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Photo: More than three decades ago, Madonna was already one of the biggest, most controversial pop stars on the planet, but things went next-level with Like A Prayer, the first single to be taken from her fourth studio album of the same name.

Madonna hadn’t been doing much in the way of music for a couple of years, concentrating on the Who’s That Girl world tour, her movie career, and even made her Broadway debut, starring in David Mamet’s play Speed-the-Plow in 1988. Plus, she was starring in a very personal drama: the breakdown of her marriage to actor Sean Penn.


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