mine: take a bow


On this day in music history: February 25, 1995 - “Take A Bow” by Madonna hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 9 weeks on February 18, 1995. Written and produced by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Madonna, it is the eleventh chart topping single for the pop music superstar. While working on her sixth album “Bedtime Stories”, Madonna approaches Babyface, and asks him if he would be interested in working together. The superstar producer and songwriter accepts the offer and they get right to work. “Take A Bow” is based on a piece of music Face has already written, completing it shortly after playing it for Madonna. The pair write the lyrics and melody together. The track is recorded with a full orchestra with the strings being arranged by Nellee Hooper (Soul II Soul, Sinead O'Connor, Massive Attack), with Babyface also singing background vocals on the track. Issued as the follow up to the first single “Secret” (#3 Pop), Entering the Hot 100 at #45 on December 17, 1994, climbing to the top of the chart ten weeks later. “Bow” is Madonna’s longest running chart topper on the pop singles chart. “Take A Bow” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.