This was evident in the titles of the songs like "Nobody Knows Me", usage of "no" in "Love Profusion", as well as "Nothing Fails".  He explained that there are some influences from his work, but Madonna mostly wanted a minimalist structure for the album. It was released on April 21, 2003, by Maverick Records and Warner Bros. 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American Life , the song that is, nicely balancing straight forward sounding couplets with a melodic kind of refrain,just like Madonna did with songs like Ray of Light and Sky fits Heaven.  The album also gained Platinum certifications in countries such as France, Russia, and Switzerland, and Gold certifications in Brazil, Greece, and the Netherlands.  A stage was built in preparation for the performances with long dark drapes and large speakers, and according to Billboard was so that over one thousand fans nearby could hear the performance.  The track "I'm So Stupid" had gentle vocals, then the singing was frozen using a Roland VP-9000. The album, produced in its entirety by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï, features references to many parts of American culture. During the early 1990s, Madonna had focused on a number of provocative releases, like the erotic pictorial book Sex, the sadomasochist inspired album Erotica, and the erotic thriller, Body of Evidence, all of which she deduced was due to "a lot of rage and anger" within herself. American Life is the ninth studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. 'Cause you have all those things, I've had all those things, and I've had nothing but chaos around me. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2003 Explicit CD release of American Life on Discogs. Madonna is an American success story who is skilled at manipulating the media and making good business decisions. The producer combines different samples of songs from his own collections and keeps on trying until something new is developed. And I just want to tell people, take it from me, I have all those things and none of them ever brought me one minute of happiness.  "Love Profusion", was the fourth and final single from the album, released on December 8, 2003.  At the 2004 Billboard Touring Awards, Re-Invention Tour received the Top Tour while Madonna's tour manager Caresse Henry was awarded the Top Manager award. How can you say that fame and fortune are not a guarantee for happiness and joy and fulfillment in your life?'  The texture grows with addition of drums and synths, until after a minute the instrumental is pulled out, leaving just Madonna's vocals and the acoustic guitar accompaniment where she alludes to the Beatles’ Norwegian Wood During the final sequence, Madonna raps, as is featured in the first song, with the repeated phrase "Push the button". I believe more singles were released from this album than any other.  Lyrically, the song is an optimistic track about how a relationship will last as Madonna says "the road looks lonely but that's just Satan's game". Madonna in the original version of "American Life" video. How can you say that money won't bring you happiness if you don't have a lot of money? Four singles were released from the album. Without a compelling back story, her songs seem diminished".  The plan for the box set was eventually cancelled and Remixed & Revisited was released in its place.  She believed that the ensuing months with the war would lead to a politically charged atmosphere throughout the country, and wanted to express that in the record. " Greg Kot from the Chicago Tribune called the record an "electro-folk album" with electronic beats and synthetic burps.  However, by the beginning of the new millennium, Madonna was living a calmer, more introspective and wholesome life with her husband Guy Ritchie, their son Rocco, and Madonna's daughter Lourdes from a previous relationship.  In European countries, the album topped the charts in Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Belgium (Wallonia), Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.  The next week, sales dropped by 62% to 91,000 copies, and the album slid from the top of the chart to number eight. Label: Maverick - 9362-48439-2,Warner Bros. Records - 9362-48439-2 • Format: CD Album, Enhanced Explicit • Country: Europe • Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop • Style: Folk Rock, Electro, Acoustic, Downtempo, Electroclash 1", "50 Cent Holds Off 'Idol' To Return To No.  The tenth track is "Die Another Day", the theme to the James Bond film of the same name which featured dominating string and synth parts.  Another nomination was for a similar category at the NRJ Music Awards of 2004.  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) awarded American Life Platinum certification, signifying sales of over one million copies across Europe. , To start marketing the album, Madonna embarked on a promotional tour across the United States and Europe.  In 2003, Madonna planned to release a special commemorative box set to celebrate her 20th anniversary in the music business and the release of her first studio album, Madonna, in 1983. All these excuses are rubbish because in the end you have to be responsible for your own actions.  Lyrically, the song reflects on Madonna's childhood including her mother's death and her father's reaction, and the effect on their relationship.  In Canada, the album debuted at the top of the Canadian Albums Chart with sales of 18,000 copies on May 10, 2003. The song was a top five hit in Canada, Italy and the United Kingdom. The tour was chronicled in the documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, which led to Madonna's first live album of the same name.  McDean had already worked with Madonna for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in October 2002; this shoot had a military theme, with Madonna posing in dark green and black clothes, combat boots, and guns. The title track and lead single was hampered by that rap, in… Still, she was not satisfied with the name, and finalized on American Life. It addresses Madonna's feelings towards old age, wanting to live forever, and coming full circle to a point in her life where she could be comfortable. Blender magazine listed the song as the ninth worst song ever.  French design team M/M Paris (Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak) were responsible for the artwork of American Life. We wanted to do something totally modern and futuristic but not very apparent. So I'm just sharing what I know with the world.  There are two music videos. Madonna – American Life.  The producer hoped that using stuttering would become a rage in the future world of recording. "Nothing Fails" and "Love Profusion", the third and fourth singles respectively, featured a lack of promotion resulting in poor commercial performances. " American Life became Madonna's final studio album with Maverick Records, and marked the end of an eleven-year recording history with the label. Hosted by Carson Daly, she sang songs from the album and answered questions from the audience.  Author Santiago Fouz-Hernández wrote in his book, Madonna's Drowned Worlds: New Approaches to Her Subcultural Transformations, that the inclusion of Guevara as an inspiration for the cover was one of the many instances of Madonna incorporating Hispanic identity and the Latino subculture in her work. I don't ever want to repeat myself or make the same record twice. And it follows through on that promise, sometimes explicitly and sometimes implicitly, but either way, American Life winds up as the first Madonna record with ambitions as serious as a textbook. The album is a folk and folktronica album; as well, it is influenced by acoustic music. It was released on April 21, 2003, by Maverick Records and Warner Bros. Records. You have to have that experience to know. Madonna partly agreed, saying that the tracks are extensions of one another, and portray her desire of giving importance to less noteworthy things, and how she could come out of that "illusion". You can lose everything because you can lose yourself. 'Cause I do think that we've become completely consumed with being rich and famous, our society has. , On August 27, 2003, Madonna opened the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards with American recording artists Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, performing a medley of "Like a Virgin" and "Hollywood". American Life initially received mixed reviews; critics found the record confusing and "about Madonna".  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