I do not feel that Madonna is ready yet

1981: Not believing her to be “ready yet”, then-President of Millenium Records Jimmy Ienner politely turns down an aspiring singer by the name of Madonna after listening to four or her songs; his least favourite of which – Love On The Run – can be heard above. Her debut album was released by Sire Records just two years later, to mixed reviews.

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Mr. Alec Head
c/o Media Sound
311 West 57th Street
New York, N.Y. 10019


Dear Alec:

I enjoyed listening to Madonna. The production, arrangements and she are very strong. The direction is a good one, in my opinion. The only thing missing from this project is the material. I liked “I Want You”, “Get Up” and “High Society”, but I did not like “Love On The Run” at all. I do not feel that she is ready yet, but I do hear the basis for a strong artist. I will pass for now, but I will wait for more.

Good luck and thank you for thinking of me.

Best regards,


Jimmy Ienner