The Girlie Show: Live Down Under

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August 15, 2022

The Girlie Show: Live Down Under is a video album by American singer Madonna, released on April 26, 1994 by Warner Reprise Video on VHS and Laserdisc. Contains the concert recording of The Girlie Show World Tour held on November 19, 1993 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney (Australia). Prior to its release, HBO had broadcast the show as a television special titled Madonna Live Down Under: The Girlie Show, which became the highest-rated original show of the year. In May 1997, the material went on sale on DVD in the United States and later in June 1998 in Europe; in the UK, it was one of the first music videos to be released in this format. Overall, it garnered mixed reviews from critics, though most were favorable in nature; they highlighted Madonna's stage presence and song performances, although they disapproved of the direction and lack of bonus material. It also received a nomination for Best Long Form Music Video at the 37th Grammy Awards. Upon its release, it reached first place in the UK Music Videos chart in the United Kingdom and third place in the Top Music Videos in the United States. Between 2004 and 2006, the DVD version entered the top twenty positions on various European charts. In addition to this, he obtained a gold record in Brazil and the United States and several platinum in Argentina, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Background

The Girlie Show World Tour was Madonna's fourth music tour, undertaken as an attempt to revive her music career in the wake of scandals surrounding the releases of her fifth studio album Erotica and her photo book Sex, as well as the premiere of the film Body of Evidence, which failed to impress critics and audiences.[1][2] Described as "a mix of rock concert, fashion show, carnival, cabaret and burlesque",[3] It began on September 25, 1993 in London (England) and ended on December 19 of that year in Tokyo (Japan).[4] Initially it was planned to tour only the United States, Canada and Japan, but finally Madonna visited for the first time countries from Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania.[5] The show was divided into three segments—Dominatrix, Studio 54 and Weimar Cabaret—plus a Victorian-themed encore.[6] Called the most explicit and controversial tour of the singer,[7] it was the subject of controversy in several countries due to the sexual content of the presentations; Citizens and politicians in Germany, Australia, Brazil, and Puerto Rico attempted to ban his concerts and videos on grounds of obscenity.[8] In Israel, Orthodox Jews staged protests to force the cancellation of the concert, while in Puerto Rico, he created an uproar when he rubbed the national flag between her legs, prompting around thirty residents to protest the singer in front of her mansion and call for a boycott of her music until she apologized.[7][9] Despite this, it garnered reviews. favorable critics, who compared the show to a Broadway musical and praised Madonna for bringing "humor and warmth" during the performances. he could please his audience."[11] With a total of 39 shows on five continents, it was his last tour of the century and grossed US$70 million.[3][12]

Premiere and publication

In November 1993, Cashbox magazine reported that HBO would broadcast one of the tour's concerts held at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; this marked the second collaboration between Madonna and network television after the broadcast of the Blond Ambition World Tour in August 1990.[13] In addition, Billb