She's Madonna

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"She's Madonna"
Single by Robbie Williams featuring Pet Shop Boys
from the album Rudebox
B-side "Never Touch That Switch"
Released 5 March 2007
Format CD single, DVD single
Recorded 2007; London, United Kingdom
Genre Pop
Length 4:16
Label Chrysalis, EMI
Writer(s) Robbie Williams
Neil Tennant
Chris Lowe
Producer(s) Pet Shop Boys
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Bongo Bong and Je ne t'aime plus"
(2007)
"She's Madonna"
(2007)
"Close My Eyes"
(2009)
Pet Shop Boys chronology
"Numb"
(2006)
"She's Madonna"
(2007)
"Integral"
(2007)

"She's Madonna" is the third and final international single released from Robbie Williams's seventh studio album Rudebox. A collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, it is a love song to pop star Madonna and was released on 5 March 2007.[1] A promotional copy was released to European radio in late January to precede the CD single. The song became one of Williams' lower-charting hits in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 16. Despite this, it is still regularly played on cable music video channels and radio stations in the UK. It was confirmed that this single was not going to be released in Latin America.[2] In spite of this, the single was released as a digital download in Mexico. The video was also aired on MTV Brasil and on other Brazilian music channels.

History[edit]

"She's Madonna" was inspired by a conversation Robbie Williams had with Guy Ritchie's ex-girlfriend Tania Strecker, about the way Ritchie left her for Madonna. Strecker quoted Ritchie as saying, "Look, you know I really love you, but she's Madonna."[3] According to the BBC's Top of the Pops website, Williams had played the song to Madonna shortly after writing it, receiving a positive reaction.[3] According to the UK tabloid newspaper The Sun, Williams wanted Madonna to star alongside him in the video, but Ritchie, her husband at the time - they divorced in November 2008 - objected, having realised that the song with its chorus: "I love you, baby, but face it, she's Madonna. No man on earth could say that he don't want her" was based on the line he used to leave Strecker for Madonna.[4] Williams himself has commented: "In case anyone asks... there is nothing tongue in cheek about this song at all, I have always fancied Madonna." [5] Musically, the song was inspired by Kraftwerk's track "Tour de France" - Williams stated: "I played "Tour De France" by Kraftwerk and said “I like this, can we do something like this, but not much like this", but then everything else came together pretty quickly." "She's Madonna" was the subject of a controversy after Ashley Hamilton claimed that he came up with part of the song with Williams.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in Los Angeles[7] and features Williams as a professional drag queen in full regalia, as well as performing to drag queens in a nightclub, dressed in a white jacket. Alexis Arquette appeared as one of the drag queens,[7] along with RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Tammie Brown.[8] The video was directed by Johan Renck, who had previously directed the videos for Madonna's "Nothing Really Matters" in 1999 and "Hung Up" in 2005.[7]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "She's Madonna" – 4:16
  2. "Never Touch That Switch" (Switch Remix) – 5:06
UK CD2
  1. "She's Madonna" – 4:16
  2. "She's Madonna" (Chris Lake Remix) – 7:58
  3. "She's Madonna" (Kris Menace Vocal Re-Interpretation) – 4:24
  4. "She's Madonna" (Kris Menace Dub) – 5:37
UK DVD single
  1. "She's Madonna" (video)
  2. "Never Touch That Switch" (Nightmoves Remix audio) – 6:52
  3. "Never Touch That Switch" (Dark Horse Remix audio) – 4:33
  4. Photo gallery and video clip

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[28] Gold 7,500^
Germany (BVMI)[29] Gold 150,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Pet Shop Boys official website". Retrieved 25 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Discography > Singles > She's Madonna > Territory Info". Robbiewilliams.com. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b M, Fraser (24 July 2006). "Ritchie Ditch". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "Williams' 'She's Madonna' video is inspired by 'Bloodhounds of Broadway'". Yahoo.com. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ Robbie Williams: Comments on "Rudebox", on the web site of EMi Music Switzerland. Accessed on 11 May 2007
  6. ^ Cummins, Fiona; Simpson, Eva (14 February 2007). "Torment of Robbie". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c Newton, Victoria (16 January 2007). "Robbie's frocky horror show". The Sun. Retrieved 16 January 2007. 
  8. ^ "About Tammie". TammieBrown.net. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200716 into search. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna". Tracklisten. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Robbie Williams Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Robbie Williams. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys: She's Madonna" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  21. ^ Romanian peak
  22. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  24. ^ "Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She's Madonna – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  25. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  26. ^ "Robbie Williams Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Robbie Williams. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  27. ^ [1][dead link]
  28. ^ "Danish single certifications – Robbie Williams – She's Madonna". IFPI Denmark. 
  29. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Robbie Williams; 'She's Madonna')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 

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