Erotica is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Madonna , released on October 20, by Maverick and Sire Records. The album was released simultaneously with Madonna's first book publication Sex , a coffee table book containing explicit photographs featuring the singer, and marked her first release under Maverick, her own multimedia entertainment company. Erotica is a concept album about sex and romance, incorporating her alter ego Mistress Dita, inspired by actress Dita Parlo. Some of its songs also take on a more confessional tone, influenced by the loss of two of Madonna's close friends to AIDS. She began creating the album's demos with Pettibone in his apartment in October , and wrote the melodies and lyrics on top of the basic music which Pettibone produced in the style of his remixes.
It is the title track from her fifth studio album Erotica , and was released as the album's lead single on September 29, by Maverick Records. It was later included on her greatest hits albums GHV2 and Celebration The song was written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Anthony Shimkin, while production was handled by the singer and Pettibone. She invites her lover to be passive while making love to her and leads him to explore boundaries between pain and pleasure. The song debuted at number 13 on the Billboard Hot , becoming one of the highest debuts on the chart history at the time, eventually peaking at number three.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Twenty-five years ago, Madonna changed. Sure, Madonna was always changing, but with the release of Erotica on Oct.
Practically since her debut album in , the media have been lining up to have a shot at her. From Like a Virgin in to Like a Prayer in , Madonna was never too far away from criticism and detractors. Whilst many of her male peers were discussing sex in a very open and explicit way on records and at concerts, there seemed to be a very different set of rules when it came to female artists. Madonna, to be fair, was bolder than a lot of her peers, but she was hardly going out of her way to offend! I know I have covered Erotica before but, as it turns twenty-seven on Sunday 20th October , I want to look at an album from the Queen of Pop that is pretty underrated.