-certified single ever, as it hits triple platinum status decades after it was released. (Photo by Gie Knaeps/Getty Images)

Now that it’s a triple platinum smash, “Vogue” is Madonna’s biggest hit in the U.S.—or at least her most certified. Before this latest honor was bestowed in late June, the tune was tied with “4 Minutes” as her highest-certified tune. That cut is steady at two-times platinum.

Madonna has been on a winning streak with the RIAA lately. In June alone, she earned several new certifications, and they marked her first new honors from the organization (among her songs, at least) in years.

Last month, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” went from gold status to platinum. It took decades for that transition to happen, but the smash has finally moved one million equivalent units. Around the same time, “Into the Groove” went gold, collecting its first certification of any kind.

Vogue” was certified both gold and platinum on the same day. On June 14, 1990, the hit single reached one tier and then the next. Just two weeks later, before July of that year rolled around, the track moved up to double platinum status. It’s remained there for more than 30 years, until now.

Madonna’s total count of gold and platinum songs is smaller than most fans would predict, but that doesn’t mean that her music isn’t as commercially successful or popular as some would have guessed. Back when Madonna first became a star, it was harder for tracks and albums to go gold and platinum. Only pure sales were counted, whereas now, streaming activity helps make many popular titles certified wins. Older acts, whose hits had their moment, often take much longer to score the same plaques as current tunes do in a matter of months.

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