On May 29 1995, Alek Keshishian filmed Madonna in a Japanese television commercial for Takara, a shochu or Japanese sake manufacturer. The sake, called Jun Legend, was made by blending two types of alcohol distilled from barley and corn and aging them in charred oak barrels for one to five years. Takara’s claim was that the sake tasted similar to whiskey.
Madonna wrote and sang the commercial’s jingle, which featured the lyrics: “How can I be pure, when all the strength I have is breaking me? How can I be sure, where is this road I’ve chosen taking me? I’m pure. Jun Legend.”
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 May 7 1995, Madonna’s Bedtime Story debuted at #40 in New Zealand. The single peaked at #38 the following week and then left the charts after three weeks.
On February 9 1995, Madonna’s Like A Virgin album was certified 9x platinum by the Record Industry Association of America in the USA for shipment of 9-million units.
Previous certifications for Like A Virgin included:
- July 14, 1987 – 7x platinum
- November 6, 1985 – 6x platinum
- July 22, 1985 – 5x platinum
- April 23, 1985 – 4x platinum
- February 5, 1985 – 3x platinum
- January 23, 1985 – 2x platinum
- January 23, 1985 – platinum
- January 23, 1985 – Gold
On January 7 1995, Take A Bow slid to #21 on the UK Singles chart after reaching a peak of #16 on December 24th, 1994.
While Take A Bow remains her longest-running #1 hit in the US, its disappointing UK chart performance marked an end to Madonna’s spectacular run of 35 consecutive top-ten UK singles from 1984’s Like A Virgin to 1994’s Secret. Take a bow, indeed!
On January 5 1995, the lead single from Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album, Secret, was certified gold in the USA for shipment of 500,000 units.
The images in this post are for the UK Secret cassette single.