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Pop song rocked religious sensitivities


Madonna caused a furore 20 years ago this week with her video for Like A Prayer, which featured burning crosses, stigmata and the singer kissing a black saint.

She had just began a $5m advertising campaign with Pepsi, but the soft drinks giant withdraw a high-profile TV advert after just one showing when American religious groups threatened a boycott of its products.

The song reached number one but Top Of The Pops showed only an edited version of the video.


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