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Madison Avenue (band)

Madison Avenue
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres House
Years active 1999–2003
Labels Virgin Records (1999–2003)
Associated acts Vandalism
Members Cheyne Coates
Andy Van Dorsselaer

Madison Avenue was an Australian house music duo consisting of writer-producer Andy Van Dorsselaer and singer-lyricist Cheyne Coates. Madison Avenue is best known for the song "Don't Call Me Baby", which peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1999 and number one in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in 2000.


  • History 1
  • Personnel 2
  • Discography 3
    • Studio albums 3.1
    • Mix albums 3.2
    • Singles 3.3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Before joining Madison Avenue, Cheyne Coates was working as a choreographer and singer in Melbourne. Coates met producer and writer Andy Van Dorsselaer (aka Andy Van) in a dance club. Van was the founder of the Vicious Vinyl record label and had remix credits for Tina Arena and CDB. Van Dorsselaer had won an ARIA award for his production work on "Coma" by Pendulum.[1]

The duo started working together mainly as writers and producers in 1998. Madison Avenue recorded their first single, "Fly", featuring Kellie Wolfgram as the vocalist. However, Coates sang on the group's breakthrough single "Don't Call Me Baby", as Van Dorsselaer preferred her version, even though the song was initially used as the guide track for Wolfgram.[1]

"Don't Call Me Baby" proved to be a breakthrough record for Madison Avenue, peaking at number two on the Australian charts in 1999. It sold 200,000 singles in Australia. The single was released internationally in 2000. In the UK, the single topped the UK Singles Chart, selling 400,000 copies in that country. The song was also a hit throughout the rest of Europe. By this stage, Coates was widely established as the public face of the band, although Madison Avenue was originally intended to be a collective dance group like C&C Music Factory or Soul II Soul.

Their only studio album, The Polyester Embassy, was released in 2000 and reached number 4 on the Australian album charts. It spawned three other singles: "Who the Hell Are You?", a number one hit in Australia, "Everything You Need", and "Reminiscing", a cover version of the 1978 hit written by Graeham Goble for the Little River Band.

Madison Avenue won the Best Dance Artist award at the International Dance Awards in 2001 in Miami.[1]

Madison Avenue created some controversy at the 14th Annual ARIA Awards when Cheyne acted strangely during her live performance. Halfway through the set, Cheyne beckoned to a backstage crew member to bring her out a glass of water, which she placed in the middle of stage, clearly visible in the camera shot, then sashayed around on stage with it during parts of the performance, occasionally drinking from the glass. Her behaviour led many critics to believe that Cheyne was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Since the performance, Madison Avenue's visibility in Australia declined significantly, effectively signalling the end of the band's career.

Madison Avenue broke up in 2003. As of 2004, Coates was pursuing a solo career. Andy Van went on to create the band Vandalism.



Studio albums

Year Album details Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2000 The Polyester Embassy
  • Released: 2 October 2000
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vicious Grooves
4 63 74
  • AUS: Platinum[5]

Mix albums


Year Title Chart positions Certifications Album
U.S. Dance
1999 "Don't Call Me Baby" 2 41 1 22 11 47 38 1 88 1
  • AUS: 3× Platinum[13]
  • NZ: Gold[14]
  • UK: Silver[15]
The Polyester Embassy
2000 "Who the Hell Are You" 1 32 10 1
  • AUS: Platinum[13]
"Everything You Need" 6 33 24
  • AUS: Gold[13]
2001 "Reminiscing" 9
  • AUS: Gold[16]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Madison Avenue". HowlSpace. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Madison Avenue - The Polyester Embassy (Album)". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Madison Avenue/ORICON (in Japanese)
  4. ^ a b "Chart Log UK". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Chanson)". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Song)". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Nummer)". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Song)". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby (Song)". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "The Polyester Embassy".  
  13. ^ a b c ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Singles. ARIA Charts: Australia's Official Music Charts. Retrieved on 2 January 2012
  14. ^ RIANZ Charts - 9 July 2000. Retrieved on 2 January 2012
  15. ^ BPI Certified Awards Search. Retrieved on 2 January 2012
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Singles". ARIA Charts: Australia's Official Music Charts. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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