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Vogue (Madonna song)

Vogue (Madonna song)
Single information
AlbumI'm Breathless
B-side"Keep It Together"
ReleasedMarch 20, 1990
FormatCassette, CD, CD maxi, 7", 12"
RecordedDecember 1989 � January 1990
GenreDance-pop, house
Length4:49 (album)
4:19 (single)
5:16 (greatest hits)
LabelSire, Warner Bros.
SongwriterMadonna, Shep Pettibone
ProducerMadonna, Shep Pettibone
Certification(see sales and certifications)
Previous single"Keep It Together"
Next single"Hanky Panky"

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"Vogue" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her soundtrack album I'm Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy) and was released on March 20, 1990, by Sire Records. Madonna was inspired by vogue dancer and choreographers Jose and Luis Xtravaganza from the Harlem "House Ball" community, the origin of the dance Vogue, and they introduced "Vogueing" to her at the New York City club "Sound Factory". Jose Xtravaganza is featured in the Historic Art Documentary How Do I Look, director Wolfgang Busch. It also appears in a slightly remixed and extended form on the 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection and Madonna's third greatest hits album, Celebration.

"Vogue" is a dance-pop and house song which has disco influences. Lyrically, the song is about enjoying oneself on the dancefloor, however, critics have noticed underlying themes of escapism within the song. "Vogue" also contains a spoken part, where Madonna namechecks numerous celebrities of golden era Hollywood. The song has been met with critical appreciation, with reviewers describing it as a it as a standout track in I'm Breathless, and noting its escapist nature. It has been praised for its memorable tune, and it has been noted that "Vogue", a disco song in essence, was successful despite coming years after the commercial "death" of disco music. In 1991, the song, on addition, won a Juno Award for Best Selling International Single and an American Music Award for Favorite Dance Single. Commercially, "Vogue" has become one of Madonna's biggest worldwide hits by topping the charts in over 30 countries, including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. It also became Madonna's first multi-platinum single in the United States and has sold over six million copies worldwide.

Similarly to the song, the Art Deco-themed music video for "Vogue", directed by David Fincher, showed Madonna paying homage to numerous golden era Hollywood actresses. Stylistically, the video takes inspiration from the 1920s and 30s. In the video, which was shot in black-and-white, Madonna and her dancers are also seen vogueing. The video for "Vogue" has been ranked as one of the greatest music videos of all time, and it won three awards at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, for Best Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing, out of a total of nine nominations.

Madonna has performed the song in four of her tours, as well as at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, where she and her dancers wore 18th century Marie Antoinette-inspired fashions. The song has left a legacy, being ranked as one of the best songs of the 1990s. Critics have noted the song and its accompanying video's cultural influence, with the song bringing house music into mainstream American pop; the video, on the other hand, brought vogueing, as a dance form, mainstream, being included as one of the greatest "dance crazes" in pop music in a BBC Three programme. "Vogue" has been covered by numerous artists, such as The Chipettes on their album, Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes; it is also part of the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada, and featured in "The Power of Madonna" episode of American Fox TV show Glee.

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