Longtime Madonna collaborator Patrick Leonard has shared a bunch of demos from the Like a Prayer writing sessions, including the album's title track, "Cherish," and the previously unreleased "Angels With Dirty Faces."
The demos, which were apparently recorded the day they were written, were uploaded on Monday (July 22) in an apparent attempt to sway people from bidding on them in an auction being run by Darlene Lutz, Madonna's former art advisor and friend. Lutz has been selling the star's personal items for about two years now, including an infamous 1995 break-up letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur as well as cassette tapes.
“I hope these posts stop the sale of that cassette at auction,” Leonard wrote in one of the video’s descriptions. “Not cool at all that someone would sell it. Not theirs to sell.”
Madonna has been trying to block the auction, which is unauthorized, ever since it began. There are currently over 70 lots on the auction block at the memorabilia company Gotta Have Rock & Roll and, while the singer can't stop the sales, releasing these demos is an apparent attempt to lessen the blow; the auction is set to close in three days.
Leonard co-wrote/produced several Madonna albums, including Like a Prayer, True Blue, and Ray of Light. Spokespeople for Gotta Have Rock & Roll and Madonna had not returned requests for comment at press time.