Archive for category 22. Like a prayer

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)


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:
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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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