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Celebration: The Video Collection
Madonna's face washed in different colors
Video by Madonna
Released September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)
Recorded 1983–2009
Length 211:00
Label Warner Bros.
Madonna video chronology
The Confessions Tour
Celebration: The Video Collection
Sticky & Sweet Tour

Celebration: The Video Collection is a greatest videos DVD compilation by American singer-songwriter Madonna. Released by Warner Bros. Records on September 29, 2009, the release accompanied the greatest hits Celebration. The collection follows on from her other greatest videos compilations The Immaculate Collection (1990) and The Video Collection 93:99 (1999). The release of the DVD was announced in July 2009 and contained videos spanning Madonna's entire career from 1983 to 2009.

Contemporary critics gave mixed reviews of the DVD. Some were disappointed with the low quality and the lack of clarity of the videos, while others praised the collection for being a reminder of Madonna as the visual artist. Celebration: The Video Collection debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Music Videos and the top of the DVD charts in Australia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain and Switzerland. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 100,000 copies across United States.


On March 18, 2009, Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg announced the plans for the release of a greatest hits package by September.[1] On July 22, 2009, Warner Bros. Records officially announced the release date as September 28, 2009 and confirmed the name of the album as Celebration through Madonna's official website, adding that a DVD containing Madonna's best music videos would also be released.[2] According to the official press statement, the DVD included unedited and never before seen footage of "Justify My Love", as well as the completed video of the single "Celebration".[2] The music videos included on the DVD were selected by Madonna and her fans through her official website Icon.[3] The cover for Celebration was created by street pop artist Mr. Brainwash who is best known for "throwing modern cultural icons into a blender and turning it up to eleven".[2] The compilation included the music videos of "Burning Up", "Into the Groove", "True Blue", "Who's That Girl", "Erotica", "Deeper and Deeper", "I Want You", "I'll Remember" and "American Pie", which were previously never included in any of Madonna's DVDs.[4] It also included the award winning music videos – "Like a Virgin", "Papa Don't Preach", "Open Your Heart", "Like a Prayer", "Express Yourself", "Vogue", "Rain", "Take a Bow", "Frozen", "Ray of Light", "Beautiful Stranger", "Music", "Don't Tell Me" and "Hung Up".[5][6] "Justify My Love" and "Erotica" were banned by MTV for their sexually provocative themes.[7] The video is presented in 4:3 aspect ratio, with the widescreen videos windowboxed.[8]


Critical response[edit]

Douglas Wolk from Pitchfork Media commented that the DVD was "a lot closer to the mark [of celebrating Madonna's career]. A lot of the fun of her career has always been its visual side."[9] Don Shewey from Rolling Stone said, "The video exemplified the fact that there's no-one like Madonna, who can turn the music video in to an art-form."[10] Chad Presley from Blogcritics felt that, "There's a healthy dose of nostalgia involved in watching these videos for anyone who grew up during the 1980s in particular. [...] The video quality is a mixed bag. Most of the visual problems crop up during the earlier clips, which were photographed on much more primitive equipment. [...] All things considered, especially when viewed on a Blu-ray player and hi-def TV, this is a pretty rough looking set. Even some of the later videos have an excess of visual noise and are lacking in sharpness."[8] Ian Sturges from Daily Mirror commented, "Celebration is a journey [of Madonna] from coquettish wannabe to pop goddess to institution. [...] The videos parallel this transformation from her innocent cavorting on a Venetian gondola for 'Like a Virgin' to the determinedly X-rated couplings of 'Justify My Love' and 'Erotica', both of which were banned.[11] Monica Herrera from Billboard was not impressed with the collection and was disappointed with the "dull quality of the videos. The collection is a probable shame in Madonna's catalogue, but a great one for her fans."[12] Bönz Malone from Spin said, "Celebration: The Video Collection is a reminder that Madonna is, and always will be, a true video artist. You cannot ignore her contribution to the music video art form."[13] Tim Sendra from Allmusic gave the DVD four and a half stars out of five, and commented that "it is indeed a celebration of Madonna's career and some of the most celebratory and thrilling pop music ever created."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Celebration: The Video Collection debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Music Videos for the issue dated October 12, 2009, replacing Beyoncé's live release I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas. It remained on the top of the music video chart for five weeks.[15] The DVD was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of 50,000 copies.[16] According to Nielsen Soundscan, the DVD has sold 60,000 copies in United States[17] and placed at number 30 on the year-end DVD chart for 2009.[18]

On October 5, 2009, the DVD debuted at the top of the ARIA Top 40 Music DVD chart in Australia, replacing Believe Again: Australian Tour 2009 by Delta Goodrem.[19] After two weeks on the top, Celebration: The Video Collection was replaced by Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia by Pink.[20] The collection was present on the DVD chart for twenty weeks, and ranked at twenty on the Australian Highest Selling Music DVD chart for 2009.[21][22] The DVD debuted at the top of the Hungarian Top 20 DVD chart on September 27, 2009 and was present for one week on the top.[23] In Czech Republic, the DVD debuted at the top of the DVD chart on October 14, 2009, replacing Madonna's compilation album Celebration.[24] Celebration: The Video Collection was certified platinum by the Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers (CAPIF) for shipment of 30,000 copies in total.[25] Celebration: The Video Collection also received a two-times platinum certification in France, for shipment of 30,000 copies of the video.[26]

Track listing and formats[edit]

Celebration: The Video Collection – DVD 1[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Director(s) Length
1. "Burning Up*" Madonna Steve Barron 3:40
2. "Lucky Star" Madonna Arthur Pierson 4:01
3. "Borderline" Reggie Lucas Mary Lambert 3:56
4. "Like a Virgin" Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg Mary Lambert 3:48
5. "Material Girl" Peter Brown, Robert Rans Mary Lambert 4:43
6. "Crazy for You*" John Bettis, Jon Lind Harold Becker 3:59
7. "Into the Groove*" Madonna, Stephen Bray Susan Seidelman 3:50
8. "Live to Tell*" Madonna, Patrick Leonard James Foley 4:24
9. "Papa Don't Preach" Brian Elliot (additional lyrics by Madonna) James Foley 5:06
10. "True Blue*" Madonna, Bray James Foley 4:02
11. "Open Your Heart" Madonna, Gardner Cole, Peter Rafelson Jean-Baptiste Mondino 4:28
12. "La Isla Bonita" Madonna, Leonard, Bruce Gaitsch Mary Lambert 3:59
13. "Who's That Girl" Madonna, Leonard Peter Rosenthal 3:44
14. "Like a Prayer" Madonna, Leonard Mary Lambert 5:43
15. "Express Yourself" Madonna, Bray David Fincher 4:59
16. "Cherish" Madonna, Leonard Herb Ritts 4:38
17. "Vogue" Madonna, Shep Pettibone David Fincher 4:51
18. "Justify My Love" Lenny Kravitz, Ingrid Chavez (additional lyrics by Madonna) Jean-Baptiste Mondino 4:57
19. "Erotica*" Madonna, Pettibone, Anthony Shimkin Fabien Baron 5:18
20. "Deeper and Deeper*" Madonna, Pettibone, Shimkin Bobby Woods 5:49
21. "Rain" Madonna, Pettibone Mark Romanek 4:33
22. "I'll Remember*" Madonna, Leonard, Richard Page Alek Keshishian 4:19
Celebration: The Video Collection – DVD 2[4]
No. Title Writer(s) Director(s) Length
1. "Secret" Madonna, Dallas Austin, Pettibone Melodie McDaniel 4:23
2. "Take a Bow" Madonna, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Michael Haussman 4:33
3. "Bedtime Story" Nellee Hooper, Björk, Marius De Vries Mark Romanek 4:24
4. "Human Nature" Madonna, Dave Hall, Shawn McKenzie, Kevin McKenzie, Michael Deering Jean-Baptiste Mondino 4:33
5. "I Want You*" Leon Ware, Arthur Ross Earle Sebastian 6:21
6. "You'll See*" Madonna, David Foster Michael Haussman 4:18
7. "Frozen" Madonna, Leonard Chris Cunningham 5:20
8. "Ray of Light" Madonna, William Orbit, Clive Maldoon, Dave Curtiss, Christine Ann Leach Jonas Åkerlund 5:06
9. "The Power of Good-Bye" Madonna, Rick Nowels Matthew Rolston 4:09
10. "Beautiful Stranger" Madonna, Orbit Brett Ratner 4:38
11. "American Pie*" Don McLean Philipp Stölzl 4:34
12. "Music*" Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzaï Jonas Åkerlund 4:44
13. "Don't Tell Me*" Madonna, Ahmadzaï, Joe Henry Jean-Baptiste Mondino 4:38
14. "What It Feels Like for a Girl*" Madonna, Guy Sigsworth, David Tom Guy Ritchie 4:28
15. "Die Another Day*" Madonna, Ahmadzaï Traktor 4:27
16. "Hollywood*" Madonna, Ahmadzaï Jean-Baptiste Mondino 3:58
17. "Love Profusion*" Madonna, Ahmadzaï Luc Besson 3:48
18. "Hung Up*" Madonna, Stuart Price, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus Johan Renck 5:25
19. "Sorry*" Madonna, Price Jamie King 4:43
20. "Get Together*" Madonna, Anders Bagge, Peer Astrom, Price Eugene Riecansky 3:55
21. "Jump*" Madonna, Henry, Price Jonas Åkerlund 3:23
22. "4 Minutes*" Madonna, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake, Nathaniel Hills Jonas & François 4:04
23. "Give It 2 Me*" Madonna, Pharrell Williams Tom Munro 4:12
24. "Miles Away*" Madonna, Mosley, Timberlake, Hills Nathan Rissman 3:49
25. "Celebration*" Madonna, Paul Oakenfold, Ian Green, Ciaran Gribbin Jonas Åkerlund 3:52
  • The nudity in "Justify My Love" and "Erotica" has been censored by black bars.
  • Many of the music videos included had not appeared on a Madonna video compilation previously, so this was their first commercial release. Those 26 of the 47 videos are marked with an *.


The DVD collection has been released in two different versions — both of them double-disc releases.

  • Keep case — DVD-size packaging
  • DVD Digipak — CD-size packaging
  • iTunes Store digital download — deluxe video edition of Celebration with 68 tracks, including 38 audio tracks (including bonus material: "It's So Cool" and a remix of "Celebration") and 30 MP4 music videos


Charts (2009) Peak
Australian Top 40 Music DVD[19] 1
Austrian Top 10 DVD[27] 1
Czech Albums Chart[24] 1
Danish Top 10 DVD[28] 1
Dutch Top 30 DVD[29] 1
Finnish Top 10 DVD[30] 1
Hungarian Top 20 DVD[23] 1
Japanese Oricon DVD Chart[31] 7
New Zealand Top 10 DVD[32] 3
Spanish Top 20 DVD[33] 1
Swiss Top 10 DVD[34] 1
US Billboard Top Music Videos[15] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[25] Platinum 8,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[35] 2× Platinum 60,000*
France (SNEP)[26] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[36] Gold 5,000*
Portugal (AFP)[37] Gold 4,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] Platinum 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
Brazil[38] September 21, 2009 DVD
Germany[39] September 25, 2009
Australia[40] September 28, 2009
United Kingdom[2] September 29, 2009
United States[2]


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