the successful release of her first two singles Everybody
and Burning Up, Warner Records gave
Madonna the permission to produce her first album. Though New
York DJ Mark Kamins had discovered Madonna and produced
Everybody, Madonna decided to work
with Warner producer Reggie Lucas for the rest of the album.
They started recording Lucky Star,
a song written by Madonna, and Borderline,
which was a composition of Lucas. Soon both realised they couldn't
cooperate that well. Lucas produced the album his way, while Madonna
complained that she had different concepts and ideas. She took
the finished but unsatisfactory album to her friend John -Jellybean-
Benitez, who remixed and rearranged the whole album. He also
added a song written by Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens: Holiday.
This song would establish Madonna as the new dance act of the
early 80s. Of course later it would grow into one of Madonna's
best classics. Though the album at first got the name 'Lucky Star',
it was released on July 27th, 1983 simply as 'Madonna'.
Madonna dedicated the album to her father.
On the album charts, it reached #6 (UK), #8 (US, France), and
#10 (Australia). The album spent a total of 168 weeks on the Billboard
200. In October 2000, it was certified 5 times Platinum
in the US, while selling over 8 million copies worldwide.
In September 1985, the album was re-issued under the name 'The
First Album', using different art work (right-side cover).
In 2001 the album was remastered with improved sound and remixes
of Burning Up and Lucky
Star, and also using the original art work (left-side cover).