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Friday 20 April 2018

This week in 1998

Madonna's hit, Frozen, reached the top of the UK charts this week 20 years ago, and number 4 in Ireland
Madonna's hit, Frozen, reached the top of the UK charts this week 20 years ago, and number 4 in Ireland

Two years after Madonna starred as Eva Peron in Evita, she was back with a new perspective and new, seventh studio album 'Ray Of Light'.

'Frozen', which has nothing to do with the smash-hit 2013 movie of the same name, was released as the lead single and quickly found favour with fans, and in the charts.

A No. 1 in the UK chart from 20 years ago above (and No. 4 in Ireland), it reached number 2 in the US, the sixth track by Madonna to peak at the number two position in the Billboard Hot 100, overtaking Elvis's record of most number-two hits.

In 2005 in Belgium 'Frozen' landed Madonna in hot water as a judge ruled the opening four-bar theme had been plagiarised from the song 'Ma Vie Fout le Camp' ('My Life's Getting Nowhere'), by Salvatore Acquaviva. As a result, the Madonna song was banned from a region where it had previously reached No. 3 in the charts. The ruling was overturned in 2014, lifting the Belgian ban.

1 Frozen - Madonna

2 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

3 Brimful of Asha - Cornershop

4 The Ballad of Tom Jones - Space feat Cerys

5 Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

6 Doctor Jones - Aqua

7 How Do I Live - Leann Rimes

8 Show Me Love - Robyn

9 Be Alone No More - Another Level

10 Who Am I - Beenie Man

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