Pray (Take That song)

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"Pray"
Cover of "Pray"
Single by Take That
from the album Everything Changes
Released 5 July 1993
Format 7" single, maxi single, 3" CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre Europop
Length 3:44
Label RCA, BMG
Writer(s) Gary Barlow
Producer(s) Steve Jervier, Paul Jervier, Jonathan Wales
Take That singles chronology
"Why Can't I Wake Up With You"
(1993)
"Pray"
(1993)
"Relight My Fire"
(1993)

"Pray" is a song by English boy band Take That. Written by Gary Barlow, it was released on 5 July 1993 as the second single from their second studio album, Everything Changes (1993). It is the first of eleven singles by the band to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, staying at number one for four weeks,[1] and starting a streak of four consecutive number one singles. The song has received a Gold sales status certification and sold over 410,000 copies in the UK, won Best British Single and Best British Video at the 1994 BRIT Awards, and was the finale of Take That's Beautiful World Tour (2007).

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Gregg Masuak and shot in Acapulco, Mexico. The clip features the band members in the exotic location singing and dancing. The band members are paired with a goddess of the four elements, taking on a different form with each – Air (Mark Owen), Fire (Jason Orange), Earth (Robbie Williams) and Water (Howard Donald) – with the exception of Gary Barlow who is represented in a neutral black and white context. In Barlow's autobiography, he stated that after the disappointment of where "I Found Heaven" was filmed, the band were a lot happier about the location for this video.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single #1 (74321 15450 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) - 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) - 5:21
UK CD single #2 (74321 15451 2)
  1. "Pray" (club swing mix) - 5:37
  2. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground dub) - 6:32
  3. "Once You've Tasted Love" (Harding & Curnow remix) - 4:20
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground vocal) - 6:16
EU CD single (74321 15478 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) - 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) - 5:21
Japanese 3" CD single (BVDP-88)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) - 4:26
Australian 'tour edition' CD single (74321 21112 2)(picture disc w/poster)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Relight My Fire" (live) - 8:07
  3. "Could It Be Magic" (live) - 5:32
  4. "It Only Takes a Minute" (live) - 4:11
Australian 'limited edition' CD single (74321 21113 2)(Personality Poster Pack)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) - 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) - 5:21
  4. "Pray" (club swing mix) - 5:37
  5. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground dub) - 6:32
  6. "Once You've Tasted Love" (Harding & Curnow remix) - 4:20
  7. "It Only Takes a Minute" (Tommy Musto Underground vocal) - 6:16
UK cassette (74321 15452 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) - 4:26
UK 7" single (74321 15453 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) - 4:26
European 12" single (74321 15454 2)
  1. "Pray" (radio edit) - 3:43
  2. "Pray" (a cappella) - 4:26
  3. "Pray" (alternative club mix) - 5:21
  4. "Pray" (club swing mix) - 5:37

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993-96) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA Charts)[2] 10
Austrian (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50) (Flanders)[3] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50) (Wallonia)[3] 18
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 55
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[5] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 20
France (SNEP)[7] 69
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 21
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 2
Israel (Media Forest)[10] 3
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[2] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[2] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[2] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[2] 24
UK Singles (Official Chart Company)[11] 1
Zimbabwe Singles (ZIMA)[12] 11
End of year chart (1993) Position
UK Singles (1993 Year-End) (Official Chart Company) 18
Ireland (IRMA) 27
End of year chart (1994) Position
Australia (ARIA Charts) 83

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Dreams" by Gabrielle
UK Singles Chart number-one single
11 July 1993 - 8 August 1993 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Living on My Own" by Freddie Mercury

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[13] Gold 1 September 1993 400,000

Official versions[edit]

  • Album version (3:45)
  • Radio edit (3:34)
  • Acappella (4:26)
  • Alternative club mix (5:21)
  • Swing club mix (5:37)
  • Live On the Advision Mobile Studio (6:33)
  • Live In Berlin (5:16)
  • Live at Wembley (4:00)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 555–6. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Steffen Hung. "Take That - Pray". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Take That - Pray". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 14 August 1993. p. 40. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ source: Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  8. ^ "Take That singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  9. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  10. ^ http://swisscharts.com/song/Take-That/Pray-2667
  11. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  12. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  13. ^ "BPI : Home". Bpi.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 

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