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Madonna Hollywood
"Hollywood"
Released July 14, 2003
Length 4:24
Writer(s) Madonna
Mirwais Ahmadzaï
Producer(s) Madonna
Mirwais Ahmadzaï

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"Hollywood" is the second single off Madonna's ninth studio album American Life.

Background

When Madonna started working on her ninth studio album, the cultural mood of America was bleak and that of paranoia after the September 11 attacks. There was discontent and fear all around as the terrorism and hatred took people by surprise, as they started questioning the feasibility of the American Dream. While developing the songs for American Life with producer Mirwais Ahmadzaï, Madonna interrogated and pondered upon those values. The confusion, disorientation and the anger they created seeped into the making of each and every song, including "Hollywood". She later spoke about Ahmadzaï's downbeat existentialism and the long discussions they had about this, and society's obsession with fame and fortune.

Composition

The song is a bouncy folk-rock tune and a clubby disco beat underpins a mammoth bass line with freaky percussion, queasy arcing tones and madly treated vocals. "Hollywood" is written in common time with a moderately fast tempo of 126 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of C major with Madonna's voice spanning from B3 to C5. An abrupt shift of key takes place at about three minutes into the song, from B minor to C♯ minor.

Music Video

Music Video Information
Madonna - Hollywood (Video)03:59

Madonna - Hollywood (Video)

Released June 23, 2003
Length 3:58
Director Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Production Co Lynn Zekanis
Choreographer N/A
Filmed June 2-3, 2003
Location California
VEVO views 1 Millon Views

Lyrics

Everybody comes to Hollywood
They wanna make it in the neighbourhood
They like the smell of it in Hollywood
How could it hurt you when it looks so good?
Shine your light now
This time it's got to be good
You get it right now
Cause you're in Hollywood

There's something in the air in Hollywood
The sun is shining like you knew it would
You're riding in your car in Hollywood
You got the top down and it feels so good

Everybody comes to Hollywood
They wanna make it in the neighbourhood
They like the smell of it in Hollywood
How could it hurt you when it looks so good?

I lost my memory in Hollywood
I've had a million visions bad and good
There's something in the air in Hollywood
I tried to leave it but I never could

Shine your light now
This time it's got to be good
You get it right now yeah
Cause you're in Hollywood

There's something in the air in Hollywood
I've lost my reputation bad and good
You're riding in your car in Hollywood
You got the top down and it feels so good

Music stations always play the same songs
I'm bored with the concept of right and wrong

Everybody comes to Hollywood
They wanna make it in the neighbourhood
They like the smell of it in Hollywood
How could it hurt you when it looks so good?

Shine your light now
This time it's got to be good
You get it right now yeah
Cause you're in Hollywood
Cause you're in Hollywood
Cause you're in Hollywood
In Hollywood
In Hollywood
In Hollywood

Check it out
This bird has flown

Shine your light now
This time it's got to be good
You get it right now yeah
Cause you're in Hollywood
Cause you're in Hollywood
Cause you're in Hollywood
In Hollywood
In Hollywood
In Hollywood

Push the button
Don't push the button
Trip the station
Change the channel
Push the button
Don't push the button
Trip the station
Change the channel
Push the button
Don't push the button
Trip the station
Change the channel
Push the button
Don't push the button
Trip the station
Change the channel.

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