Evita is a soundtrack album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on November 12, 1996 by Warner Bros. Records. It was released to promote and accompany the 1996 motion picture, Evita. The soundtrack additionally includes performances by Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail, but is considered a Madonna album after the majority of the songs are sung by her.[2] The RIAA certified it Gold and Platinum on January 24, 1997 and 5× Multi Platinum on March 29, 1999, recognising 2.5 million shipments throughout the United States (as it is a double album and exceeds 100 minutes in length, the RIAA counts each unit sale twice).

The soundtrack was released in two different versions: a two-disc edition entitled Evita: The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack featured all the tracks from the film, and Evita: Music from the Motion Picture, a single-disc edition contained a selection of highlights from the soundtrack. The soundtrack includes three singles by Madonna; "You Must Love Me" (#18 in the US and #10 in the UK), "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (#8 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #1 in France) and "Another Suitcase in An Additional Hall" (#7 in the UK).

Background

The soundtrack was released in two different versions: a two-disc edition entitled Evita: The Motion Picture Music Soundtrack featured all the tracks from the film, and Evita: Music from the Motion Picture, a single-disc edition contained a selection of highlights from the soundtrack. The single-disc version uses the same artwork that was used to promote the film. The album was an international top 10 success, reaching #2 in the US and #1 in the UK, and contains three hit singles; "You Must Love Me" (#18 in the US and #10 in the UK), sung by Madonna; "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (#8 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #1 in France), additionally sung by Madonna; and "Another Suitcase in An Additional Hall" (#7 in the UK), in which Madonna sings lead vocals.

"You Must Love Me", specially composed for the film Evita, won both the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Madonna, herself, took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, and the film won the award for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Later, an instrumental dance interlude of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" was performed on her 2001 Drowned World Tour, and in 2004, Madonna performed "Lament" throughout her Re-Invention Tour on an electrical chair. In 2008 and 2009, she performed "You Must Love Me" throughout Sticky & Sweet Tour, accompanied by the Kolpakov Trio, a Russian Roma ensemble. During her concerts at the River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which were filmed for later broadcast and DVD/Blu-ray release, Madonna additionally sang "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" after the performance of "You Must Love Me".[4] During The MDNA Tour concerts in Buenos Aires, Madonna sang an acoustic version of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina".[5]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Tim Rice, all music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack – Disc 1
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952"  John Mauceri1:20
2."Requiem for Evita"  John Mauceri4:16
3."Oh What a Circus"  Madonna, Antonio Banderas5:44
4."On This Night of a Thousand Stars"  Jimmy Nail2:24
5."Eva and Magaldi / Eva Beware of the City"  Madonna, Jimmy Nail, Antonio Banderas5:20
6."Buenos Aires"  Madonna4:09
7."Another Suitcase in An Additional Hall"  Madonna3:33
8."Goodnight and Thank You"  Madonna, Antonio Banderas4:18
9."The Lady's Got Potential"  Antonio Banderas4:24
10."Charity Concert / The Art of the Possible"  Jimmy Nail, Jonathan Pryce, Antonio Banderas2:33
11."I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You"  Madonna, Jonathan Pryce4:18
12."Hello and Goodbye"  Madonna, Andrea Corr, Jonathan Pryce1:46
13."Peron's Latest Flame"  Madonna, Antonio Banderas5:17
14."A New Argentina"  Madonna, Jonathan Pryce8:13
Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack – Disc 2
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada (Part 1)"  Jonathan Pryce1:28
2."Don't Cry for Me Argentina"  Madonna5:31
3."On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada (Part 2)"  Madonna2:00
4."High Flying, Adored"  Madonna, Antonio Banderas3:32
5."Rainbow High"  Madonna2:26
6."Rainbow Tour"  Antonio Banderas, Gary Brooker, Peter Polycarpou4:50
7."The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines (You'd Like to Hear)"  Madonna, Antonio Banderas2:31
8."And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out)"  Antonio Banderas3:53
9."Partido Feminista"  Madonna1:40
10."She Is a Diamond"  Jonathan Pryce1:39
11."Santa Evita"  John Mauceri2:30
12."Waltz for Eva and Che"  Madonna, Antonio Banderas4:31
13."Your Little Body's Slowly Breaking Down"  Madonna, Jonathan Pryce1:24
14."You Must Love Me"  Madonna2:50
15."Eva's Final Broadcast"  Madonna3:05
16."Latin Chant"  John Mauceri2:11
17."Lament"  Madonna, Antonio Banderas5:17
Notes
  • The two-disc edition includes the entire soundtrack to the film, while the single-disc edition includes the highlights from the film soundtrack.
  • "Latin Chant", which appears as a separate track on the 2-CD edition, is incorporated into "Eva's Final Broadcast", hence the longer running time.

Credits

  • Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Produced by Nigel Wright, Alan Parker, Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Caddick
  • Mixed by Madonna, David Reitzas and Nigel Wright
  • Engineered by Dick Lewzey, David Reitzas, Robin Sellars and Mark "Spike" Stent
  • Orchestrations by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Additional orchestrations by David Cullen

Charts

ChartPeak
position
Australia Albums Chart[6]5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7]1
Dutch Albums Chart[6]6
Finnish Albums Chart[6]17
French Albums Chart[6]2
Italian Albums Chart[8]2
Japanese Albums Chart[9]21
New Zealand Albums Chart[6]6
Norwegian Albums Chart[6]3
Spanish Albums Chart16
Swedish Albums Chart[6]5
Swiss Albums Chart[6]1
UK Albums Chart[10]1
US Billboard 200[11]2

Year-end charts

Chart (1997)Position
German Albums Chart[12]13

Certifications

RegionCertificationSales/certified units
Argentina (CAPIF)[13]Platinum60,000
Australia (ARIA)[14]Platinum70,000
Australia (ARIA)
Original complete recording
Gold35,000
Austria (IFPI Austria)[15]2× Platinum100,000
Brazil (ABPD)[16]Gold100,000
Germany (BVMI)[17]Platinum500,000
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[18]Platinum20,000
Netherlands (NVPI)[19]Gold50,000
New Zealand (RMNZ)Platinum15,000
Norway (IFPI Norway)[20]Gold25,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)Gold50,000
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[21]Platinum50,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[22]2× Platinum600,000
United States (RIAA)[23]5× Platinum5,000,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone