Madonna’s third album saw a shift to a more contemporary adult sound

Madonna released True Blue on this day in 1986. The album saw a significant change in the singer’s sound and image, and saw her continue her domination of the charts.

In 1985 Madonna was one of the highest selling new artists of the decade. Her self titled debut album, released in 1983 had been a slow burner. Her debut single Everybody didn’t set the charts alight but subsequent singles Burning Up, Lucky Star and Borderline were a success.

Madonna’s second album Like a Virgin sent her into the stratosphere and she dominated the charts with the title track, more hits with Dress You Up, Angel and Material Girl. Madonnamania arrived with girls copying the singer’s fashion style dubbed Wannabes.

Songs on film soundtracks gave Madonna more hits, Crazy for You and Gambler appeared on the soundtrack to the film Vision Quest (re-titled Crazy for You in Australia) and Madonna had a small cameo in the film. She made her big screen debut in a leading role with the film Desperately Seeking Susan, and scored another huge hit with Into the Groove.

In April 1985 Madonna headed off on her first tour The Virgin Tour playing 40 dates around the USA over three months.

When the massive fundraising concert Live Aid rolled around in July 1985 Madonna was experiencing controversy for the first time in her career. Nude photos taken when she was an artist’s models appeared in Playboy and Penthouse magazine.

When she took to the stage at Live Aid Bette Midler introduced Madonna as someone who had pulled herself up “by the bra-straps, and was known to let them down from time to time” The singer proclaimed “No, I ain’t taking shit off today, They might hold it against me 10 years from now.”

Here the world got their first taste of Madonna’s next record as she performed Love Makes the World Go Round. The song was originally intended as the first single from her third album, but the decision was later made to go with other tracks.

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