Album: Like A Prayer

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Like A Prayer

Like A Prayer (Front Cover)

Album details


Released: 21 March 1989
Length: 50:57
Label(s): Sire Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard 200 8 Apr. 1989 1(6) 77
USA: Billboard R&B Albums 15 Apr. 1989 47 10
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
U.K.: Gallup Album Chart 1 Apr. 1989 1(2) 72
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 23 May 1989 Platinum x2 (2 million)
RIAA, USA 23 Jan. 1990 Platinum x3 (3 million)
RIAA, USA 16 Jul. 1997 Platinum x4 (4 million)
BPI, U.K. 28 Mar. 1989 Platinum (300.000)
BPI, U.K. 17 Aug. 1989 Platinum x2 (600.000)
BPI, U.K. 1 Jan. 1990 Platinum x3 (900.000)
BPI, U.K. 1 Feb. 1995 Platinum x4 (1,2 million)
Awards
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released


Of the singles released from this album, only the one with a Prince contribution is listed below:

Like A Prayer
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See also


    
Like A Prayer is the fourth studio album by American singer and musician Madonna, and her first and only to include input by Prince.

The album contained Love Song (a duet with Prince), which is his only credited contribution to the album. Prince also plays guitar (uncredited) on Keep It Together and Act Of Contrition (which he also produced, and, in essence, created).

In addition, Prince contributed a guitar solo to Like A Prayer which was edited out of the album version (which features no input by Prince), but is included on a version released on the Like A Prayer maxi-single.


Promotion

The album produced six singles, Like A Prayer (which preceded the album), Express Yourself, Cherish, Dear Jessie, Keep It Together and Oh Father (of note is that while Prince played on the album version of Keep It Together, his contribution did not appear on the single version or its remixes).

The album was heavily promoted by Madonna (including the Blond Ambition World Tour), and reached number 1 on the US Billboard Pop Chart as well as the UK Gallup Album Chart.



Track listing
CD LP

Details given for Prince-related tracks only: The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. Like A Prayer (5:39) 1
  2. Express Yourself
  3. Love Song (4:52) 2
  4. Till Death Do Us Part
  5. Promise To Try
  6. Cherish
  7. Dear Jessie
  8. Oh Father
  9. Keep It Together (5:03) 3
  10. Spanish Eyes (known as Pray For Spanish Eyes on later editions)
  11. Act Of Contrition (2:19) 1

Side 1:

  1. Like A Prayer (5:39) 1
  2. Express Yourself
  3. Love Song (4:52) 2
  4. Till Death Do Us Part
  5. Promise To Try

Side 2:

  1. Cherish
  2. Dear Jessie
  3. Oh Father
  4. Keep It Together (5:03) 3
  5. Spanish Eyes (known as Pray For Spanish Eyes on later editions)
  6. Act Of Contrition (2:19) 1


1 Written by Madonna and Patrick Leonard
2 Written by Madonna and Prince
3 Written by Madonna and Stephen Bray



Personnel
Musicians
  • Madonna - lead vocals, background vocals, additional synthesizer
  • Prince - co-lead vocals and all instruments, except where noted, on Love Song, guitar on Keep It Together (uncredited), all instruments, except where noted, on Act Of Contrition (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Porcaro - drums (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • John Robinson - drums (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Jonathan Moffett - drums (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Guy Pratt - bass guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Randy Jackson - bass guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Bruce Gaitsch - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Chester Kamen - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Dann Huff - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • David Williams - guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Marcos Loya - requinto guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Bruce Gaitsch - acoustic guitar (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • The Andrea Crouch Choir - background vocals on Like A Prayer
  • Donna DeLory - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Lynne Fiddmont - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Marcos Loya - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Marilyn Martin - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Ali Nadirah - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Niki Haris - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Rose Banks - background vocals (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Geary Lanier - clavinet (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Joe Porcaro - marimba (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Luis Conte - percussion (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Paulinho Da Costa - percussion (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Patrick Leonard - acoustic piano, B3 organ, clavinet, synthesizer (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Jai Winding - synthesizer (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Stephen Bray - synthesizer (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)
  • Sandra Crouch - Spanish tambourine (credited for whole album, specific involvement uncertain)


Production


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Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

This section is under construction

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia


References
CK album.jpg 1988
CK
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1989
Time Waits For No One
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