On this day: Sept. 29: 'Cherish' #1 on Billboard singles chart (1989), 'Erotica' USA maxi-single is released (1992)


September 29, 1989
"Cherish" peaks at #1 on the Billboard singles chart
Single by Madonna
from the album Like a Prayer
B-side: "Supernatural"
Released: August 1, 1989
Format: 7", 12", CD, cassette
Recorded: 1988
Genre: Pop
Length: 5:04
Label: Sire, Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna, Patrick Leonard
Producer(s): Madonna, Patrick Leonard
"Cherish" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was released as the third single from her fourth studio album Like a Prayer on August 1, 1989, by Sire Records. The song was also included on the 1990 compilation album The Immaculate Collection and the two-disc edition of her 2009 compilation Celebration. Written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard, "Cherish" was built around the themes of love and relationship, with William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet being one of the major inspirations. The track also included a line from the similarly titled song by the 1960s band The Association. Musically constructed as a doo-wop style pop song, "Cherish" is regarded as a light-hearted track by critics and includes instruments such as drum machine, percussions, keyboards and a saxophone. Lyrically it talks about Madonna's devotion to her lover, and her promise to be always by his side.
After its release, "Cherish" received positive feedback from reviewers, who were surprised by the change of content and the lighter image of Madonna's music, unlike her previous singles from Like a Prayer which incorporated themes such as religion and sexuality. They also compared the lyrics of the song to words spoken by Juliet, in William Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet. "Cherish" was also a commercial success, reaching the top-ten of the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom and the combined European chart. On the Billboard Hot 100, "Cherish" became Madonna's 16th consecutive top-five single, setting a record in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
A black-and-white music video of the song was directed by photographer Herb Ritts at the Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu, California. In the video, Madonna played herself, while three co-actors who were dressed as Mermen swam in and out of the sea. Academics noted that the Mermen became symbols for the homosexual community and the oppression it faced. Madonna performed "Cherish" on her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, where the performance included her dancers dressed up as Mermen. The symbolism was seen to de-sexualize men, relegating them to objects of desire.


September 29, 1992
"Erotica" USA maxi-single is released.
Single by Madonna
From the album Erotica
Track list:
1. Erotica - Album Edit
2. Erotica - Kenlou B-Boy Mix
3. Erotica - Wo 12"
4. Erotica - Underground Club Mix
5. Erotica - Masters At Work Dub
6. Erotica - Jeep Beats
7. Erotica - Madonna's In My Jeep Mix
Format: CD, 7", 12", cassette
Recorded: January 15–16, 1992 (Manhattan, New York),
June 8, 1992 at Soundworks Recording Studio (Astoria, New York)
Genre: Trip hop, new jack swing, dance-pop, R&B
Length: 5:18
Label: Maverick, Sire, Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna, Shep Pettibone, Anthony Shimkin, 
Clayton Smith, Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Donald Boyce, 
George Brown, Richard Westfield, Robert "Kool" Bell, 
Robert "Spike" Mickens, Ronald Bell
Producer(s): Madonna, Pettibone
"Erotica" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna, from her fifth studio album of the same name (1992). It was released as the lead single from the album on October 11, 1992 by Maverick Records. The song was later included on her greatest hits albums GHV2 (2001) and Celebration (2009). The song was written by Madonna, Shep Pettibone and Anthony Shimkin, while production was handled by the first two. Musically, "Erotica" contains spoken word vocals, while it is an ode to S&M, with Madonna using a pseudonym called "Dita", inviting her lover to be passive and while she makes love to him and leads him to explore boundaries between pain and pleasure.
"Erotica" initially received mixed reviews from music critics; it was seen as a high point of innovation in Madonna's career, while others found it scary. The song debuted at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming one of the highest debuts on the chart history at the time, eventually peaking at number three. Additionally, it became a success on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, reaching the top position. "Erotica" also found commercial success internationally, peaking in the top ten in several countries including Italy, Japan, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Erotica - Wo12"
The accompanying music video for the song was directed by fashion photographer Fabien Baron, and featured a masked Madonna in a dominatrix costume. It also featured celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Big Daddy Kane. The video was highly controversial, being aired by MTV a total of three times, all of these after the 10pm watershed. Madonna performed "Erotica" as the opening song on The Girlie Show World Tour (1993). Years later, she performed the song as part of the Confessions Tour in 2006, including lyrics from the original demo of the song in the performance. In 2012, Madonna performed excerpts from the song during a medley of "Candy Shop" on the MDNA Tour. (Wiki)


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