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Released in 1998, Ray of Light is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna.
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Originally released on February 22nd 1998, Ray of Light is the seventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna. Produced by English producer William Orbit, Ray of Light is an electronica and dance album incorporating a variety of genres including ambient and trip hop. The album has been noted for its introspective, spiritual nature.
Arguably the first album by a mainstream artist to embrace the electronica movement, Ray of Light took full advantage of the technological advancements within the recording studio, its sound layers with synthesizers and sampling. More impressively, Madonna’s audience didn’t balk at her decision to go in this decidedly different sonic direction: the number of countries where it topped the charts numbered well into double digits, and both “Frozen” and the album’s title track were top-10 hits in the US and the UK, with the former song actually topping the UK Singles chart.
Ray of Light received critical acclaim from music critics, with Rolling Stone calling the album "brilliant". Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic called it Madonna's "most adventurous record". The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, with the biggest first-week sales by a female artist at the time. It also peaked at number one in many countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, and has sold over 16 million copies worldwide.
- Drowned World/Substitute For Love
- Ray Of Light
- Candy Perfume Girl
- Nothing Really Matters
- Sky Fits Heaven
- The Power Of Good-Bye
- To Have And Not To Hold
- Little Star
- Mer Girl