” Papa Don’t Preach ” is by Madonna ( Madonna Louise Ciccone ), the American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. The song was written by Brian Elliot and Madonna.
Brian, born into a musical household, taught himself to play piano at an early age. His early influences were Fats Domino and Ray Charles. In 1978 he released a self-titled album on the WEA record label.
Production for the single was by Madonna and Stephen Bray ( Stephen Pate Bray ), the American songwriter, drummer and record producer. In 2017 he won a Grammy Award for the Best Musical Theater album of the Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple. Longtime Madonna collaborator Stephen owns the Saturn Sound recording studios and the record label Soultone Records.
” Papa Don’t Preach ” was released the 11th of June 1986 by record label Sire and Warner Bros. ( both Warner Music Group ) and taken as the second single from Madonna’s third album, True Blue.
The album was released on the 30th of June 1986 on the Sire record label. True Blue delt with Madonna’s visions of love, work, dreams and her disappointments. It was inspired by Sean Penn, her then-husband, with the whole album dedicated to him. The album was a massive success commercially, in the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album 7× Platinum with sales of seven million in the US alone.
” Papa Don’t Preach ” was described by Brian Elliot as ” a love song, maybe framed a little bit differently “. He got the inspiration for the song from overhearing teenagers gossiping outside his studio. There was a significant front window that doubled as a mirror in front of his studio was used by schoolgirls from the North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles as a stop off to do their hair and chat.
The lyrics caused a bit of a stir at the time with various right-to-life organisations jumping into a debate about whether the song’s lyrics romanticised pregnancy and encouraged young girls to not think about having an abortion.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Brian replied to the criticism many had aimed at him and the lyrical content of the song, ” But I had no ambitions for this to be adopted by any special interest groups. I’m not much of an activist, and I don’t have any banner to wave. I just wanted to make this girl in the song a sympathetic character. As a father myself, I’d want to be accessible to my children’s problems “.
The accompanying music video was directed by James Foley, the American film director. It was in 1984 that James made his directorial debut with the American romantic drama film, Reckless. The US R rated movie starred Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah.
In the video for ” Papa Don’t Preach ” there feature shots of the New York skyline and the Staten Island Ferry. Madonna can be seen dressed a tomboy who is dressed in jeans, a black leather jacket and a t-shirt showing ” Italians do it better “.
The song was a commercial success for Madonna. In the United States it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number forty-two, and within eight weeks of the song’s release, it had climbed to the top of the chart, giving Madonna her fourth Number One single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Madonna spent two weeks at the top and a total of eighteen weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, ” Papa Don’t Preach ” was released on the 16th of June 1986 and debuted at number thirteen on the UK Singles Chart. From there it climbed to reach Number One some two weeks later and spent three consecutive weeks at the top. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of fifteen weeks on the chart there.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Eurochart Hot 100 (Billboard) 1, France (SNEP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 4, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 6, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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