Madison Avenue (band)

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Madison Avenue
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres
Years active1999–2003
LabelsVirgin Records (1999–2003)
Past membersCheyne Coates
Andy Van Dorsselaer

Madison Avenue was an Australian electronic music duo consisting of writer-producer Andy Van Dorsselaer and singer-lyricist Cheyne Coates. Madison Avenue is best known for the song "Don't Call Me Baby" (October 1999), which peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1999 and topped the charts in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in 2000. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2000 they won Single of the Year, Highest Selling Single and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "Don't Call Me Baby" as well as Best Video for Mark Hartley's direction of "Who the Hell Are You".

History[edit]

Before joining Madison Avenue, Cheyne Coates was working as a choreographer and singer in Melbourne. Coates met producer and writer Andy Van Dorsselaer (aka Andy Van) in a dance club. Van was the founder of the Vicious Vinyl record label and had remix credits for Tina Arena and CDB. Van Dorsselaer had won an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award for his production work on "Coma" by Pendulum.[1]

The duo started working together mainly as writers and producers in 1998. Madison Avenue recorded their first single, "Fly", featuring Kellie Wolfgram as lead vocalist. Coates sang lead on the group's breakthrough single, "Don't Call Me Baby" (October 1999): Van Dorsselaer preferred her version, even though it was initially used as the guide track for Wolfgram.[1] "Don't Call Me Baby" peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1999.[2] By December 2000 it was certified as triple platinum for the shipment of 210,000 units in Australia.[3] The single was released internationally in 2000. In New Zealand, "Don't Call Me Baby" topped the New Zealand Singles Chart in April 2000. In the United Kingdom, the single topped the UK Singles Chart in May 2000, selling 400,000 copies in Britain.[4][5] The song was also a top ten hit in Greece and Ireland.[6][7] Coates became the public face of the band, although they had intended to be a collective dance group like C&C Music Factory or Soul II Soul.

The group's only studio album, The Polyester Embassy, was released in 2000 and reached number 4 on the Australian album charts. It provided three other singles: "Who the Hell Are You?", a number-one hit in Australia,[2] "Everything You Need", and "Reminiscing", a cover version of the 1978 hit written by Graeham Goble for the Little River Band. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2000 they won Single of the Year, Highest Selling Single and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "Don't Call Me Baby" as well as Best Video for Mark Hartley's direction of "Who the Hell Are You".[8] They were also nominated for Best Group, Best Dance Release, Producer of the Year (for work by Van Dorsselaer and Coates) and Best Video (for direction by Hartley) for "Don't Call Me Baby".[8] Madison Avenue won the Best Dance Artist award at the International Dance Awards in 2001 in Miami.[1]

Madison Avenue broke up in 2003. In April 2004 Coates issued her debut solo single, "I've Got Your Number".[9] She followed with a solo album, Something Wicked This Way Comes (October 2004). Soon after she left the music performance industry and according to Van Dorseelaer, "[she] has a successful career writing songs for other people."[10] Andy Van went on to create the band Vandalism.

Personnel[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details, chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[2]
JPN
[11]
UK
[12]
The Polyester Embassy
  • Released: 2 October 2000
  • Label: Vicious Grooves
  • Format: CD
4 63 74

Mix albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Year Title Chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[2]
FRA
[14]
NZ
[15]
NLD
[16]
NOR
[17]
SWE
[18]
SWI
[19]
UK
[12]
US
[20]
US Pop [21] US Dance
[22]
1999 "Don't Call Me Baby" 2 41 1 22 11 47 38 1 88 48 1 The Polyester Embassy
2000 "Who the Hell Are You" 1 32 10 1
"Everything You Need" 6 33 24
2001 "Reminiscing" 9

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2000 "Don't Call Me Baby" ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist - Single Won [27]
ARIA Award for Single of the Year Won
ARIA Award for Highest Selling Single Won
ARIA Award for Best Group Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Dance Release Nominated
Andy Van, Cheyne Coates for "Don't Call Me Baby" ARIA Award for Producer of the Year Nominated
Mark Hartley for "Don't Call Me Baby" ARIA Award for Best Video Won
Mark Hartley for "Who the Hell Are You" Nominated
2001 The Polyester Embassy ARIA Award for Best Pop Release Nominated [28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Madison Avenue". HowlSpace. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Madison Avenue - The Polyester Embassy (Album)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  3. ^ a b ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Singles. ARIA Charts: Australia's Official Music Charts. Retrieved on 2 January 2012
  4. ^ Copsey, Rob (19 May 2016). "Flashback: Don't Call Me Baby was Number 1 16 years ago this week". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Best Sellers of 2000: Singles Top 100". Music Week. London, England: United Business Media. 20 January 2001. p. 25.
  6. ^ "American Radio History" (PDF). 3 March 2000. p. 13. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  7. ^ "'Don't Call Me Baby'". Irish Charts. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2000". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Cheyne reaction". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 May 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  10. ^ Officer, Isabel Thompson (29 November 2019). "ARIA Awards 2019: Madison Avenue's Andy Van on celebrating 20 years of 'Don't Call Me Baby' and discovering Avicii". Honey (nine.com.au). Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  11. ^ Madison Avenue/ORICON (in Japanese)
  12. ^ a b "Chart Log UK". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Chanson)". lescharts.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Song)". charts.nz. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Nummer)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  17. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Song)". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  18. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Song)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  19. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  20. ^ "Madison Avenue Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  21. ^ https://worldradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/2000s/2000/RR-2000-09-29.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  22. ^ "Madison Avenue Chart History: Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  23. ^ BPI Certified Awards Search Archived 5 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2 January 2012
  24. ^ RIANZ Charts - 9 July 2000 Archived 27 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2 January 2012
  25. ^ a b ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Singles. ARIA Charts: Australia's Official Music Charts. Retrieved on 2 January 2012
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Singles". ARIA Charts: Australia's Official Music Charts. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  27. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2000". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  28. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2001: 15th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2012.

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