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On this day in music history: April 25, 1979 - “Bad Girls”, the seventh studio album by Donna Summer is released. Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it is recorded at Rusk Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA from January - March 1979. Even after the back to back successes of the Oscar winning “Last Dance” and the double live album “Live And More” (containing her first chart topping single “MacArthur Park”), all is not well with the superstar vocalist. Trying to live up the hypersexual image cultivated by her record company proves to be too much for Donna Summer, having grown up in a very close knit religious family. The constant pressure to keep up the facade causes the singer to suffer a nervous breakdown. With the help of her sister Dara, she begins to reconnect with her spirituality and having what she later describes as a “spiritual rebirth”. Feeling thoroughly focused and more creative than ever, Summer begins work on her next album in early 1979. The fifteen track double album fully demonstrates Summer’s range as an artist both vocally and musically with her writing or co-writing most of the songs. The resulting album becomes a huge critical and commercial success. It spins off four singles including “Hot Stuff” (#1 Pop, #3 R&B), the title track (#1 Pop and R&B), and “Dim All The Lights” (#2 Pop, #3 R&B). In 2003, the album is reissued as a 2 CD Deluxe Edition featuring a remastered version of the original album with the previously unreleased demo version of the title track. The second disc features original 12" dance mixes of the singles released from the album with others that were previously available only as DJ promos or commercially issued 12" singles, with several making their CD debut. “Bad Girls” spends six weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.