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The seventh full-length studio album by legendary American Pop singer.
A stylistic and aesthetical departure from her previous work, "Ray Of Light" is an electronica and Techno-Pop record, which incorporates multiple genres, including Ambient, Trip Hop, Psychedelic and Middle Eastern music, while also seeing Madonna singing with greater breadth and a fuller tone. Mystical themes are also strongly present in both, the music and lyrics, as a result of Madonna embracing Kabbalah, her study of Hinduism and Buddhism, and her daily practice of Ashtanga yoga.
"Ray Of Light" has been called it Madonna's most adventurous record, and most mature and restrained album. It has been noted for its introspective, spiritual, and religious nature, with Madonna's vocals also being commended. Retrospectively, the album has continued receiving critical acclaim from contemporary critics and is often considered to be her best album. On top of this, the album is frequently cited by critics as one of the greatest mainstream Pop albums of all time. Music critics have noted the album's influence on popular music, and how it introduced Electronica into mainstream Pop culture in America. They also noted Madonna's musical re-invention, which helped the 39-year-old remain contemporary among the teen-marketed artists of the period.
"Ray Of Light" won four Grammy Awards from a total of six nominations. 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 17 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and charted within the top-five in most musical markets. It broke the record as Warner Music Group's album with most shipments before release at 2.5 million units worldwide (excluding the US figures), before being surpassed by Madonna's own next album, "Music". Ultimately, the album managed to sell 3 million copies in five days. Worldwide, "Ray Of Light" has sold over 16 million copies and is one of the best-selling albums by women.
On March 16, 2000, the album was certified four times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of four million units of the album. Madonna became the first female artist to have seven multi-Platinum studio albums by RIAA. It was later certified seven-times Platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for shipment of 700 000 copies.
"Ray Of Light" enjoyed commercial success in Latin America, being certified 3× Platinum in Argentina for 180 000 copies recognized by Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas (CAPIF) and Platinum in Brazil for shipments of over 250 000 units certified by Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos (ABPD). In Mexico, initial shipments of the album were 30 000 units. The album also achieved commercial success in Oceania, debuting at number one on the albums chart in Australia and New Zealand. It was certified triple Platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Platinum by Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) for shipments of 210 000 and 15 000 copies respectively. In Asia, "Ray Of Light" topped the album charts of Israel and Singapore and sold one million units in the continent as of June 1999. It was also the best-selling album from Warner Music company in the Asia-Pacific region during the 1998.
Ray of Light achieved its biggest commercial reception in European countries, where it topped the European Top 100 Albums chart and was certified seven times Platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for sales of seven million copies, becoming the ninth best-selling albums in Europe for the 1998-2007 period. In the United Kingdom, "Ray Of Light" debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart with opening sales of nearly 139 000 copies and remained at the top spot for two weeks. It was certified six times Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipment of 1.8 million copies. As of 2018, the album sold 1 730 000 units in the UK according to Official Charts Company. In France, "Ray Of Light" entered the albums chart at number two, staying there for seven weeks before descending the chart. It was certified three times Platinum by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP) for shipments of 900 000 copies. In Germany, the album reached number one on the Media Control Charts and remained there for seven weeks. It remains Madonna's best-selling album in Germany, with three times Platinum certification from Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) for shipment of 1.5 million copies. "Ray Of Light" debuted at number one in Italy and sold 500 000 copies by July 1998, a sum that increased to 600 000 units as of 2000. In the rest of Europe, "Ray Of Light" topped the official charts of Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Spain and Switzerland.
"Ray Of Light" has been featured on numerous critics' lists of the greatest albums of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine placed the album at number 367 on the list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In September 2020, an updated edition of the Rolling Stone list was published, showing the album rising 145 spots, to number 222. In 2001, a quarter of a million music fans on VH1 voted "Ray Of Light" as the 10th of "100 Best Albums of All Time". In 2003, "Ray Of Light" was allocated at number 17 on Q Magazine readers' list of "100 Greatest Albums Ever". The album is also included in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Mojo Magazine also listed "Ray Of Light" at number 29 on "100 Modern Classics: The Greatest Albums of Our Lifetime". In 2013, the album was included at number 241 on NME Magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Madonna herself has considered "Ray Of Light" the most fulfilling evolution of her career.
Maverick Recording Company/Warner Records Inc., a Time Warner Company, 1998/2019 (9362-46847-1). Made in Germany. 180g Double Vinyl.
1. Drowned World / Substitute For Love 5:08
2. Swim 5:00
3. Ray Of Light 5:20
4. Candy Perfume Girl 4:36
5. Skin 6:21
6. Nothing Really Matters 4:26
Running time: 30:51 min.
1. Sky Fits Heaven 4:47
2. Shanti / Ashtangi 4:29
3. Frozen 6:12
4. The Power Of Goodbye 4:12
5. To Have And Not To Hold 5:22
6. Little Star 5:18
7. Mer Girl 5:31
Running time: 35:51 min.
Total playing time: 66:42 min.