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Dear Jessie

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on December 10, 1989

Found in:
Like a prayer (1989)

Live performances on Tour:
None

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
NOT RELEASED IN THE USA

UK Singles
Debut date: December 16, 1989
Peak date: December 30, 1989-January 13, 1990
Peak: #5 (3 weeks)
Certification: SILVER
Final week on chart: February 10, 1990
Chart run: 9-7-5-5-5-16-28-42-50-off (9 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #51
Austria: #21Eurochart Hot 100: #9
Germany: #19
Japan: #25
Ireland: #3
Netherlands: #25
Spain: #17
Switzerland: #16

Worldwide Sales: 350,000

“Dear Jessie” is Madonna’s 26th overall single and was released to some European territories, as well as Australia and Japan. It was not released in the USA. It’s the fifth single from “Like a prayer” and even though it was a small release, it’s also a brave choice for a single, as it sounds more like a lullaby than a conventional pop song, but as mellow as it may sound, “Dear Jessie” has fierce string arrangements, trumpets, unexpected changes in tempo and psychodelic  synthesizers, not common in a regular pop tune. The video for the song, combines live action and animation, but does not feature Madonna in it, making it her only video where she doesn’t appear on screen.

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Oh father

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on October 24, 1989

Found in:
Like a prayer (1989)
Something to remember (1995)

Certification: NONE

Live performances on Tour:
The Blond Ambition Tour (1990)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: November 11, 1989
Peak date: December 30, 1989, January 6, 1990
Final week on chart: February 3, 1990
Peak: #20 (2 weeks)
Chart run: 55-45-40-35-30-27-21-20-20-24-44-70-100-off (13 weeks)

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: ?, 1989
Peak date: ?, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #16
Chart run:
 ? (? weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: November 11, 1989
Peak date: December 23, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #22
Chart run: ? (? weeks)

Adult Contemporary
DID NOT CHART

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
DID NOT CHART

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
DID NOT CHART

UK Singles
Release date in the UK: December 24, 1995
Debut date: January 6, 1996
Peak date: January 6, 1996
Peak: #16
Certification: NONE
Final week on chart: February 10, 1996
Chart run: 16-21-32-42-59-73-off (6 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #59
Canada: #14
Eurochart Hot 100: #62
Finland: #6
France: #26
Japan: #12
Ireland: #25
Italy: #6

Worldwide Sales: 1,000,000

“Oh father” is Madonna’s 25th overall single and 21th in the United States. It’s the fourth single from, “Like a prayer”. This song follows the opposite direction of the previous single. While “Cherish” had a lighthearted theme, Madonna here deals with serious stuff and gives a compelling rendition to autobiographical lyrics while showing a true vulnerability. Without a doubt this is one of Madonna’s most bravest choices for a single, and even though it was not a huge hit, compared with anyone’s standars, it did pretty well, reaching Top 20 in the US and UK, and even Top 10 in Finland and Italy. Sadly, it also ended Madonna’s incredible streak of 17 consecutive Top 10 hits, and 16 consecutive Top 5 hits, but as a reward, we got an amazing black and white video shot by David Fincher, and the general audience became aware to a very different side of Madonna.

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Cherish

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on August 1, 1989

Found in:
Like a prayer (1989)
The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: NONE
B-side: Supernatural

Live performances on Tour:
The Blond Ambition Tour (1990)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: August 19, 1989
Peak date: October 7-14, 1989
Final week on chart: November 25, 1989
Peak: #2 (2 weeks)
Chart run: 37-28-20-14-10-5-4-2-2-12-23-38-52-77-99-off (16 weeks)

BILLBOARD HOT 100: (October 7, 1989)
#1 ”Miss you much” JANET JACKSON
#2 ”Cherish” MADONNA (8 weeks/4 weeks at Top 10)   
#3 ”Girl I’m gonna miss you” MILLI VANILLI
#4 ”Heaven” WARRANT
#5  ”If I could turn back time” CHER
#6 “Mixed emotions” THE ROLLING STONES
#7  ”Love song” THE CURE
#8  ”18 and life” SKID ROW
#9 “Bust a move” YOUNG MC
# 10 “It’s no crime” BABYFACE

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: ?, 1989
Peak date: ?, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #2
Chart run:
 ? (? weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: ?, 1989
Peak date: ?, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #2
Chart run: ? (? weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: August 26, 1989
Peak date: October 7-14, 1989
Peak position: #1 (2 weeks)
Final week on chart: December 23, 1989
Chart run: ?32-14-10-8-6-4-1-1-2-3-9-12-16-20-28-39-48-49-off  (18 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
DID NOT CHART

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
DID NOT CHART

UK Singles
Debut date: September 16, 1989
Peak date: September 23, 1989
Peak: #3
Certification: NONE
Final week on chart: November 4, 1989
Chart run: 16-3-7-10-20-30-41-64-off (12 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #4
Austria #16
Belgium: #7
Canada: #1
Eurochart Hot 100: #3
France: #15
Germany: #16
Ireland: #2
Italy: #3
Netherlands: #15
Norway: #10
Spain: #10
Switzerland: #10

Worldwide Sales: 1,250,000

“Cherish” is Madonna’s 24th overall single and 20th in the United States. It’s the third single from her 4th studio album, “Like a prayer”, and suffered the same fate as her previous single “Express yourself” peaking again at number 2 for two weeks, behind “Miss you much” by Janet Jackson, but at the same time it became her 16th consecutive Top 5 single on the Billboard Hot 100, a record that still stands undeafeated to this day. The release of “Cherish” lacked any controversial aspect, at the contrary, it’s probably the most romantic love song Madonna released since “True blue”. The video shot by the late photographer Herb Ritts, features men dressed and mermen, while Madonna sings playfully at the beach shore, portraying them as the objects of desire for women. “Cherish” was a hit also at the Adult Contemporary chart giving Madonna her third number one single on that chart.


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Express yourself

(Written by Madonna/Stephen Bray. Producer: Madonna/Stephen Bray)
Released by Sire Records on May 9, 1989

Found in:
Like a prayer (1989)
The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: GOLD (500,000 copies)

Live performances on Tour:
The Blond Ambition Tour (1990)
The Girlie Show (1993)
The Reinvention Tour (2004)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: June 3, 1989
Peak date: July 15-22, 1989
Final week on chart: September 16, 1989
Peak: #2 (2 weeks)
Chart run: 41-32-24-13-6-4-2-2-3-11-24-36-55-70-85-98-off (16 weeks)

BILLBOARD HOT 100: (July 15, 1989)
#1 “If you don’t know me by now” SIMPLY RED

#2 ”Express yourself” MADONNA (7 weeks/3 weeks at Top 10)
#3 ”Good thing” FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS
#4 ”Toy soldiers” MARTIKA
#5 ”Baby don’t forget my number” MILLI VANILLI
#6 ”Batdance” PRINCE
#7 “Miss you like crazy” NATALIE COLE
#8 ”What you don’t know” EXPOSE
#9 “The doctor” THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
#10 “So alive” LOVE AND ROCKETS

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: ?, 1989
Peak date: ?, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #2
Chart run:
 ? (? weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: ?, 1989
Peak date: ?, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #3
Chart run: ? (? weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: June 10, 1989
Peak date: July 29, 1989
Peak position: #12
Final week on chart: September 16, 1989
Chart run: ?-37-32-26-21-16-16-12-14-17-25-?-?-?-?-off  (15 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: June 10, 1989
Peak date: July 8-22, 1989
Peak position: #1 (3 weeks)
Final week on chart: August 12, 1989
Chart run: 40-17-6-3-1-1-1-6-25-49
-off (10 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: June 24, 1989
Peak date: July 22-August 12, 1989
Peak position: #1 (4 weeks)
Final week on chart: September 9, 1989
Chart run: 21-7-2-2-1-1-1-1-6-14-27-45-off (12 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: June 3, 1989
Peak date: June 10-17, 1989
Peak: #1 (3 weeks). Certification: SILVER
Final week on chart: August 5, 1989
Chart run: 10-5-5-10-15-24-34-37-58-69-off (12 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #5 (Platinum)
Austria #5
Belgium: #2
Canada: #1
Eurochart Hot 100: #1
Germany: #3
Ireland: #3
Italy: #1
New Zealand: #2
Netherlands: #5 (Gold)
Norway: #4
Spain: #3
Sweden: #3
Switzerland: #1

Worldwide Sales: 1,700,000

“Express yourself” is Madonna’s 23th overall single and 19th in the United States. It’s the second single from her 4th studio album, “Like a prayer”, and has become another trademark song for Madonna. Conceived as an anthem for female empowerment with the ultimate message to express your feelings, otherwise you won’t get what you want. The upbeat dance-pop anthem became an instant hit for Madonna, her 15th consecutive Top 5 single in the US and reaching Top 5 in many markets around the world. At this stage Madonna was unstoppable, reaching one of the biggest peaks of her ever ascending popularity, and had already become a household name, unfortunately the song was kept from number one by “If you don’t know me by now” by Simply Red, and “Toy soldiers” by the one hit wonder Martika.

The video for “Express yourself” is another highlight in Madonna’s career.  Directed by David Fincher, it earned five nominations, including Best female video, at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards where she gave a memorable performance of the song, and became the inspiration for her next tour, as “Express yourself” became the opener for the Blond Ambition Tour, wearing the Gaultier designed conical bra and the Barbie ponytail, one of Madonna’s most recognized incarnations. 





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Like a prayer

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on March 21, 1989

Found in:
Like a prayer (1989)
The Immaculate Collection (1990)
Celebration (2009)

Certification: PLATINUM (1,000,000 copies)

Live performances on Tour:
The Blond Ambition Tour (1990)
The Reinvention Tour (2004)
The Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008-2009)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: March 18, 1989
Peak date: April 22-May 6, 1989
Final week on chart: July 1, 1989
Peak: #1 (3 weeks)
Chart run: 38-25-11-5-3-1-1-1-2-10-18-31-41-56-73-98-off (16 weeks)

BILLBOARD HOT 100: (April 22, 1989)
#1 ”Like a prayer” MADONNA (6 weeks/3 weeks at Top 10/1 week at #1) 

#2  ”She drives me crazy” FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS
#3  ”The look” ROXETTE
#4 ”Funky cold medina” TONE-LOC
#5 “I’ll be there for you” BON JOVI
#6 “Stand” R.E.M.
#7 “Heaven help me” DEON ESTUS
#8 ”Girl you know it’s true” MILLI VANILLI
#9 ”Eternal flame” BANGLES
#10 “Second chance” THIRTY EIGHT SPECIAL

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: ?, 1989
Peak date: ?, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #1
Chart run:
 ? (? weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: ?, 1989
Peak date: April 8, 1989
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #1
Chart run: ? (? weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: March 18, 1989
Peak date: May 13, 1989
Peak position: #3
Final week on chart: July 15, 1989
Chart run: 36-24-16-15-10-7-5-4-3-5-9-16-22-25-30-?-?-?-off  (18 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: March 25, 1989
Peak date: April 15-22, 1989
Peak position: #1 (2 weeks)
Final week on chart: May 27, 1989
Chart run: 47-14-5-1-1-3-5-19-40-44
-off (10 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: April 8, 1989
Peak date: April 22-May 13, 1989
Peak position: #1 (4 weeks)
Final week on chart: June 24, 1989
Chart run: 5-2-1-1-1-1-2-3-6-14-25-37-off (12 weeks)

UK Singles
Debut date: March 18, 1989
Peak date: March 25, 1989
Peak: #1 (3 weeks). Certification: GOLD
Final week on chart: June 3, 1989
Chart run: 2-1-1-1-3-8-18-25-27-43-58-74-off (12 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #1 (2xPlatinum)
Austria #2
Belgium: #1
Canada: #1
Eurochart Hot 100: #1
Finland: #12
France: #2
Germany: #2 (Gold)
Ireland: #1
Italy: #1
Japan: #1
New Zealand: #1
Netherlands: #2 (Platinum)
Norway: #1
Spain: #1 (Gold)
Sweden: #1
Switzerland: #1 (Platinum)

Worldwide Sales: 4,200,000

“Like a prayer” is Madonna’s 22th overall single and 18th in the United States. It’s the lead single from her long awaited studio album (almost a 3 year wait) from the same name. Like a prayer represented a huge change in Madonna’s career, at a time when she was trying to convey a more  grown up image, this single incorporated elements of a more rock-pop oriented song, and features a gospel choir. Madonna has always liked to play it big, and after such a long hiatus, she was determined to let the world know she was back, and the best way to do that, at least according to her experience, was to create a huge controversy mixing the right elements of sex and religion.

It became Madonna’s most controversial moment when she released the video to this song, probably the most celebrated one in history after Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The video compares sexual and religious ecstasy, along with Madonna kissing a saint and her dancing in front of burning crosses, enraged the Roman Catholic church, and eventually was banned in many countries. It also led to the cancellation of Madonna’s sponsorship from Pepsi, and the withdrawal of the Pepsi ad where “Like a prayer” was featured. However,  the success of the single was huge, Like a prayer hit the top spot everywhere, and has become one of her most recognizable and a signature song for her. Definately one of her most gigantic global hits she has had.




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Spotlight

(Written by Madonna/Stephen Bray/Curtis Hudson. Producer: Stephen Bray)
Released by Sire Records on April 25, 1988

Found in:
You can dance (1987)

Certification: None

Live performances on Tour: None

Chart Positions

Japan Oricon Weekly Singles Chart: #68
Japan Oricon International Singles Chart: #3
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #32

Worldwide Sales: 350,000

“Spotlight” is Madonna’s 21th overall single and it was the first and only single released from “You can dance”, although it was only issued in Japan, where it hit the Top 5 on the International Singles chart. In the US however, it only charted on the Hot 100 Airplay Chart, reaching a peak of #32. At the time it was not eligible to chart on the Hot 100, due to the lack of a physical release. Spotlight sounds and feels like an early Madonna track, and very reminiscent of “Holiday”, the reason could be that one of its co-writers, Curtis Hudson also has co-writing credits here. Overall it’s really not an outstanding track, but fits very well as the introduction to “You can dance”. 

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The look of love

(Written by Madonna/Patrick Leonard. Producer: Madonna/Patrick Leonard)
Released by Sire Records on November 25, 1987

Found in:
Who’s that girl Soundtrack (1987)

Certification: None

Live performances on Tour:
The Who’s that girl Tour (1987)

CHART RUNS

UK Singles
Debut date: December 12, 1987
Peak date: December 19, 1987
Peak: #9. Certification: NONE
Final week on chart: January 23, 1988
Chart run: 15-9-14-16-15-36-65-off (7 weeks)

Rest of the world

Belgium: #9
Eurochart Hot 100: #17
France: #23
Germany: #34
Ireland: #6
Netherlands: #8
Switzerland: #20

Worldwide Sales: 500,000

“The look of love” is Madonna’s 20th overall single and it was only issued in some European territories. It’s the third and last single from the soundtrack to the movie “Who’s that girl. This was Madonna’s third ballad single, after “Crazy for you” and “Live to tell”, and probably it would have been fully promoted had the movie been successful. Having been only performed on The Who’s that girl Tour and with no video to promote it, “The look of love” remains among those forgotten singles that the new generations are not aware of. 

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