- Product Code: 9362-49884-9
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The eleventh full-length studio album by legendary American Pop singer.
The final studio album of Madonna with the Warner Bros. Records, marking the end of a 25-year recording history, "Hard Candy" is primarily a Dance-Pop record, incorporating Hip Hop, Electropop, Disco, Electro, Funk and R&B.
Madonna started working on the album in early 2007, and collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, the Neptunes and Nate "Danja" Hills. The Pet Shop Boys were also asked to collaborate with Madonna on the album by Warner Bros., but the record company later changed their mind and withdrew their invitation.
After its release, "Hard Candy" debuted at number one in 37 countries worldwide, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United Kingdom and became the eleventh best-selling album worldwide of 2008, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The album has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, "Hard Candy" sold 100,000 copies in the United States upon its first day of release. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with over 280,000 copies sold. "Hard Candy" became Madonna's seventh number-one album, making her the female artist with the second most Billboard number one albums, behind only Barbra Streisand.
The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 4, 2008, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. As of December 2016, "Hard Candy" has sold 751,000 copies.
In Canada, the album debuted at the top of the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the Music Canada (MC) for shipments of 80,000 copies. As of January 2009, the album sold 169,000 units in Canada according to Nielsen Company.
In Australia, "Hard Candy" became Madonna's seventh album to reach number one on the ARIA Albums Chart. The album was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 70,000 copies there.
In New Zealand, "Hard Candy" debuted and peaked at number five on May 5, 2008, staying on the chart for nine weeks.
The album debuted at number one on the Oricon weekly album chart in Japan, selling around 55,462 copies, retaining that position for a second week due to an increase of sales to almost 80,000 copies. "Hard Candy" was her first album to top the chart in 18 years since "I'm Breathless" (1990). Madonna also became the first international artist in Japanese chart history to have number-one albums in three consecutive decades.
In Latin America, the album reached number three in Mexico and was certified Platinum.
In Argentina, the album reached the number one spot in the weekly charts and number three on the Monthly Album chart of CAPIF, and was certified Platinum. It was also certified Gold in Chile. The album was particularly successful in Brazil, where the songs "4 Minutes", "Give It 2 Me", "Heartbeat", "Beat Goes On" and "Candy Shop" were all certified Platinum, for sales of 60,000 copies of the songs as digital downloads.
"Hard Candy" also debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, making Madonna one of the few artists to achieve ten number one albums, behind Elvis Presley, with eleven, and the Beatles, with fifteen. The album was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of over 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom. According to the Official Charts Company, "Hard Candy" has sold 335,523 copies in the UK, as of September 2009.
It also reached the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart. In Germany, the album debuted at the top of the Media Control Charts and was present for forty weeks. In Ireland, the album debuted at the top of the Irish charts. "Hard Candy" also topped the albums chart in France. It sold 37,963 units in the first two days and was certified Platinum by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) for shipment of 200,000 copies. "Hard Candy was also the best-selling international album of 2008 in Italy according to Musica e dischi with over 170,000 units sold.
CD includes 16-page booklet.
Warner Bros. Records Inc., A Warner Music Group Company, 2008 (9362-49884-9). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Candy Shop 4:15
2. 4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland) 4:04
3. Give It 2 Me 4:48
4. Heartbeat 4:03
5. Miles Away 4:49
6. She's Not Me 6:05
7. Incredible 6:19
8. Beat Goes On (feat. Kanye West) 4:27
9. Dance 2night 5:03
10. Spanish Lesson 3:38
11. Devil Wouldn't Recognize You 5:09
12. Voices 3:39
Total playing time: 56:21 min.