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“Material Girl” is a song by American recording artist Madonna. It was released on January 30, 1985, by Sire Records, as the second single from her sophomore album Like a Virgin. It also appears slightly remixed on the 1990 greatest hits compilation The Immaculate Collection and in its original form on the 2009 greatest hits compilation Celebration. The song was written by Peter Brown and Roberta Rans, while Nile Rodgers produced the track. Madonna explained that the concept of the song was similar to her life’s situation at that time. According to her, the song was provocative, hence she was attracted to it.
“Material Girl” incorporated New wave music and consists of synth arrangements with a robotic voice repeating the hook. The lyrics identify with materialism, with Madonna asking for a rich and affluent life, rather than romance and relationships. Contemporary and old critics have frequently noted “Material Girl” and “Like a Virgin” as the songs that made Madonna an icon. “Material Girl” was a commercial success, reaching the top-five in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Japan and United Kingdom. It reached the position two of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, becoming her third top-five single there.
The music video was a mimicry of Marilyn Monroe‘s performance of the song “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The mimicked scenes are interspersed with scenes of a Hollywood director trying to win the heart of an actress, played by Madonna herself. Discovering that, contrary to her song, the young woman was not impressed by money and expensive gifts, he pretended to be penniless and succeeded in taking her out on a date. Scholars noted the symbology of the video and deduced it as a medium for promoting Madonna’s image. She has performed the song in four of her world tours, most of them being mimicry of the song and the video.
“Material Girl” has been covered by a number of artists, including Britney Spears, The Chipettes and Hilary Duff. It has appeared in films like Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004). Madonna has often remarked that she regrets recording “Material Girl” as the name became a pseudonym for her in mainstream media. Time and again she has tried to shun herself from the phrase ‘material girl’. The song was an empowering influence for women, marking them as liberal and was the subject of many scholarly debates.
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