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Madonna - Like A Virgin (Vinyl/Record)

Madonna - Like A Virgin (Vinyl/Record)

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Like a Virgin is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on November 12, 1984, by Sire Records. Following the success of her self-titled debut album, Madonna wanted to become the record producer of her next album. However, Sire Records refused, so she co-produced the album with Reggie Lucas and Patrick Leonard. The album was recorded at several studios in New York City and Los Angeles, and features a variety of musical styles, including pop, dance-pop, pop rock, and new wave.

The album's title track, "Like a Virgin", was released as the lead single in late 1984. It received positive reviews from contemporary critics, who frequently called it one of Madonna's defining songs. It became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, while reaching the top of the charts in Australia, Canada and Japan and the top-ten of other countries. The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 10, 1985, for shipping a million copies across United States – the requirement for a gold single prior to 1989.

The album's second single, "Material Girl", was also a commercial success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The third single, "Angel", was a moderate hit, reaching number 17 on the Hot 100. The fourth single, "Over and Over", was a top-ten hit in several countries, but failed to reach the top ten in the United States. The fifth and final single, "Into the Groove", was not released in the United States, but became a top-five hit in several countries, including the United Kingdom.

Like a Virgin was a commercial success, becoming Madonna's first number one album on the Billboard 200 and set the record as the first female album in history to sell over five million copies in the United States. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) later certified it diamond for shipment of ten million units. It also reached number one in Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, and remains one of the best-selling albums of all time with sales of over 21 million copies worldwide.

The album was praised by critics, who praised Madonna's songwriting and the album's production. Rolling Stone called it "a confident, assured work that takes Madonna's sound and pushes it to new heights". The Village Voice called it "a masterpiece of pop art". The album won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance for a Female Artist in 1985.

Like a Virgin is considered to be one of the most important and influential albums of the 1980s. It helped to establish Madonna as a global superstar and helped to define the sound of the 1980s. The album's success also helped to popularize the music video format, as several of the album's singles were accompanied by highly-produced and visually-striking music videos.

The album's impact can still be felt today. Madonna's songs from the album are still regularly played on radio and television, and the album's influence can be seen in the work of many other artists. Like a Virgin is a classic album that continues to be enjoyed by fans around the world.

Original Release:  1984.
Catalog No:  RCV5-25157. 
Size:  12" Single Vinyl Record.
Color:  Crystal Clear.
Additional:  180 Gram.