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A Decade of Confessions

It’s been a decade since Madonna released her 11th studio album, Confessions On A Dance Floor. And from the word go, she knew exactly who it was aimed at – the gay fans that first made her a star back in 1983.

Everything about Confessions screamed fabulous, from the hi-NRG pop sounds to the neon lycra leotards, disco imagery and Swarovski crystal-encrusted glitter balls. It was an unforgettable era, steeped in the gay club culture of the past but with a modern, Madonna twist. Yet, while it was clearly marketed towards the most loyal of her fanbases, it stopped short of pandering to us.

After the critical mauling and lacklustre sales of its 2003 predecessor, the intense, emotive and politically-charged American Life, Madonna took stock of where she should go next.

She appeared from a hiatus in the summer of 2005 to steal the show at Live 8. But the best was yet to come. In just four short months, a new era was upon us – Disco Madonna.

“I’d made a lot of political statements and I didn’t want to repeat myself,” she explained at the time, “so I moved to another area and that’s ‘God, I really feel like dancing right now’. Confessions is ‘fuck everything, let’s dance’.”

And that’s just what we did. Because after its release in November 2005, Confessions became a global hit, reaching number one in more than 40 countries and selling an estimated 12 million copies.

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