Madonna wrote this slow jam with Prince and recorded it at the Purple Legend's Paisley Park Studio. The duet was the sole product of a much-discussed musical by the pair. Madonna recalled: "We were friends and talked about working together, so I went to Minneapolis to write some stuff with him, but the only thing I really dug was 'Love Song.'"
"We ended up writing it long-distance, because I had to be in L.A. and he couldn't leave Minneapolis, and quite frankly I couldn't stand Minneapolis. When I went there, it was like 20 degrees below zero, and it was really desolate. I was miserable and I couldn't write or work under those circumstances."
According to Paul Zollo's book Songwriters On Songwriting, Prince played the guitar on a trio of other songs on the Like a Prayer album, the title track, "Keep It Together," and "Act of Contrition." He remained uncredited on all three.
Madonna later suggested to Prince that they do a joint series of concerts under the banner of the Royalty Tour... The Queen and The Prince. However, Prince turned down the idea saying: "The world isn't ready for this, it's too big."
"What's Up" by 4 Non Blondes has endured as one of the most popular songs of the '90s, but it wasn't a huge hit at the time and the band split after one album. Frontwoman Linda Perry went on to write hits for Pink and Christina Aguilera.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.