• Like a Prayer reached the number 1 position in the Album top 100 charts in Holland for one week only
  • Like a Prayer is known for being Madonna’s most personal album to date, Madonna wanted to reach a more mature audience and therefore had a much more mature sound
  • Pepsi and Madonna signed a deal, they would sponsor her upcoming ‘Like a Prayer’ world tour and the song and her would premiere in their commercial. Commercial was made and aired, however after seeing the music video to LAP and the heavy criticism they cancelled their deal with Madonna, she was allowed to keep the money though. The large campaign Pepsi set up (posters, cans, shirts) are now rare and valuable collector’s items
  • the Like a Prayer music video was one of the most controversial in the history of music video’s, a black Jesus? burning crosses? of course the mainstream crowd didn’t ‘get it’. Such a shame according to Madonna and director Mary Lambert, as the story they wanted to tell was falsely implied
  • Herb Ritts was reponsible for the album cover artwork
  • Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone created the artwork for the LAP 12″ vinyl single
  • Madonna performed at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards and gave the world a sneak preview of her upcoming Blond Ambition Tour, singing Express Yourself
  • Madonna originally wanted to keep her own haircolor for the promotion of the record (brown), however the recording of Dick Tracy forced Madonna to go back to blond
  • Like a Prayer was released one day earlier to set release date in Holland by mistake, a record store in Friesland received a copy and thanks to him Dutch radio station KRO aired two songs off the album (Cherish and Love Song).
  • Warner Music wasn’t amused and for a long time refused to deliver to the record dealer in Friesland
  • Because of the negative vibe surrounding the Like a Prayer music video, two Dutch fans planned a positive action by sleeping outside a music store in order to be the first to buy the LP the next day, little did they know that the album went on sale one day earlier
  • Like a Prayer was the first LP, CD and MC that was patchouli scented (and still smells like this today)
  • The video to Express Yourself was announced in Holland with a 30 second teaser saying: Madonna is coming
  • Dutch TV show Countdown had set up an interview exclusively with Madonna (well so they said), unfortunately this was the same interview that M had given to MTV. They made it look like they had a live connection through satellite with M in LA
  • Cherish was the third single with a video directed by Herb Ritts
  • In Europe Dear Jessie was later released as a single, America chose Oh Father as next single (France released a 7″ single of this as well). Oh Father received a beautifully shot video, while Dear Jessie was given an animation treatment without Madonna in it
  • Keep it Together was the very last single off the album and only released in Japan and the USA (and later re-issued in Australia as well)
  • Spanish Eyes was only issued as a promo only 7″ vinyl in Spain

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