On this day in music history: October 20, 1992 - “Erotica”, the fifth album by Madonna is released. Produced by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Andre Betts, it is recorded at Mastermix Studios and Soundworks Recording Studios in New York City from November 1991 - August 1992. Madonna’s first full studio release (not counting “I’m Breathless”) since 1989’s “Like A Prayer”, “Erotica” is a concept piece about sex and sexuality, with the singer adapting the alter ego of “Mistress Dita”. Musically it is heavily influenced by the house music, and new jack swing movements ruling both the club scene, and mainstream pop at the time. Madonna works closely with producer and remixer Shep Pettibone and producer Andre Betts on the project, spending nearly ten months in the studio. Released in tandem with the sexually graphic picture book “SEX”, the album also attracts a great deal of controversy for its explicit sexual content, leading to public backlash and resistance from radio programmers and video outlets. It spins off five singles including “Deeper And Deeper” (#7 Pop), “Rain” (#14 Pop), and the title cut (#3 Pop), whose video is significantly re-edited in order to be broadcast. Originally released on a limited basis as a double promo vinyl LP in the US (commercially in some international territories), “Erotica” receives its first commercial vinyl release stateside (pressed on 180 gram vinyl) in 2016. “Erotica” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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