You may have found this song via the Beastie Boys Book
, where Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) mentions it, writing, "for a good time, look up 'Donny Osmond Sacred Emotion' on YouTube." Here's the backstory.
Donny Osmond staged a comeback in 1988, releasing a self-titled album in the UK on the Virgin label. It floundered, and Virgin dropped him, but the lead single, "Soldier Of Love
," became a big hit in America in 1989 when a fan sent the song to the New York City radio station WPLJ, which played it as a "mystery artist," asking listeners to call in and guess the singer. Capitol Records courted Osmond, signed him, and put their promotional powers behind "Soldier Of Love" and his follow-up single, "Sacred Emotion."
The Beastie Boys had recently signed to Capitol and released their first album on the label, Paul's Boutique
. They were vexed when the label did little to promote it; when they complained, they were told Capitol had other priorities: Donny Osmond.Paul's Boutique
ended up being a hip-hop landmark, selling over two million copies in America. Osmond's album didn't sell nearly as well, but it renewed his celebrity, clearing a path for his appearances on Dancing With The Stars
and The Masked Singer