Like a Prayer Dutch WEA promotional brochure (1989) – happy 30th

Happy 30th to masterpiece ‘Like a Prayer’! 

For this celebration Warner Music have a special 30th anniversary edition available through online streaming services (please see widgets). Unfortunately there is no physical remaster of this album out (yet), which is long overdue!

We have added this rare Dutch WEA promotional brochure to the Like a Prayer album promo page, dated March 17 1989. This brochure was sent out to inform on upcoming releases (we have previously shared the one that included the Like a Prayer single). In this brochure they inform on the various releases, promo ads and that this is without doubt the musical release of the year.

Check this out and much more in the Album Promo page

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Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 30: Here’s Where She Goes From Superstar to Artistic Great

As 1989 began, there was no question that Madonna was already a decade-defining superstar. But no one knew if she, like Bee Gees to the ‘70s or Beach Boys to the ‘60s, would prove a decade-constricted artist whose relevance would wane as a new decade turned over.

Like a Prayer, the magnum opus of her first decade and arguably her defining creative statement, came out 30 years ago today (March 21, 1989) and established that Madonna was not a pop star for her time, but for all time. And in the process, it gave us one of the most unlikely No. 1 smashes of her (or any career) and forced the world beyond her teenage fanbase to acknowledge her formidable vision.

Since history is written by the victors, Madonna maintaining her pop culture dominance well past the ‘80s seems like a historical inevitability these days. But in 1989, that was hardly the case. While she’d netted six Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s prior to Like A Prayer and released five smash albums (three studio LPs, a soundtrack and a remix album), her sound had remained decidedly of the era up until this point. Even as her subject matter deepened on 1986’s True Blue(dedicated to husband Sean Penn, from whom she’d file for divorce in Jan. 1989), the sonic palette was unmistakably ‘80s: bubbling dance-pop for the high-energy numbers, pounding beats and widescreen production for the ballads, and her voice only occasionally stretching for maturation (as on “Live to Tell”).

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Thirty Years Ago, Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ Cemented Controversy As A Pop Star’s Greatest Weapon

If released in 2019, Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer” video would have ignited a different controversy than the one it stirred up in 1989. Throughout the clip, broadcast in advance of the album of the same name, the singer dances in a field of burning crosses, the instantly and viscerally recognizable motif of the Ku Klux Klan. It’s not exactly her symbol to appropriate. A generous reading of the video suggests she is deploying the inflammatory image toward a commentary on racism in the United States. In the video’s narrative, a black man is arrested by white cops for a crime he did not commit. It’s the same old story: He witnessed a gang of white men assault a white woman, ran over to help her, found himself the one in handcuffs. The stories nursed by white supremacy insist he must be responsible for the violence, so into the can he goes. And then there’s Madonna, dancing in front of the KKK’s crosses, hinting at a link between the racists in uniform and those cowering under white hoods. She presages Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 refrain: “Some of those who work forces / Are the same who burn crosses.”

Thirty years ago, Madonna came under fire not for flashing the burning cross and not even for suggesting that the police are racists but for being horny for God. Before you see the video’s instigating event — the assault, the arrest — you see Madonna rushing into a church, distraught. She finds a wax saint in a cage. He weeps and comes to life, and she falls for him, taking him into her arms until he becomes a real boy. By today’s metrics, it’s a benign enough image, but in 1989 it was enough to send the American Family Association into a tizzy. Madonna had an advertising deal with Pepsi, and the AFA, along with other right-wing Christian groups, furiously called for Pepsi boycotts. Reagan had just left office, succeeded by Reagan-lite (George H.W. Bush). Pop stars couldn’t simply f*ck saints without repercussions.

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Sex. Religion. Death. Conical bras. Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’ and Blond Ambition Tour at 30

Provocative and – at the time – shocking, Madonna’s fourth album ‘Like A Prayer’ rocked the establishment, and set a new template for self-empowered women in pop. The Blond Ambition world tour that followed, meanwhile, changed the face of live music forever. On the 30th anniversary of the album’s release, El Hunt tells the story

Some albums are worth judging by their cover. With two thumbs poked defiantly into a denim waistband – like a bedazzled answer to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the USA’ – the artwork for ‘Like A Prayer’ is the perfect visual for Madonna’s audacious, unflinching fourth record. Released on March 21, 1989, this daring exploration of catholicism, desire, bereavement, superstardom and pleasure is an unparalleled totem of pop music 30 years on.

Arriving three years after ‘True Blue‘, a record of bright, loved-up bubblegum pop gold, ‘Like A Prayer’ is abrasive and raw. Moving the focus away from presenting a collection of immediate wall-to-wall bangers, Madonna’s 1989 release feels more concerned with exploration instead. Hulking great ballad ‘Oh Father’ cleverly alludes to her fractured relationship with her father and god at the same time; not your typical album fodder. ‘’Till Death Do Us Part’ also nods toward her split from her then-husband. “I’m not your friend, I’m just your little wife,” Madonna sings, atop jaunty, fidgeting melodies.

Read more at https://www.nme.com/features/sex-religion-death-conical-bras-madonnas-like-prayer-blond-ambition-tour-30-2463908#OzP2UMoql3val37H.99

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Like a Prayer turns 30! A personal memoir by Hans

 

Hans decided to spent the night in front of a local record store to camp out and be the first to be Madonna’s brand new album ‘Like a Prayer’ back in March 1989. There had been a load of negative publicity in Dutch press regarding the Like a Prayer video and Pepsi withdrawing their commercial and promotional campaign, so Hans wanted to turn things around and try to do something positive.

Well he did make the newspaper the next day but not really how he had planned it. Hans spent the entire night in front of the record store only to find out the very next morning that the album had been on sale since 4pm the previous day.

In the end he wasn’t the first Dutchie to buy the album, but he did succeed in creating some positive press for Madonna!

 

 

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Madonna Sends Fans Into a Frenzy With New Music Teaser

The art of teasing new music is one that many pop stars deal with on a regular basis — do you offer up a clip of a song, do you send out some new cover art, or do you just announce you have new projects on the way?

On Monday (March 18), Madonna tweeted out a cryptic photo of a hand cutting an apple with a knife, saying that fans could be expecting new music coming their way soon. “A Taste of things to come……………” she captioned her photo.

Fans took to Twitter to express their curiosity and excitement surrounding the star’s mysterious announcement. Some simply expressed their glee at the thought of new Madonna music, while others attempted to decode her message and determine what it meant.

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Madonna’s ‘Music’ single discography online – 52 different pressings!

We have finally added the discography to Madonna’s smashing hit single ‘Music’.

Due to the many formats of this CD single it took a while to scan and photograph it all. ‘Music’ is one of Madonna’s greatest hits, a fine collaboratin with the incredible Mirwais it became a smash hit worldwide. Madonna was pregnant with Rocco when she shot the music video for it (starring Ali G.)

Madonna has performed the track on various tours including her latest Rebel Heart Tour, it’s a track that always gets a re-invention when included in the setlist.

In the discography we have included 52 different pressings of this single, including many rarities such as security service CD’s and a 3″ prototype of the U.S.A. DVD single!

To check it all out click HERE

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MOTLEY CRUE COVER MADONNA’S ‘LIKE A VIRGIN’

Motley Crue and virginity go together like oil and water (ie: they don’t mix). Except on the soundtrack for Crue’s The Dirt biopic where the hair metal hellraisers elected to cover the classic Madonna track “Like a Virgin,” which you can hear below.

The initial idea to record a cover of the song spontaneously popped into bassist Nikki Sixx‘s head, although he admitted he wasn’t so sure about the move at first. Producer Bob Rock had a hard time buying in, but he was swayed after Sixx and Tommy Lee presented him with a demo cut.

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Pond cover Madonna’s “Ray of Light” in one of the best Like a Version performances ever: Watch

Few pop stars adapted to the rise of electronic dance music as masterfully as the Queen of Pop herself, Madonna. Way back in 1998, when EDM was largely still a club genre, Madge released Ray of Light, a sonic shift in direction that is still one of her most successful adventures to date. The center piece of the album was the title track, a Grammy-winning single that demonstrated all that was possible in the pop-electronica conversion.

Now, psych-rockers Pond have followed Madonna’s path by proving the track remains a genre bridge with their cover for Like a Version. In what could go down as one of the best performances from the long-standing triple j segment, the Australian outfit push the song two decades into the present with tighter drumming and a modernization of the pulsing synth drones. Frankly, the whole thing would still be incredible just as an instrumental, especially with Nick Allbrook and Shiny Joe Ryan’s guitar work, but it’s the former’s vocals that take it over the top with their slightly psychedelic edge.

Fans should be hoping this cover finds its way into Pond’s live set soon, but until it does, check out the Like a Version rendition below.

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Madonna Has A New Single Titled ‘Love Hard’ Coming Out Soon (not confirmed!)

Obviously this is just speculation and the fact that Andy Lecompte has this as a tattoo on his hands, is basically a confirmation that he is just joking around. Also would it be in his place to reveal Madonna’s single title?

From Inquisitr.com:

It has been said that Madonna has been working on new music, but fans can expect to hear something real soon. Her stylist, Andy LeCompte revealed on his Instagram that her new single is titled “Love Hard” in the comments section after posting a video of the Queen of Pop.

The video upload see’s Madge in hair and makeup as she drinks coffee and lights up a cigar. Fans have assumed she is shooting promotional photos or the album cover. The video upload had been hashtagged the rumored next single. When a fan asked her stylist if “Love Hard” is the next single, he replied saying it was.

 

Madonna’s last release, Rebel Heart, was her 13th studio album. The album topped the charts in Australia while peaking at No. 2 in the U.K. and U.S. The album contained collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Chance The Rapper, Mike Tyson, and Nas.

To support the album, she embarked on a world tour with the same name. It went across North America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. In total, she performed 82 shows which grossed $169.8 million.

Recently, Latin artist Maluma told E! News he had been working on new music with Madonna. He revealed that they met at the MTV Video Music Awards and that they had been cooking up some music since then. He said he hopes she decides to release some of it in the future for the world to hear.

Madonna burst onto the music scene in 1983 with her self-titled album. Since then, she has released many iconic records that have sold in their millions — Like A VirginTrue BlueLike A PrayerRay Of LightMusic, and Confessions On A Dancefloor to name a few.

Her signature singles — “Holiday,” “Like A Virgin,” “Into The Groove,” “Material Girl,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Vogue,” “Frozen” — have influenced a generation of pop stars and entertainers.

Madonna’s first movie, A Certain Sacrifice came out in 1985. However, it was filmed before her breakthrough, in 1979. Since then, she has gone on to star in Vision QuestDesperately Seeking SusanWho’s That GirlDick TracyA League of Their OwnEvita, and Die Another Day.

In 2008, she made her debut as a film director for Filth and Wisdom. Since then, she has directed W.E. and secretprojectrevolution.

She has been nominated for 28 Grammy Awards and has taken home seven trophies. Her first win came in 1992 for Best Music Video, Long Form for Blond Ambition World Tour Live. Her most recent win, in 2008, was for the same category for The Confessions Tour.

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Illustration is for entertainment purposes only, has nothing to do with Madonna’s upcoming project! 

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Pose Season 2: Is Madonna Joining The Cast? When Will It Release?

The Storyline Of Pose Season 2

It was recently revealed that the story of Pose Season 2 will take a one year leap. The first season lived in 1988. Hence, the narrative of the upcoming season will come to life from 1989. It will end by March of 1990. This was when Maddona’s Vogue led the ballroom culture into the mainstream. Hence, the new season will highlight the shimmery yet the darker side of the industry.

The story will enlighten the effects of the song on the mainstream. The bling of ballroom culture was unknown by the industry before Madonna came up. Audiences went crazy, and the sector somehow realized its importance. Hence, the upcoming season is expected to portray the same era with the brilliant cast from Season 1.

Also, Pose Season 2 will also focus on HIV-positive characters. Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) and Pray Tell (Billy Porter) have the fatal disease, and we will see them struggling with their lives in the new installment. The series may explore their stories after they succumb to AIDS.

Madonna To Play Herself In Pose Season 2

As hinted by showrunner Ralph Murphy, fans may get to see Madonna in the new season. The famous singer and actress may not just join the cast of the show, but she may also play herself. However, even after hinting her arrival, Murphy is yet to confirm her casting. Although, her followers are already excited by the news and look forward to seeing her in the favorite show.

Pose Season 2

However, if Madonna denies playing the part, Murphy will have to cast another actress to perform her role. It will be exciting to know who will play her character in Pose Season 2. Though, fans hope that they may get to see Madonna as herself in the new installment.

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MADONNA’S EUROVISION PARTICIPATION UNCLEAR AFTER CONTROVERSIAL SONG CHOICE

Madonna’s participation in the Eurovision competition is currently unclear after production officials reviewed the song list the singer was preparing to work off of and found one of the songs to be inappropriate for the their audience and expected atmosphere of the competition, according to Ynet.

A new replacement song has not yet surfaced, and it is unclear if one will.

A number of sources located within the Eurovision contest itself expressed their dismay with the intended performance of the song, while other demanded for artistic freedom to be respected and to leave the choice up to Madonna herself. The director general of the broadcasting company is in favor of the latter and directed production not to interfere with her artistic expression.

Meanwhile, Israeli media unofficially reported that Madonna filmed a political advertisement which would “lead to controversy.” It is unclear if this is in any relation to the controversial song choice.

Canadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams said Tuesday that it is “looking very good” that Madonna will perform at the Eurovision this year.

Adams, speaking at the Keshet INTV Conference at the YMCA in Jerusalem, said he had gotten involved with the upcoming Eurovision in Tel Aviv in the hopes of bringing a huge-name artist to the show.

“We’ve reached out to Madonna to try to add a little bit of glitz to the event,” said Adams to Channel 12 News reporter Ben Mittelman. “It’s looking very good that she’s going to come here and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Last month, reports leaked out that Adams had approached KAN and offered to foot the bill for bringing Madonna to appear at the live grand finale in Tel Aviv on May 18. Ynet reported that Madonna had demanded more than a million dollars to appear at the show. KAN’s budget for the 2019 Eurovision – funded partly by a loan – stands at NIS 120 million.

Adams told the audience of global media professionals that hosting major international events in Israel is a serious boost for its image. The billionaire was a driving force behind Israel hosting the first three days of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race last year.

“There’s a steady drumbeat of negative news here, because of the density of journalists here in Israel, and here is one time where we were able to flip that on its head,” said Adams. “Here, for a few days, people got to see us unfiltered in their own living rooms through their TV sets.”

Adams, who describes himself as a “self-appointed ambassador at large for Israel,” said that events like the Giro d’Italia and the Eurovision are “a tremendous way to boost tourism. And I think the more people we bring here, the more people see our true nature, and the true beauty of our country and our people, and the freedom and openness and tolerance and safety of our country.”

He said he has been in talks with government authorities and ministries to establish a permanent fund to host and stage such events.

“The Giro d’Italia was proof of concept – it was proof that there is no event that we cannot host here,” Adams said. “We have the expertise to manage everything.”

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SYLVAN ADAMS: ‘LOOKING VERY GOOD’ THAT MADONNA WILL PERFORM AT EUROVISION

anadian-Israeli billionaire Sylvan Adams said Tuesday that it is “looking very good” that Madonna will perform at the Eurovision this year. 

Adams, speaking at the Keshet INTV Conference at the YMCA in Jerusalem, said he had gotten involved with the upcoming Eurovision in Tel Aviv in the hopes of bringing a huge-name artist to the show.

“We’ve reached out to Madonna to try to add a little bit of glitz to the event,” said Adams to Channel 12 News reporter Ben Mittelman. “It’s looking very good that she’s going to come here and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.” 

Last month, reports leaked out that Adams had approached KAN and offered to foot the bill for bringing Madonna to appear at the live grand finale in Tel Aviv on May 18. Ynet reported that Madonna had demanded more than a million dollars to appear at the show. KAN’s budget for the 2019 Eurovision – funded partly by a loan – stands at NIS 120 million.  

Adams told the audience of global media professionals that hosting major international events in Israel is a serious boost for its image. The billionaire was a driving force behind Israel hosting the first three days of the Giro d’Italia bicycle race last year.

“There’s a steady drumbeat of negative news here, because of the density of journalists here in Israel, and here is one time where we were able to flip that on its head,” said Adams. “Here, for a few days, people got to see us unfiltered in their own living rooms through their TV sets.”

Adams, who describes himself as a “self-appointed ambassador at large for Israel,” said that events like the Giro d’Italia and the Eurovision are “a tremendous way to boost tourism. And I think the more people we bring here, the more people see our true nature, and the true beauty of our country and our people, and the freedom and openness and tolerance and safety of our country.”   

He said he has been in talks with government authorities and ministries to establish a permanent fund to host and stage such events. 
“The Giro d’Italia was proof of concept – it was proof that there is no event that we cannot host here,” Adams said. “We have the expertise to manage everything.” 

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