Archive for category 27. Keep it together

Keep it together

(Written by Madonna/Stephen Bray. Producer: Madonna/Stephen Bray)
Released by Sire Records on January 30, 1990

Found in:
Like a prayer (1989)

Certification: GOLD (500,000 copies)

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


Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: February 3, 1990
Peak date: March 31, 1990
Final week on chart: April 28, 1990
Peak: #8
Chart run: 56-41-34-28-23-20-15-9-8-17-29-49-83-off (13 weeks)

BILLBOARD HOT 100: (March 31, 1990)
#1 “Black velvet” ALANNAH MYLES
#2 “Love will lead you back” TAYLOR DAYNE
#3 “I wish it would rain down” PHIL COLLINS
#4 “I’ll be your everything” TOMMY PAGE
#5 ”All around the world” LISA STANSFIELD
#6 “Don’t wanna fall in love” JANE CHILD
#7 ”Escapade” JANET JACKSON
#8 “Keep it together” MADONNA (9 weeks/2 weeks at Top 10)
#9 ”Get up (Before the night is over) TECHNOTRONIC
#10 “Here and now” LUTHER VANDROSS

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: ?, 1990
Peak date: ?, 1990
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #7
Chart run:
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Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: ?, 1990
Peak date: ?, 1990
Final week on chart: ?
Peak: #7
Chart run: ? (? weeks)

Adult Contemporary
Debut date: February 17, 1990
Peak date: March 24, 1990
Peak position: #32
Final week on chart: April 7, 1990
Chart run: 49-?-?-?-?-32-?-?-off  (8 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: February 24, 1990
Peak date: March 31, 1990
Peak position: #1 (1 week)
Final week on chart: April 28, 1990
Chart run: 26-12-7-5-3-1-2-6-21-44
-off (10 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: March 3, 1990
Peak date: April 7-14, 1990
Peak position: #1 (2 weeks)
Final week on chart: May 5, 1990
Chart run: 20-9-5-4-3-1-1-2-12-38-off (10 weeks)

UK Singles

Rest of the world

Australia: #1
Canada: #8
Italy: #16
Japan: #5

Worldwide Sales: 1,000,000

“Keep it together” is Madonna’s 27th single and 22th in the United States. It’s the 6th and final single from her 4th studio album “Like a prayer”, and as such it was a minor hit for Madonna. With the lack of a music video it still it managed to reach the Top 10 in the US (the 18th Top 10 single for Madonna) and it even reached number one in Australia, but mainly because it was featured as the B-side of Vogue. This song is Madonna’s take on family issues, and it also features autobiographical lyrics, while musically it has been compared to Sly and the family Stone and Sister Sledge. This would be the last time Madonna and long time collaborator Stephen Bray would work together.

The amazing performance Madonna gave for this song at the Blond Ambition Tour certainly makes me forget there wasn’t a music video to promote the song. I still rank it as one of Madonna’s most memorable renditions ever, a clever homage to “A Clockwork Orange” and “Cabaret” mixed with the initial notes of “Family affair” by Sly and the Family Stone.

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