"Burning Up" (AA side single with "Physical Attraction" in some countries) is the second single by American singer-songwriter Madonna and was released on March 9, 1983 by Sire Records. It appears on her 1983 debut studio album Madonna.
The song was released as a single in the U.S., The Netherlands, Chile, Mexico, Japan, and Australia, among others, but was not released commercially in the U.K. In Spain it was issued as "Ardiendo" in a unique picture sleeve.
Of particular note, it is possibly Madonna's only officially released song that she had written and performed long before being signed to Sire Records in 1982. Prior incarnations of the song appear in several bootleg forms, both live with her band Emmy and also as an early studio demo, featuring Madonna on rhythm guitar. Over two decades later, she would play rhythm guitar on the track again when it was performed on her 2004 Re-Invention Tour. The single was performed by Iggy Pop at the 2008 induction ceremony for Madonna into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The song was also performed on The Virgin Tour in 1985, although left off the commercial VHS release.
Original vinyl pressings of her debut album feature a longer, alternate studio version of the song which also appears on the Australian 7-inch single as well as the B-side to the UK 7-inch single of "Angel" from 1985. The shorter, more guitar-driven version which was used in the video and on subsequent pressings of the album is generally known as the definitive version of the song.
The cover-artwork for the single features pictures taken by David Cunningham and was designed by Madonna's friend Martin Burgoyne, who later died of AIDS.
The song was a Top 20 hit in Australia in June 1984, peaking at number 13 after having originally charted in the lower reaches of the Top 100 in November 1983. Interest was renewed in the single after the Top 5 success of "Holiday" in May 1984. An interview on the Australian music show Countdown with Molly Meldrum also drew attention to the talent that would dominate pop music for the rest of the decade.
Despite the song being less successful than its predecessor, its still respectable performance in the club/dance charts prompted Sire Records to greenlight Madonna's debut album. It was released as a double A-side single in some countries with "Physical Attraction", which did not have a video shot for it. It has been reported that after this single, "Lucky Star" was released in some countries.
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|Brazil Hot Dance Charts : B-Side "Physical Attraction"||1|