“I just want my music and my Dance to catch the audience’s attention, and to hold it long enough for them to listen to the lyrics and what we’re saying.” Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 was the fourth studio album by Celebrated recording artist Janet Jackson, released on September 19, in 1989 it sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide. Janet Jackson holds the record for the most Billboard Awards received by any artist male or female and was the #1 selling album of 1990. Listening to the album today Rhythm Nation sounds as rich, and powerful as it did when it was first released. After the successful breakthrough 1986 album ‘Control’, which was her first collaboration with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, this leather-and-metal caged ‘dystopian’ world was created by Janet who wanted an idealistic and socially conscious album for the Youth.
It has been said that Janet put “1814” in the title of Rhythm Nation 1814 because that was the year “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written, and she wanted to create a new style of National Anthem to address the homelessness, racism, drug abuse and violence taking place in America.
Using stark content and a Utopian monochrome backdrop, was a huge contrast to the usual video that was normally seen on the RnB music scene at that time. The World Tour was a Rock, Hip-Hop, monumental success globally, with sensational choreography, dancers and background vocalist, hard-hitting Funk and RnB, The Rhythm Nation World Tour was both artistically and commercially one of the best live Concert ever witnessed.
To date, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation, is the only Album in music history to spawn seven Top 10 singles, including “Rhythm Nation,” “Miss You Much,” “Escapade,” “Alright,” “Come Back to Me,” “Black Cat” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
Congratulations, we salute you Ms.Janet Jackson for creating music history.