Very rare “Hard Candy” CD, hand signed by Madonna TWICE – once on the front cover and once on the CD, both in black sharpie. This is the only signed copy of Hard Copy we have ever owned.
Hard Candy is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on April 19, 2008, by Warner Bros. Records. It was her final studio album with the record company, marking the end of a 25 year recording history. Madonna started working on the album in 2007, and collaborated with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Nate “Danja” Hills. The album has an overall R&B vibe, while remaining a dance-pop record at its core. Pet Shop Boys were also asked to collaborate with Madonna on the album by Warner Bros. but the record company later changed their mind and withdrew their invitation. After its release, Hard Candy debuted at number-one in 37 countries and was the eleventh best-selling album worldwide in 2008, according to theInternational Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The album has sold more than four million copies worldwide. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Hard Candy sold 100,000 copies in the United States upon its first day of release. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with over 280,000 copies sold. Hard Candy became Madonna’s seventh number-one album, making her the female artist with the second most Billboard number one albums, behind only Barbra Streisand.The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on June 4, 2008, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. As of January 2012, Hard Candy has sold 740,000 copies there according to Nielsen SoundScan. In Canada, the album debuted at the top of the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for shipments of 80,000 copies.