Hot 100 Chart Rewind, 2000 – Billboard

It’s not officially billed as “Music”, but Sting can take credit for inspiring Madonna’s song, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks starting on the chart’s date of September 16, 2000.

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“The hook of the song – ‘Music brings people together… Music, mixes the bourgeois and the rebel’ – do you know where I got that idea from?” Madonna asked in 2000 A rolling stone an interview. “At a Sting concert. Strange right?

“OK. I went to see him in New York at the Beacon Theatre,” Madonna explained. “He’s got quite a mixed crowd – I always look at the crowd when I go to concerts. I’m obsessed with checking out the crowd and seeing how they react. And people were quite well mannered and enthusiastically polite about the things he’s been doing since his new album.

“But then when he did the old Police songs – and it was just him and a guitar and the lights went down – somehow the energy in the room changed. It set the room on fire and brought everyone closer to the stage. And suddenly people lost their inhibitions and politeness and everyone was singing the songs and practically holding hands. I mean, it really touched me. And I thought, “This is what music does to people.” It really brings people together and erases so much. That’s how I got to the hook of this song.”

Completed and released as the lead single from the title track of Madonna’s eighth studio album, the song topped the Hot 100 in its sixth week (as Sting’s “Desert Rose” spent its 15th and final run in the top 40). “Music” became Madonna’s 12th No. 1, tying her with The Supremes for the top four since the chart’s inception in August 1958. She and The Supremes currently share the mark for the fifth-biggest No. 1s.

The coronation of “Music” was particularly important in terms of Madonna’s longevity, giving her Hot 100 No. 1s throughout the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s. At the time, only Stevie Wonder (60s, 70s, 80s), Michael Jackson, Elton John (70s, 80s, 90s) and Janet Jackson (80s, 90s, 00s) have also scored No 1s in three different decades – with ‘Music’ dethroning the song that got Janet Jackson into the elite club, ‘Doesn’t Really Matter’.

(Eleven artists to date boast Hot 100 No. 1s for three or more decades, led by Mariah Carey with stints at the top in the ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s. Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Usher, all in the 1990s and 10s, and Beyoncé and Lady Gaga in the 2000s and 20s also achieved this feat.)

of Madonna Music The LP also topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, debuting atop the chart since October 7, 2000 as its fourth leader and first since Like a prayer in 1989. She has since raised her total to nine No. 1 albums by 2019. Madam X.

Music also spawned the No. 4 Hot 100 hit “Don’t Tell Me” in 2001, contributing to her total of 38 top 10s, the most by a woman in the chart’s history, and second only to Drake’s 59.

Most recently, Madonna (whose daughter Lourdes released her debut single “Lock&Key” on Aug. 24) added her 23rd Billboard 200 top 10 on the Sept. 3 chart with Finally enough lovewhich celebrates her record of 50 number 1s on billboardStudy of Dance Club Songs.

“The world needs to dance!” Madonna declared last month. “We’ve been through enough, haven’t we?”

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