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Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like 'Live to Tell,' 'Open Your Heart,' 'Frozen' and 'Like a Prayer.'

The latter cut was the lead single and title track from Madonna's 1989 album, which now celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was released by Sire/Warner Bros. Records on March 21, 1989, and shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 shortly thereafter. It spent six weeks atop the chart - her longest run at No. 1 for any album.

To celebrate a quarter century of 'Like a Prayer,' Billboard spoke to Leonard - the primary co-writer and co-producer of the set - to discuss the making of the album and his recollections of working with Madonna. (Would you believe 'Like a Prayer' was written in one day? And the entire album was written in less than two weeks?)

In our lengthy chat, we discuss everything from where Prince pops up on the album (it might surprise you), to Leonard's all-time favorite song they did together. Not to mention those rumors that he's working with Madonna on her next album.

To read the full interview visit www.billboard.com/patrick-leonard-talks-like-a-prayer-at-25


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Like a Prayer is a Detroit Madonna Masterpiece! Highlights are the #1 hit title cut, Express Yourself, Promise to Try, Cherish, Oh Father and Evita Prelude Spanish Eyes-that song is so sad! Brilliant job Madonna!


@Leon181 - yes! I always thought it sounded a little like "When Doves Cry", and this maybe explains why!


me too!!! he absolutely bought out the best in Madonna lyrically & musically!! I really wish she'd stop all these collaborations & working with naff but 'in' people ;( she's sooooo much better than that--ive been a M fan from day one--more than 30 years--but she's becoming like an embarrassing aunt now-it makes me so sad.xxx


Me too Jeffrey!


Couldn't agree more with you Jeffrey; Leonard was always Madonna's greatest producer and together they created some of her most iconic and timeless songs that will ultimately, in time, define her legacy. I'd love to see her working with him - and Nile Rogers - again.


Interesting that Prince is playing the guitar riff at the beginning of Like A Prayer before the door slams


I'm sure Madonna would work with these guys again. I think her focus TODAY is more with up to date sounds for a possible top 40 up to top 10 hit and that's ok. They way it is today it makes sense, however it would be nice to see what more magic they would create gain..


oh how I wish they would work together again for another entire album.

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