Madonna’s brother didn’t receive any royalties for dancing in a music video for one of her hit songs

TLDR;

  • Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, appeared in her video for “Lucky Star.”
  • Ciccone was paid $200 for his appearance.
  • “Lucky Star” became an international hit.

Madonna has made some of the most famous songs and music videos of all time. Madonna’s brother danced in one of her videos early in her career. He explained how he felt about being paid $200 for his appearance and not receiving any royalty on the video.

Madonna with her brother Christopher Ciccone | Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone flew to Los Angeles so he could appear in the video for one of her first songs

The Queen of Pop has a brother named Christopher Ciccone. Ciccone collaborated with his sister on a few occasions. In his 2008 book Life with my sister MadonnaCiccone has talked about appearing in one of the singer’s music videos.

“At the beginning of February, Madonna asked [me] to dance in his ‘Lucky Star’ video, to be shot in Los Angeles, and… I’m flying there,” he wrote. “It’s my first trip there since I was a teenager. I’ve never seen so many palm trees, so much sun and so many tanned, perfectly stretched faces in my life.

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What Christoper Ciccone thought appeared in the video for one of Madonna’s songs

Ciccone revealed what it was like to appear in the “Lucky Star” video. “We shoot the video in Charlie Chaplin’s old studio, which is pretty much the same as when it was originally built in the 1930s,” he recalls. “I only get $200 for dancing in the ‘Lucky Star’ video and I don’t get any royalties either.”

Even though Ciccone didn’t make a ton of money from his “Lucky Star” appearance, he has fond memories of the experience. “However, at the time, I was happy to be a part of it,” he noted. “The camaraderie between Madonna… and I is enough for me. After shooting the video, we all go to Studio One, above Rose Tattoo, and dance the night away.

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The way the world reacted to “Lucky Star”

“Lucky Star” became a hit. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. Madonna released “Lucky Star” on her self-titled album. Madonna reached #8 on the Billboard 200, remaining on the chart for 168 weeks. None of the Queen of Pop’s other albums have lasted so long on the charts in the United States.

According to The Official Charts Company, “Lucky Star” was also big in the UK. The track peaked at number 14 in the UK, remaining on the chart for nine weeks. Meanwhile, Madonna peaked at No. 6, remaining on the chart for 125 weeks.

“Lucky Star” and its music video have had an impact on pop culture. Switchblade Symphony and Alexandra Hope have released cover versions of the song. At Quentin Tarantino’s pulp Fictionone of the characters says she would like to look like Madonna in the “Lucky Star” video.

“Lucky Star” is a classic Madonna track and its music video has an interesting family connection.

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