High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Like a Prayer is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on March 21, 1989 by Sire Records. The RIAA certified it Quadruple Platinum on July 16, 1997, recognizing four million shipments in the U.S. - making it her seventh best-selling album there. Worldwide, it has sold more than 11 million copies. The album was also ranked number 237 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.