The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008)

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The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008)
Box set by Madonna
Released March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)
Recorded 1982–2007
Genre Pop, dance, pop rock, electronic, R&B
Length 615:00
Label Warner Bros.
Madonna chronology
The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008)
MDNA World Tour

The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008) is a box set by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was released by her former label Warner Bros. Records on March 26, 2012, to coincide with the release of her twelfth studio album, MDNA. The eleven-disc box set was released in Europe and Japan, and included all of Madonna's studio albums from the years 1983 to 2008. The album artwork consisted of a collage of the album covers, housed in a gold box, it also included a Parental Advisory sticker due to the inclusion of the albums Erotica (1992) and American Life (2003). On the same date, Warner Bros. released another box set titled Madonna: Original Album Series which included five discs.


On March 6, 2012, Madonna's official website announced that her former record company, Warner Bros. Records (1982–2009), was to release the eleven-disc box set.[1] It was released to coincide and on the same date as the 2012 studio album MDNA. The set includes every studio album Madonna has released; the remastered versions of Madonna (1983), Like a Virgin (1984) and True Blue (1986), plus the original versions of Like a Prayer (1989), Erotica (1992), Bedtime Stories (1994), Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) and Hard Candy (2008) with each disc housed in a cardboard sleeve.[2] To complement the release of the box set, iTunes sold every Madonna studio album digitally for £3.95 for a limited period in the UK.[3][4] On the same day as its release, Warner Bros. released another box set Madonna: Original Album Series which included five discs; the remastered version of True Blue, Like a Prayer, Ray of Light, Music and Confessions on a Dance Floor.[5]

The box set also carries the logos for her other former record companies; Sire Records (1982–1995) and Maverick Records (1992–2004). It is her third greatest hits box set to be released after The Royal Box (1991) which was a limited edition of The Immaculate Collection (1990) and CD Single Collection (1996) which was released exclusively in Japan and included forty 3" CD singles, from "Burning Up" (1983) to "One More Chance" (1996), housed in a deluxe black glossy box.[6][7]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Online Positive[2]

In the United Kingdom, the box set debuted at number seventy on the UK Albums Chart and sold 2,055 copies. Madonna's total for album sales for the 21st century in the United Kingdom is 7,279,423, making her one of the biggest selling acts of this period.[8] In Japan it sold 13,000 copies and debuted at number nine (and MDNA at number four) making Madonna the first international female artist in Japanese chart history to have two albums in the top ten simultaneously and the first international artist in 20 years to achieve such feat, after Bruce Springsteen, who occupied two simultaneous top-ten albums in 1992 with Human Touch and Lucky Town. With this feat, Madonna has accumulated 22 top-ten albums in Japan, more than any other international artist.[9] It was certified gold in Poland.[10]

Mike Diver from the BBC gave the box set a positive review, commenting that "this is pop history, a document of the most powerful female force in the music industry as she began her ascent, achieved superstar status, overcame a couple of hiccups, and ultimately landed in the 00s as every fledgling pop idol’s ultimate mother figure." He also mentioned the absence of tracks "Into the Groove" (only available on the 1985 reissue of Like a Virgin), "Vogue" (from 1990's I'm Breathless soundtrack) and "Justify My Love" (from 1990's The Immaculate Collection) may disappoint some fans.[2]

Track listing[edit]

The box set consists of eleven studio albums from her career with Warner Bros. Records (1982–2009) and its divisions Sire Records (1982–1995) and Maverick Records (1992–2003).[11]

  • ^a signifies a co-producer
  • ^b signifies an additional producer
  • ^c signifies an additional producer and remixer


Chart (2012) Peak
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 48
Finnish Albums Chart[12] 45
French Albums Chart[12] 26
Italian Albums Chart[13] 19
Japanese Albums Chart[9] 9
Mexican Albums Chart[14] 62
South Korea Albums Chart[15] 82
Spanish Albums Chart[12] 44
Swish Albums Chart[12] 52
UK Albums Chart[8] 70

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United Kingdom[8] March 26, 2012 Warner Bros.


  1. ^ "Pre-order the 1983–2008 Box Set". Live Nation. March 6, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Diver, Mike (April 11, 2012). "Madonna The Complete Studio Albums (1983–2008) Review". BBC Online. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Madonna Reduces Price Of Classic Albums, Announces Complete Studio Albums Box-Set, on same day as MDNA is released". Entertainment Wise. March 21, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Jones, Alan (March 21, 2012). "Madonna iTunes promotion to complement Complete Studio Albums release". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Original Album Series (Media notes). Madonna. Warner Bros. Records. 2012. 8122-79740-5. 
  6. ^ The Royal Box (Media notes). Madonna. Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records. 1991. 7599-26464-2/4. 
  7. ^ CD Single Collection (Media notes). Madonna. Warner Music Japan. 1996. WPDR-3100-3139. 
  8. ^ a b c Jones, Alan (April 2, 2012). "Official Charts Analysis: Madonna sells 56k albums". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved July 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "【オリコン】マドンナ、洋楽女性初の快挙 アルバム2作同時初登場TOP10" (in Japanese). Oricon. April 3, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
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  11. ^ The Complete Studio Albums (1983 – 2008) (Media notes). Madonna. Warner Bros. Records. 2012. 8122-79740-4. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Madonna – The Complete Studio Albums". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  13. ^ "FIMI/GfK Digital Download Music Charts" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 México – Los más vendidos" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. April 9, 2012. Archived from the original on September 12, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Gaon Album Chart: March 2012" (in Korean). Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved April 5, 2014.