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Madonna’s 1985 Track ‘Gambler’ Makes Streaming & Digital Debut – Billboard

Madonna superfans rejoice! The Queen of Pop’s 1985 hit track “Gambler” has lastly made its international streaming and digital retail debut — greater than 37 years after its preliminary launch.


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Three variations of the high-energy tune — the 7” model, an prolonged dance combine and an instrumental combine — are all now out there globally on streaming suppliers and digital storefronts by way of Rhino and Warner Music group. Beforehand, the track (in its 7” model) was solely out there on the Imaginative and prescient Quest movie soundtrack (launched by Geffen Information), whereas the dance combine and instrumental combine had been beforehand out there a long time in the past on bodily singles exterior of the US “Gambler” has by no means been included on any Madonna album.

So why now for this long-awaited debut? “It was Madonna’s private request,” based on a consultant at Rhino. It is the most recent launch within the ongoing catalog marketing campaign introduced in 2021. Whereas “Gambler” is the ultimate Madonna reissue from Rhino/Warner in 2022, Rhino guarantees “extra enjoyable issues to stay up for in 2023” and that “Gambler” is “only a small glimpse of what followers can count on” subsequent 12 months.

Madonna's 'Gambler'

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Of be aware, whereas there’s an official music video for “Gambler,” it won’t obtain a remastered digital HD improve (as a few of her movies have garnered prior to now). And there are not any present plans to situation “Gambler” on bodily single codecs – corresponding to a 12” vinyl single.

“Gambler” – written by Madonna and produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez – was one among two songs Madonna contributed to the Imaginative and prescient Quest album. The opposite what her Billboard Sizzling 100 No. 1 hit ballad “Loopy for You,” additionally produced by Jellybean. (Madonna has a cameo within the movie as a membership singer, and he or she’s seen performing each songs briefly within the film.)

Whereas “Gambler” was by no means launched as a single in the USA, it was a success exterior America, reaching the highest 10 on billboard‘s European Sizzling 100 Singles chart and on the UK’s Official Singles Chart.

Although American followers didn’t get a correct single launch for “Gambler,” an official music video was performed by US MTV for just a few weeks in late June and early July in 1985. Followers who attended Madonna’s The Virgin Tour live performance that summer season additionally noticed her carry out the monitor reside. The trek was commemorated on the longform residence video Madonna Reside: The Virgin Tourwhich was launched in November 1985. The Virgin Tour spent 5 weeks at no. 1 on billboard‘s Prime Music Video Gross sales chart in early 1986.

Some would possibly surprise why “Gambler” was not launched within the US as a single, contemplating how fashionable Madonna was in 1985 (she was No. 1 on billboard‘s year-end Prime Artists chart). Madonna had an abundance of fashionable new songs that 12 months – however solely half of them had been on the US model of her then-current Like a Virgin album. In 1985, Madonna launched a complete of six singles exterior of the US – three songs from the Warner Bros. Virgin album (“Materials Woman,” “Angel” and “Gown You Up”) two from the Geffen soundtrack Imaginative and prescient Quest (“Loopy for You” and “Gambler”) and the non-album monitor “Into the Groove” (from the movie Desperately In search of Susan). Of these 4 had been launched as correct singles within the US: “Materials Woman,” “Loopy for You,” “Angel” and “Gown You Up.” (Although, “Groove” was additionally the B-side of the US 12” single of “Angel.”)

In the previous couple of years, Madonna’s music catalog has been reintroduced to the general public by means of a wealth of digital single and remix reissues, upgraded and remastered official music movies, restricted version vinyl single releasesnew remix collaborations and this 12 months’s compilation album Lastly Sufficient Love. The latter set, which celebrated Madonna’s landmark 50 no. 1s on billboard‘s Dance Membership Songs chart, hit no. 1 on billboard‘s Prime Dance/Digital Albums chart and marked her 23rd high 10 charting set on the all style Billboard 200.


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