Blond Ambition World Tour
The Blond Ambition World Tour in support of the album was Madonna’s third concert tour. Madonna performed a high-energy version of “Express Yourself” at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards as a preview for the tour, which initially known as “Like a Prayer World Tour”. The tour reached North America, Europe and Asia. It was a highly controversial tour, mainly for its juxtaposition of Catholic iconography and sexuality. Rolling Stone called it an “elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza” and proclaimed it “the best tour of 1990.” In 1991, a documentary film, Truth or Dare (aka In Bed with Madonna), was released chronicling the tour. The tour received the “Most Creative Stage Production” at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The tour was named the Greatest Concert of the 1990s by Rolling Stone.
Remixed Prayers was a remix extended play released in August 1989 by Warner Music Japan to promote the release of Like a Prayer album. It was released in Japan only, until July 1993 where it was released in Australia to celebrate Madonna’s first concerts in the country on The Girlie Show World Tour. The compilation includes five remixes of “Like a Prayer” and three of “Express Yourself”. It was imported in the United States and United Kingdom (and many other countries), but never officially released anywhere apart from Japan and Australia. The cover art was done by Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone and includes an ‘MLVC’ signature on the cover meaning “Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone” (her full name) and the falling “P” represents her recent divorce from then-husband, Sean Penn. It reached number 24 on the Oricon weekly albums chart and was present on the chart for five weeks.