"At the time we were doing the groove stuff on the True Blue album, it was semi-innovative. God forbid that I might have contributed to the mess we're in now." The Spanish "La Isla Bonita" and "Love Makes the World Go Round" deal with escapism from normal life, with the latter talking about anti-war and anti-poverty and using Latin drums and samba-influenced rhythms.
On March 6, 1986, at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London, during a press conference for Shanghai Surprise, Madonna confirmed that she was working on a new album named Live to Tell, which would be later changed to True Blue.
It became the world's top-selling album of 1986, and with estimated sales of over 25 million copies worldwide, True Blue remains one of the best-selling albums of all time.
All five singles released from the album reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Live to Tell", "Papa Don't Preach", and "Open Your Heart" peaking at number one.
The album features instrumentation from acoustic guitars, drums, synthesizers and Cuban musical instruments.
The topic for the songs range from love, freedom, and in the case of "Papa Don't Preach", social issues like teenage pregnancy.
With this album, Madonna toned it down for a more bubblegum-pop voice.