Madonna Is On Fire

The Material Girl's "Burning Up" in this week's edition of Forgotten Videos
  • Madonna in "Burning Up"
March 28, 2012 -- 3:33 pm PDT
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Welcome to Forgotten Videos. For some, these videos are forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or vice-versa. … We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

Madonna 
"Burning Up"
1983

In 1983 a young ambitious girl from Bay City, Mich., named Madonna Louise Ciccone was on the precipice of becoming one of the most celebrated female pop stars of all time. Nearly three decades later, she's still a force to be reckoned with. Following her energetic performance at this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 5, this week the Material Girl released her 12th studio album, MDNA, proving she's still as fierce as ever with songs such as "I Don't Give A" featuring Nicki Minaj and "I'm A Sinner." But before she was Madge, British, Buddhist, and writing/directing her own films, she was simply Madonna. Let's look back on the spunky pop songstress of 1983.

"Burning Up" was the second single from Madonna's 1983 self-titled debut album, which spun into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, an impressive feat for the newcomer. The song and accompanying video served as a bit of an ironic prelude to Madonna's 1984 sophomore set, Like A Virgin, with lyrics that speak to the artist's lack of shame when it comes to proclaiming her passion for her lover. The video portrays Madonna crawling around in suggestive positions, wearing a choke chain for a necklace and with sweat dripping down her face for good measure. Said lover is seen driving, seemingly in search of something, though we're not sure if he's coming after the one who's burning up for him. At the end of the video Madonna drives away in the same car as her (now apparently former) lover. What happened to the guy is left to the imagination, but one thing is clear — Madge was in control.

Madonna is considered one of the first female pop stars to achieve complete control not just over her music but her image as well. When asked what she hoped to achieve as an artist during an interview in 1983, she replied, "Stardom." Madonna has clearly achieved that and so much more, evidenced by the seven No. 1 albums and seven GRAMMYs she's garnered to date.

But Madonna isn't only a star unto herself, she's lending her talents to help others in need. Aside from her philanthropic work, which includes efforts with UNICEF and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Madonna is helping comedians all over the world learn how to dance. She shared a few tips with Jimmy Fallon during her Facebook interview with the TV show host last weekend.

What do you think? Is Madonna still burning up? Got any Forgotten Video recommendations? Leave us a comment. 

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