Madonna has never ever been acknowledged for providing unforgettable motion picture performances or impactful ability ballads. And that is Okay! Not anyone can be very good at every thing. Even so, she’s designed some noble attempts in excess of the years. And not all of them have gotten the consideration they ought to have.

In 2000, the singer appeared together with Rupert Everett in the movie The Next Very best Factor taking part in Abbie, who’s straight, and Robert, who’s gay. The two BFFs come to a decision to elevate a boy or girl together only to get caught up in a bitter (and homophobic) custody battle following their friendship falls aside.

Irrespective of opening at #2 at the box place of work, The Upcoming Finest Detail was panned by critics and in the long run unsuccessful to get paid back its $25 million funds. (While it did land many Golden Raspberry nominations, which includes Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Screen Couple.)

Everett later on claimed the movie was accountable for killing the two his performing job and his friendship with Madonna, who he experienced been near with prior to filming. “We really don’t see each individual other anymore,” he instructed The Telegraph‘s Stellar Magazine in 2020. “I do pass up it.”

Madonna, he observed, is “an awesome man or woman and that aspect of my existence was incredibly enjoyable. To be performing a film with her, and to be a pal of hers, and to have been this sort of a lover of hers. But the fallout from the movie’s failure was gigantic for me, like an outer-house explosion.”

Most likely the only good detail to appear out of the challenge was its soundtrack, which Madonna govt produced. She handpicked all 12 tracks, contributing two of her personal: an digital include of Don McLean’s “American Pie”, which went on to be a #1 hit all over the earth, and a considerably lesser-regarded authentic observe titled “Time Stood Even now.”

The wistful electro-pop ballad was prepared by Madonna and producer William Orbit exclusively for the movie. It tells the bittersweet story of a marriage that has operate its program, with Madonna reflecting in excess of lush orchestral strings, “Maybe your the following ideal matter to come about/All the factors we could have been.”

Even with being a single of Madonna’s most lovely ballads, in addition to 1 of her technically greatest vocal performances, “Time Stood Still” was hardly ever launched as a one and largely went unnoticed… other than, randomly, in the Czech Republic, in which it briefly charted at #3 in the spring of 2000.

In 2005, British folk/digital singer Ellie Lawson sampled “Time Stood Still” in her tune “Inside Out” off her album The Philosophy Tree. While it capabilities an totally diverse melody and lyrics, Lawson’s track makes use of the same instrumentals and manufacturing. Madonna, Orbit, and Lawson are all credited as songwriters on “Inside Out”.

The soundtrack to The Upcoming Very best Matter was unveiled by Maverick Records on February 21, 2000 and achieved #34 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s currently out there to stream on line. Madonna has hardly ever performed “Time Stood Still” dwell, whilst a number of bootleg remixes have observed their way on to the web about the yrs.

While it may perhaps not have attained the similar standing as tracks like “Take A Bow” from Bedtime Tales, “You’ll See” from One thing To Bear in mind, or “You Need to Enjoy Me” from Evita, “Time Stood Still” is a noteworthy entry in Madonna’s catalogue of ballads. Practically 25 decades immediately after currently being recorded, it nonetheless stands the check of time.

By Indana