Today in Madonna History: May 29, 1995

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.”

 

Today in Madonna History: May 19, 1995

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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.

Today in Madonna History: April 22, 2002

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On April 22 2002, In Bed With Madonna (known as Truth Or Dare in North America) was released on DVD.

Google’s synopsis of the documentary:

This documentary chronicles Madonna’s controversial 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, kicking off in Japan during its rainy season, then traveling to North America with significant stops in Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, and New York. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Madonna’s relationships with her dancers and crew, her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, and her family and friends, achieving an intimate glimpse into the boundary-pushing singer’s drive and individuality.

Today in Madonna History: April 26, 1994

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On April 26 1994, Madonna attended the Los Angeles premiere of the Alek Keshishian film, With Honors.

Madonna contributed I’ll Remember (the theme song) to the soundtrack which was distributed by Maverick Records.

Today in Madonna History: June 30, 1992

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On June 30 1992, Madonna’s This Used To Be My Playground video was released, a day before the release of A League Of Their Own.

The video was filmed in June 1992 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California and Malibu Beach.  The This Used To Be My Playground video was directed by Alek Keshishian.

Today in Madonna History: May 1, 2012

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On May 1 2012, Madonna’s film W.E. was released as a blu-ray/DVD combo pack and standalone DVD in North America by The Weinstein Company and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Today In Madonna History: March 21, 1994

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On March 21 1994,  Madonna’s I’ll Remember (Theme From With Honors) music video premiered on MTV.

The video was directed by Alek Keshishian. The androgynous portrayal of Madonna in the video, was appreciated critically for breaking gender barriers.

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