” Pray ” is by Take That, the British pop group. The original line up consisted of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams.
Formed in Manchester, England in 1989, the multi-award-winning band have notched up twenty-eight Top Forty singles with seventeen making the top five in the UK. Twelve of the group’s singles have topped the UK Singles Chart.
Internationally, Take That have fifty-six singles which have reached number one. Equally successful with albums sales, they have scored eight chart-topping albums in the United Kingdom and thirty-nine worldwide.
The single has been certified Gold in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) for sales of over 435,000.
” Pray ” was released on the 5th of July 1993 under the record label RCA, now part of Sony Music Entertainment.
The song was written by band member Gary Barlow, production was by Steve Jervier, Paul Jervier and Jonathan Wales.
The single was taken as the second release from the band’s second studio album Everything Changes. The album, which features thirteen tracks, was released on the 11th of October 1993.
A successful release, the album sold over 1.3 million copies in the United Kingdom and has been certified 4x Platinum there.
It has been certified Platinum in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Everything Changes entered the UK Albums Chart on the 23rd of October 1993 at Number One, a position it held for two weeks. It spent fifteen weeks in the Top Ten and eighty-eight weeks in the Top 100.
The album also peaked inside the Top Ten in Austria, Belgium ( Flanders / Wallonia ), Denmark, Holland, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland and Japan.
The accompanying music video was directed by Greg Masuak. Born in Canada and raised in Sydney, Australia, he is a film director, cinematographer, editor, screenwriter, theatrical director, actor and a musician.
A successful career producing videos, he has worked with a variety of recording artists including Belinda Carlisle, Spice Girls, and Cliff Richard.
Since the release, many of today’s music critics consider ” Pray ” to be a classic 90s song. Writing for the online version of the British newspaper, The Guardian, Kieran Yates wrote the song was ” filled with euphoria, guitar riffs and the boys’ echoing vocals “, adding that ” this was Take That at their peak “.
The song became a commercially successful release for Take That. In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 17th of July 1993 at Number One, a position it held for four weeks. It spent six weeks in the Top Ten and eleven weeks in the Top 100.
” Pray ” single was dislodged from the top spot by Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s ” Living On My Own “, which spent two weeks at Number One.
His biggest hit single without the members of Queen was with opera singer Montserrat Caballe, their collaboration, ” Barcelona “, peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart in 1987.
Outside of the United Kingdom, the single peaked inside the Top Ten in Australia, Ireland, Norway and Portugal.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
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