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On this day in music history: May 27, 1985 - “Into The Groove” by Madonna is released. Written and produced by Madonna and Stephen Bray, it is the ninth single release for the pop music superstar. By early 1984, Madonna’s career will finally begin to take flight as her self titled debut album gains momentum off of the strength of the singles “Holiday” and “Borderline”. While living in the Alphabet City area of the East Village in Manhattan, she will see a handsome young Puerto Rican man on the fire escape of the apartment building across from hers. That encounter will inspire one of her best known and loved songs. Madonna will finish writing what will become “Into The Groove” with her former Breakfast Club bandmate, drummer Steve Bray. Club DJ Mark Kamins, producer of her debut single “Everybody”, will ask Madonna if she can write a song for a female teenage vocalist he’s discovered named Cheyne (“Call Me Mr. Telephone”, “Private Joy”). She’ll offer him “Into The Groove” which Kamins feels is a hit upon hearing it. A short time later, Madonna will land the title role in director Susan Seidelman’s “Desperately Seeking Susan” (co-starring Rosanna Arquette and Aidan Quinn). Seidelman will ask Madonna if she will contribute a song to the film’s soundtrack for a night club scene filmed at Danceteria in New York. She will play the director the rough demo for “Groove”, which the director loves immediately. Madonna and Steve Bray will re-record the song at Sigma Sound Studios in New York for inclusion in the film. Kamins will be upset when he finds out that the singer has taken the song back without telling him, causing a rift between the two. By the time “Susan” hits theaters in late March of 1985, Madonna’s music career is on fire with three singles on the chart simultaneously. Fearing overexposure, there are no plans to issue “Into The Groove” as single, and it is not included on the soundtrack album. However, a music video featuring the song is released to help promote the film. Radio stations will take the audio from the video and begin playing it on the air. The public’s reaction to the song is immediately positive and will force Madonna’s label Sire Records to release it. Not wanting it to be in direct chart competition with “Angel”, “Groove” will be placed on the B-side of the 12" single for “Angel”. Since it is not initially released as a 7" single in the US, it will not be eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, though that will not stop it from becoming a huge radio smash. The 12" will sell over a million copies domestically, becoming one of only a small handful to sell in numbers that large. “Groove” is released as an A-side overseas, and added to some foreign pressings of the “Like A Virgin” album. “Into The Groove” will top the charts in nine countries including four weeks at the top of the UK singles chart, and one week at the top of the Billboard Club Play on June 29, 1985. “Into The Groove” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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