On this day: Sept. 30: 'Secret' enters the Billboard singles chart and filmed in New York (1994)

Secret (Single)

 
September 30, 1994
"Secret" enters the Billboard singles chart.
 
Secret
Single by Madonna
From the album Bedtime Stories
B-side: "Let Down Your Guard" (UK)
Released: September 27, 1994
Format: CD, Cassette, 7"
Recorded: April – June 1994 (New York City), (Atlanta, GA)
Genre: R&B pop
Length: 5:05
Label: Maverick, Sire, Warner Bros.
Writer(s): Madonna, Dallas Austin, Shep Pettibone
Producer(s): Madonna, Dallas Austin
 
"Secret" is a song by Madonna, released as the lead single from her 1994 album Bedtime Stories. It was later included on her greatest hits compilations GHV2 (2001) and Celebration (2009). It was originally written and produced by Madonna with Shep Pettibone, who she had collaborated with on the 1992 album Erotica. On release, the song was credited to Madonna and Dallas Austin. Pettibone was not acknowledged as co-writer until the release of a 2001 remix compilation album GHV2 Remixed: The Best of 1991-2001.
 
"Secret" received favorable reviews from music critics, who praised Madonna's vocals and the mid tempo R&B groove, deeming the song seductive and soulful. When it was released in September 1994, it became a top ten hit around the world. In the United States it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In the United Kingdom it reached a peak of number five, becoming her record-breaking 35th consecutive top-ten single on the UK Singles Chart. Slant Magazine listed "Secret" as the 42nd "Best Singles of the '90s".
 
A black and white music video, directed by photographer Melodie McDaniel, was released for the song. The music video features Madonna as a singer in a night club. An official remix video was edited by Dan-O-Rama and is known as "Secret (Dan-O-Rama Remix)" - it includes the remix "Junior's Luscious Club Edit" by Junior Vasquez. The song was performed on tour for the first time during her 2001 Drowned World Tour. It was later performed at the Houston stop of her Sticky and Sweet Tour in November 2008 as a fan request.
 
 
 

Secret (Video)

 
September 30, 1994
The "Secret" music video is filmed in New York
 
Music video
 
 
Secret (Filming of Music Video) 1994
 
 
The music video for "Secret" was directed by photographer Melodie McDaniel, who previously had gained acclaim as a photographer for album artwork. It was filmed on September 9, 10, 11, 1994 at the Lenox Lounge and on location on Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York. The video is filmed in lush photographic black and white. The video begins with Madonna singing in a club. As the song progresses, Madonna walks down a street, while images of people along the street are shown. At the climax of the video, Madonna reaches her home to her love interest (played by model Jason Olive) and his young son. According to the book Madonna's Drowned Worlds, the young son that is revealed at the end of the video is her lover's secret. Throughout the video, scenes of Madonna are interspersed with scenes of drag queens primping, and religious iconography such as rebirth and damnation. In his book From Hegel to Madonna, author Robert Miklitsch states that the music video for "Secret" is a departure from the various themes - repression and loss, anger and aggression - explored so vividly on Bedtime Stories. Miklitsch goes on to say that, although the video depicts images of cleansing rebirth, the fact that Madonna announced that she was pregnant in 1996 shows that, in retrospect, "Secret" may have been less about cleansing rebirth, and instead more about maternity as birth. Bill Lamb of About.com ranked the video at number eight on his list of "Top 10 Madonna Music Videos." (Wiki)
 
An official remix video was edited by Dan-O-Rama and is known as "Secret (Dan-O-Rama Remix)" - it includes the remix "Junior's Luscious Club Edit" by Junior Vasquez.
 
Secret (Junior's Luscious Club Edit) [Dan-O-Rama Video Remix]
 

 

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