Rewinding The Charts: In 1995 Madonna Took A ‘Bow’ At No 1 | Billboard

Rewinding The Charts: In 1995 Madonna Took A 'Bow' At No 1 | Billboard

In 1992, she released the album Erotica and its controversial Sex picture book tie-in, followed by the lurid 1993 movie flop Body of Evidence. An F-bomb-filled appearance on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman in 1994 also made headlines.

Bedtime Stories was a much more commercial release that, in addition to “Take a Bow,” spawned three Hot 100 entries: “Secret” (the set’s No. 3-peaking lead single), “Bedtime Story” and “Human Nature.” It also outsold Erotica in the United States — 2.3 million vs. 1.9 million, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — and was nominated for a best pop album Grammy Award, Madonna’s first nod for an LP.

“Take a Bow” also topped Billboard‘s Radio Songs, Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts (and crossed to a No. 40 peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs), but, despite its success, Madonna, didn’t perform the song in concert until 2016, during the Feb. 4 stop of her Rebel Heart Tour in Taipei, Taiwan. She introduced it by saying, “I’d like to sing a song especially for Taiwan — a song that I have never sung before ever, ever, ever in concert.”

Afterward, she told the cheering crowd, “A few bad notes, but it felt good to sing it. Finally.”

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