When Madonna started work on Like a Prayer, she considered many options, and thought about the musical direction for it.

She had certain matters on her mind, including her troubled relationship with her ex-husband Sean Penn, her family, her lost mother and even her belief in God.

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It also reached the top of the singles charts in Canada, Italy and Switzerland, and the top five elsewhere.

The accompanying music video, directed by David Fincher, was inspired by the Fritz Lang classic film Metropolis (1927).

"Express Yourself" is an upbeat dance-pop song that features instrumentation from brass, hand claps and drum beats, while the chorus is backed by the sound of saxophone and percussion.

The lyrics talk about rejecting material pleasures and only accepting the best for oneself; subtexts are employed throughout the song.

"The message of the song is that people should always say what it is they want.

The reason relationships don't work is because they are afraid. I'm sure people see me as an outspoken person, and for the most part, if I want something I ask for it.Madonna then sings the first verse of the song, as a violin sound is added after she finishes the bridge, "Make you feel like a queen on the throne, make you love it till you never come down", a male voice repeating the last line.After a small saxophone interlude, a break-down comes with Madonna singing in a fuller voice, as horns and percussion beats continue."Express Yourself" received positive reviews from critics, who applauded the gender equality message of the song and complimented the song for being a hymn to freedom and encouragement to women and all oppressed minorities.Commercially, the song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Madonna's sixth number-one hit on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.See full summary » Stars: Lex Michael, Andrew Carter, Sigi Gradwohl, Shalonda Shaw Before Jon Hernandez passed away due to complications stemming from Sickle Cell Anemia, he was writing a horror film he wanted to make with his friends. See full summary » Director: Edward Payson A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie Di Maso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Russell In 2009, the small town of Cohasset, Massachusetts was rocked with tragedy.