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Bedtime story

Madonna-Bedtime Story

(Written by Björk/Nellee Hooper/Marius DeVries. Producer: Madonna/Nellee Hooper)
Released by Maverick Records in February 13, 1995

Found in:
Bedtime Stories (1994)
GHV2 (2001)

Certification: None
Soundscan: 114,000 copies (06/2006)
Downloads: 9,445 (11/02/2008)  

Live performances:
The Brit Awards (1995)
Backdrop Video Re-Invention Tour (2004)

CHART RUNS:

Billboard Hot 100
Debut Date: April 22, 1995
Peak date: April 29, 1995
Final week on chart: June 3, 1995
Peak: #42
Chart run: 74-42-54-65-75-82-99-off (7 weeks)

Hot 100 Single Sales
Debut date: April 29, 1995
Peak date: April 29, 1995
Final week on chart: June 10, 1995
Peak: #27
Chart run:
 27-36-45-48-54-61-75-off (7 weeks)

Hot 100 Airplay
Debut date: April 22, 1995
Peak date: April 22, 1995
Final week on chart: April 22, 1995
Peak: #68
Chart run: 68
-off (1 week)

Hot Dance Music/Club Play
Debut date: March 11, 1995
Peak date: May 13, 1995
Final week on chart: June 24, 1995
Peak: #1 (1 week)
Chart run: 48-31-21-15-10-7-3-3-2-1-5-9-12-19-37-49-off (16 weeks)

Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales
Debut date: April 29, 1995
Peak date: May 13, 1995
Final week on chart: June 24, 1995
Peak: #3
Chart run: 54-9-3-10-8-10-18-24-44-off (8 weeks)

Top 40 Mainstream
Debut Date: April 22, 1995
Peak Date: April 22, 1995
Final Week on Chart: April 22, 1995
Peak Position: #38
Chart run: 38-off (1 week)

Rhythmic Top 40
Debut Date: April 29, 1995
Peak Date: April 29, 1995
Final Week on Chart: April 29, 1995
Peak Position: #40
Chart run: 40-off (1 week)

UK Official Top 100 Singles
Debut date: February 25, 1995
Peak date: February 25, 1995
Certification: None
Sales: 97,000 copies
Peak position: #4
Final week on chart: February 11, 1995
Chart run: 4-8-21-41-61-61-62-72-off-off-66
-off (9 weeks)

Rest of the world

Australia: #5
Belgium (Wallonia): #38
Canada: #46
Italy: #8
Netherlands: #46
New Zealand: #38

“Bedtime story” was the third single released for Madonna’s sixth studio album “Bedtime Stories”. It is her 42th single release overall and 35th in the United States. Written by Björk and Nellee Hooper, this song makes the transition from the R&B vibes from Bedtime stories into a more electronic sound, featuring ambient, house and techno beats. Clearly a standout of the album, the song and its video were generally well received, not so much by the audiences, where it found a cold reception. Bedtime story was released after Madonna’s longest running single at #1 “Take a bow” where it spent seven weeks, but unlike it, this single found it hard to make an impact on the charts, becoming her first single since Holiday that failed to enter the Top 40 on Billboard, peaking at #42. At the time it became her lowest peaking single, but it managed to climb and reach the top at the Dance charts, becoming her 17th single to do so.

The music video could easily be named as one of her most adventurous and symbolic videos, as well as her most expensive one. At the time it cost $5 million, making it the most expensive video of all time. Directed by Mark Romakek, it features deep surrealistic imagery and state-of-the-art special effects, making it her most intriguing and artistic video to date. This was Madonna at her most artistic time, at least concerning music videos. It was shown in several movie theaters at the time of its release and it was displayed in different art galleries and Museums in London and New York. Unfairly, this video didn’t earn nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards and so far it has only been performed by Madonna at the 1995 Brit Awards.



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