On August 31 1996, Madonna’s Take A Bow spent its 38th and final week on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrent chart in the USA at #9.
On June 6 1995, Madonna’s Human Nature single was released in physical formats.
Human Nature was the fourth single to be released from her Bedtime Stories album. The song was written and produced by Madonna and Dave Hall.
The b-side for Human Nature was Sanctuary (on the CD and cassette single).
The Human Nature CD maxi-single released in Australia, Canada and the USA contained the following remixes:
- Human Nature (Radio Edit of the Human Club Mix) – 4:09
- Human Nature (Runway Club Mix Radio Edit) – 3:58
- Human Nature (Runway Club Mix) – 8:18
- Human Nature (I’m Not Your Bitch Mix) – 8:10
- Human Nature (Howie Tee Remix) – 4:47
- Human Nature (Howie Tee Clean Remix) – 4:46
- Human Nature (Radio Version) – 4:30
- Human Nature (Bottom Heavy Dub) – 8:08
- Human Nature (Love is the Nature Mix)
What is your favourite remix of Human Nature?
On May 19 1995, the music video for Human Nature premiered on MTV.
Madonna had initially planned to have friend and collaborator Alek Keshishian direct the video for Human Nature. Keshishian had even been named as the director in ICON Magazine, but for unknown reasons this shoot was cancelled during pre-production. Madonna later called in another recurring collaborator – Jean-Baptiste Mondino – to direct the clip instead.
The video marked Madonna’s first collaboration with Jamie King, who can be spotted as a dancer in the video.
On April 13 1995, Bedtime Story was released as a single in North America by Maverick/Sire as the third single from the album Bedtime Stories. The song was written by Björk, Nellee Hooper & Marius DeVries and was produced by Madonna & Nellee Hooper.
The commercial maxi-single featured remixes by Junior Vasquez and Orbital. Additional promo-only remixes by Mark Picchiotti & Teri Bristol were also later serviced to clubs.
Bedtime Story was released in Europe in February but the release was delayed for several months in North America due to the prolonged chart reign of her previous single, Take A Bow.
On April 9 1995, Madonna’s Bedtime Story single peaked at number five in Australia, where it stayed in that position for three weeks. It fell out of the top ten in the fifth week, and eventually exited the charts after a total run of nine weeks, falling to 44 on its last week in the charts.
Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine praised the song, claiming that the song had unfulfilled potential and that it “could have been the next Vogue“.
On February 25 1995, Madonna’s Take A Bow hit #1 in the USA on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The hit single remained #1 for 7 weeks, and became Madonna’s 11th single to top the charts in the USA.
Billboard called the song a “plush pop ballad” that was “as close to perfect as top 40 fare gets”. Adding that the lead vocal was “both sweet and quietly soulful”.