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Madonna challenges music and catechism

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Record album by Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

Like a Prayer (1989) simultaneously illustrated some of the most innovative and cynical features of the music industry. The biggest winner from the album’s historic impact was its artist and co-producer: Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.

The album led the charts in the USA, UK, four continents, and 19 countries. “Love Song” (a duet with Prince) and “Spanish Eyes” were fan gems; “Cherish” and “Express Yourself” were Top Two hits. But it was “Like a Prayer” that made the greatest impact. Remix versions became a hit on Pop,Top 40, Rock, Easy Listening, R&B, and Dance radio playlists. One rare version removed Madonna’s vocals and highlighted the backup choir to enhance the song’s appeal to gospel deejays.

The video version of “Like a Prayer” resonated with sonic and visual references to Madonna’s Catholic upbringing. It earned vehement condemnation from religious organizations (including the Vatican), and cost a multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Pepsico.

Controversy just increased popular demand. “Like a Prayer” made huge profits for radio stations, video networks, music stores, and dance halls.

This album and its single remixes are available in vinyl, CD, and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing them from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

According to legend, when music industry leaders endeavored to use the album’s creative and commercial impact as the basis for presenting Madonna an Artist of the Decade award, the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson, squelched the effort.

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