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
Recorded 2007 (London, United Kingdom)
Genre Pop
Length 4:16
Producer(s) Pet Shop Boys
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Bongo Bong and Je ne t'aime plus"
"She's Madonna"
"Close My Eyes"
Pet Shop Boys chronology
"She's Madonna"

"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. 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.

Background and composition[edit]

"She's Madonna" was a collaboration between Williams and Pet Shop Boys and was the fifth and final single from Williams' seventh studio album, Rudebox. By the time the single was supposed to be released, Williams had just come out from rehab following his addiction problems. "She's Madonna" was inspired by a conversation Williams had with British director Guy Ritchie's ex-girlfriend Tania Strecker, about the way Ritchie left her for American singer Madonna. Strecker quoted Ritchie as saying, "Look, you know I really love you, but she's Madonna."[1] Williams considered the song to be one of Rudebox‍ '​s lighter moments, commenting: "There is nothing tongue in cheek about this song at all... I have always fancied Madonna. I'd have hoped for it to be this good, but you can never tell before venturing into the studio. It is just a bonus that it worked out so well."[2] According to, Williams had played the song to Madonna shortly after writing it, receiving a positive reaction.[3]

Musically, the song was inspired by Kraftwerk's 1983 single, "Tour de France". Williams stated: "My life seems to be like a never ending edition of Jim'll Fix It. I am truly blessed. The odds of Robbie Williams making a ninth album ten years ago would have been more than long against. To be writing this album and having my heroes work with me feels phenomenal. 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."[2] The song starts with a "gurgling" electro backing over which Williams sings the lyrics, talking about his fascination with Madonna, which goes like "We're having drinks with Kate and Stella, Gwyneth's here and she's brought her fella".[4] "She's Madonna" was the subject of a controversy after singer Ashley Hamilton claimed that he came up with part of the song with Williams.[5]

Release and reception[edit]

"She's Madonna" was released in the United Kingdom on 5 March 2007 and received generally positive reviews. Nick Levine from Digital Spy awarded it three out of five stars noting that the track was a kind of "damage control" for Williams' fallen public image following his rehabilitation. "Who'd have guessed he'd sound so comfortable—his most convincing in years, actually—singing about one of the few people in the world who's more famous than him [Madonna]?" Levine concluded.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in Los Angeles[6] 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, along with RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Tammie Brown.[7] 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.[6][8]

Track listing and formats[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Robbie Williams – singing, songwriter
  • Neil Tennant – songwriter, producer
  • Chris Lowe – songwriter, producer
  • Tim Weidner – audio mixing
  • Chris Lake – remix and additional production
  • Kris Menace – remix and additional production
  • Johny Buzzerio – cover photography

Credits adapted from Robbie Williams' official website.[2]



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[29] Gold 7,500^
Germany (BVMI)[30] Gold 150,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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