Tag: Janet Jackson

Monday 7/26/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Janet Jackson – Janet (1993)

Janet is the fifth studio album by American singer Janet Jackson, released on May 18, 1993, by Virgin Records America. Prior to its release, Jackson was at the center of a high-profile bidding war over her recording contract. In 1991, her original label A&M sought to renew her contract, while others, such as Atlantic, Capitol, and Virgin all vied to sign her. After meeting with Virgin owner Richard Branson, she signed with the label. The contract was worth an estimated $40 million, making her the world’s then-highest paid musical act.

Criticism that her success in the music industry was attributed to being a member of the Jackson family and a producer-dependent artist led her to write all lyrics for the album, in addition to co-producing every song and co-writing each of their arrangements with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Its title, read “Janet, period.”, is meant to disassociate her public image from her family, dropping her surname. A pop and R&B record, Janet incorporated hip hop, opera, house and jazz, eliminating the rigid, industrial sound of her previous records. Lyrically, the theme of Janet is sexual intimacy—an abrupt departure from her conservative image. Much of her lyrics emphasize a woman’s perspective on sexuality and the demand for practicing safe sex.

In the United States, Janet became the singer’s third consecutive album to top the Billboard 200 and her first to debut at number one. Selling 350,000 copies in its first week, it set a record for the highest first week sales for a female artist at that time. Certified sixfold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it has sold over seven million copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan. Internationally, Janet topped the record charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and has sold an estimated 14 million copies worldwide.

Janet remains one of only seven albums in history to produce six top-ten hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the number-one singles “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “Again”. The MTV-sponsored Janet World Tour supporting the album received critical acclaim for Jackson’s elaborate stage performances, reinforcing her reputation as one of the preeminent artists of the MTV generation. Janet cemented her as an international icon and sex symbol, and is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 200 Definitive Albums of All Time. Academics argued the erotic imagery in her music videos have contributed to a higher degree of sexual freedom among women.

  1. “Morning” 0:31
  2. “That’s the Way Love Goes” 4:24
  3. “You Know…” 0:12
  4. “You Want This” 5:05
  5. “Be a Good Boy…” 0:07
  6. “If” 4:31
  7. “Back” 0:04
  8. “This Time” 6:58
  9. “Go on Miss Janet” 0:05
  10. “Throb” 4:33
  11. “What’ll I Do” 4:05
  12. “The Lounge” 0:15
  13. “Funky Big Band” 5:22
  14. “Racism” 0:08
  15. “New Agenda” 4:00
  16. “Love Pt. 2” 0:11
  17. “Because of Love” 4:20
  18. “Wind” 0:11
  19. “Again” 3:46
  20. “Another Lover” 0:11
  21. “Where Are You Now” 5:47
  22. “Hold on Baby” 0:12
  23. “The Body That Loves You” 5:32
  24. “Rain” 0:18
  25. “Any Time, Any Place” 7:08
  26. “Are You Still Up” 1:36
  27. “Sweet Dreams” 0:14
  28. “Whoops Now” 4:59

(Ex) Cat Heads – rap
Alice Preves – viola
Ann Nesby – background vocals
Bernie Edstrom – horn arrangements, trumpet
Carolyn Daws – violin
Celine Leathead – violin
Chuck D – rap
Core Cotton – background vocals
Daria Tedeschi – violin
Dave Karr – flute
David Barry – guitar
David Bullock – violin
David Carr – flute
David Eiland – sax (alto)
David Rideau – mixing
Frank Stribbling – guitar
Gary Raynor – bass
Hanley Daws – violin
Jamecia Bennett – background vocals
Janet Jackson – main performer, record producer, vocals, background vocals
Jean Krikorian – design
Jeff Gottwig – clarinet, trumpet
Jeff Taylor – bass, vocals
Jellybean Johnson – producer
Jimmy Jam – keyboards, producer, vocals
James “Big Jim” Wright – keyboards, vocals
Jossie Harris – talking
Kathleen Battle – vocals
Ken Holman – clarinet, sax (tenor)
Kool & the Gang
Laura Preves – bassoon

Lawrence Waddell – organ (hammond)
Lee Blaskey – orchestration
Len Peltier – art direction, design
Marie Graham – background vocals
Mark Haynes – bass, drum programming, programming
Merilee Klemp – oboe
Mike Sobieski – violin
Patrick Demarchelier – photography
Robert Hallgrimson – sax (alto), trumpet
Steve Hodge – mixing
Steve Wright – trumpet
Steven Pikal – trombone
Stokley – drums
Tamas Strasser – viola
Terry Lewis – producer
The Average White Band
Tina Landon – talking
Tom Kornacker – violin

Wednesday 6/9/21 3pm ET: Sounds of The ’90s

This week we feature music from Alannah Myles, Collective Soul, Sheryl Crow, Cher, Amy Grant, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, UB40, Janet Jackson, Tears For Fears, Roxette and more. . . 3 – 6pm ET

Tuesday 5/18/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s



2 – 6pm ET

Featuring tunes from Pablo Cruise, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Little Richard, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, KT Oslin, Neil Diamond, Janet Jackson, Was (Not) Was, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Gramm, Irene Cara, Genesis, and more . . .

Tuesday 9/22/2020 12:45am ET: Feature LP: Janet Jackson – All For You (2001)

All for You is the seventh studio album by American singer Janet Jackson. Released on April 24, 2001 by Virgin Records America, its development and theme was rooted in Jackson’s separation from husband René Elizondo, Jr, getting to know what dating is like for the first time. Unlike The Velvet Rope, which saw Jackson tackling darker issues such as domestic violence and depression, All for You showcased a mix of upbeat dance-pop and slow R&B sounds, incorporating rock, disco, and funk, as well as soft rock and Oriental music. Its lyrics focus on passion, romance, and intercourse, also discussing themes of betrayal and deceit. The explicit language and sexual content of several songs drew media controversy, causing the album to be banned in several countries.

All for You received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its upbeat nature and the sonic innovation of several songs. It was also considered one of her sexiest albums and among the best of her career. The album received three Grammy Award nominations, including Best Pop Vocal Album, winning Best Dance Recording for its title track. It became Jackson’s fifth consecutive album to top the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States and had the biggest opening week sales of her career. Upon its release, it also had the second highest first week sales for a female artist in Nielsen SoundScan history. It reached the top five of most countries internationally and was the biggest selling international pop album of the year in Japan. Certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it has sold over three million copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan and an estimated five million copies internationally. All for You was the year’s twelfth biggest selling album worldwide, and was one of the best selling albums of the decade, in the United States.

Lead single “Doesn’t Really Matter” became Jackson’s ninth number-one single in the United States and stayed atop the chart for three weeks. It was Jackson’s twenty-first single to be certified, which ranked her as the second female artist with the most certified singles. “All for You” was one of Jackson’s most successful singles and broke multiple airplay records. In the US, it was the biggest hit of the year, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks and became a top ten hit on the majority of singles charts worldwide. “Someone to Call My Lover” reached number three on the Hot 100 and within the top twenty internationally while “Son of a Gun” peaked within the top 40 in most territories. “Come On Get Up” was also released as a promotional single in Japan. In promotion for the album, Jackson was declared MTV’s inaugural icon, receiving a televised tribute titled MTV Icon: Janet Jackson. The special honored Jackson’s contribution within music and popular culture, in recognition of “one of the most influential and beloved tastemakers in contemporary pop.” Jackson was presented numerous career accolades, including the American Music Award’s Award of Merit, TMF Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Recording Academy’s Governor’s Award.

1. “Intro” 1:00
2. “You Ain’t Right” 4:32
3. “All for You” 5:29
4. “2wayforyou (Interlude)” 0:19
5. “Come On Get Up” 4:47
6. “When We Oooo” 4:34
7. “China Love” 4:36
8. “Love Scene (Ooh Baby)” 4:16
9. “Would You Mind” 5:31
10. “Lame (Interlude)” 0:11
11. “Trust a Try” 5:16
12. “Clouds (Interlude)” 0:19
13. “Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)” 5:56
14. “Truth” 6:45
15. “Theory (Interlude)” 0:26
16. “Someone to Call My Lover” 4:32
17. “Feels So Right” 4:42
18. “Doesn’t Really Matter” 4:24
19. “Better Days” 5:05
20. “Outro” 0:09

Michael Abbott – engineer
Alex Al – bass
David Anthony – producer
David Ashton – assistant engineer
David Barry – guitar
Lee Blaske – string arrangements
Mike Bozzi – assistant mastering engineer
Evelina Chao – viola
Nathaniel Cole – violin
Fran Cooper – make-up
D-Man – remixing, mixing
Jonathan Dayton – video director
Diddy – remixing
Sean Donnelly – design, animation
René Elizondo, Jr. – video director
Missy Elliott – performer
Valerie Faris – video director
Brian Gardner – mastering
Charles Gray – viola
Gael Guilarte – assistant engineer
Jeri Heiden – art direction
Steve Hodge – engineer, mixing
Janet Jackson – vocals, producer, executive producer
Jimmy Jam – multi-instruments, producer, executive producer
Seb Janiak – video director
John Kennedy – violin
Kathy Kienzle – harp
Joshua Koestenbaum – cello
Tom Kornacker – violin
Kim Kyu Young – violin
Terry Lewis – multi-instruments, producer, executive producer
David Mallet – video director
Andrew McPherson – photography
Dave Meyers – video director
Karen Mitchell – make-up assistant
James C. Moore – producer
Adrian Morgan – producer
Elsa Nilsson – violin
Julia Persitz – violin
Alice Preves – viola
Q-Tip – rap
Jason Rankins – assistant engineer
Alexander Richbourg – drum programming, MIDI programming, Pro-Tools
David Rideau – engineer, mixing
Rockwilder – producer, drum programming, MIDI programming
Matthew Rolston – video director
Mike Scott – guitar
Dominic Sena – video director
Chris Seul – engineer
Laura Sewell – cello
Dexter Simmons – mixing
Carly Simon – performer
Daryl Skobba – cello
Xavier Smith – drum programming, assistant engineer, mixing, MIDI programming
Smog – design
Michal Sobieski – violin
Tamas Strasser – viola
Tom Sweeney – assistant engineer, mixing
James “Big Jim” Wright – keyboards
Bradley Yost – assistant engineer, mixing
Janet Zeitoun – hair stylist

Saturday 9/5/2020 – Sunday 9/6/2020 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

It’s the Labor Day Weekend, so on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all of our music will reflect “Work,” Working,” “Jobs” (or the lack thereof) by artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, William Powell & the O’Jays, Donna Summer, the Heartbeats, the Impressions, Ike & Tina Turner, the Silhouettes, Jackie Wilson, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Mary J. Blige, Chuck Jackson, James Brown & Marva Whitney, the Sensational Nightingales, Arthur Prysock, Sam Cooke (live in concert) and more.

Our “Job” begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Following at 9PM CT, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” where we’ll continue with “Work” songs from the likes of: Gary U.S. Bonds, Dolly Parton, the Highway QC’s, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Prince & the Revolution, Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson, the Bangles, Aaron Neville, Bruce Springsteen, Donna Summer, Huey Lewis & the News, Ella Fitzgerald, the Jacksons (live in concert) and several others.

Tomorrow Sunday, our encore airings start at 7PM eastern time. So join me for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” later this evening when we’ll get busy and go to “Work” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and please, please stay safe and healthy. Everybody, do the right things.

 

Wednesday 8/19/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Herb Alpert – Keep You Eye On Me (1987)

Keep Your Eye on Me is a pop/R&B/dance album by Herb Alpert, released February 13,1987. It contains two hit singles, “Diamonds” and “Making Love in the Rain” (both featuring lead and background vocals by Janet Jackson and Lisa Keith). These Billboard Top 40 hits, along with the title track and “Pillow” (featuring co-lead vocals by Alpert and singer/wife Lani Hall) were produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The remainder of the album consists of tracks produced by Herb Alpert and various producers. Keep Your Eye On Me was constructed with Side 1 (Tracks 1-5) featuring up-tempo songs, while Side 2 (Tracks 6-10) featured down tempo songs and ballads.

All trumpet solos were played by Herb Alpert.

The album was released on CD by A&M Records, along with extended CD singles of the title track and “Diamonds”. It was re-released on September 12, 2013 in a download-only version available exclusively through Alpert’s official website, HerbAlpertPresents.com.

“Keep Your Eye on Me” 5:13
“Hot Shot” 3:56
“Diamonds” 4:53
“Traffic Jam” 3:16
“Cat Man Do” 5:26
“Pillow” 4:32
“Our Song” 3:55
“Making Love in the Rain” 5:56
“Rocket to the Moon” 3:52
“Stranger on the Shore” 2:54
“Making Love in the Rain” 4:05 (Single Edit)

Friday 5/15/20 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Janet Jackson


Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows.

The tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes, and Fame. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third and fourth studio albums Control (1986) and Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music.

In 1991, Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multi-million-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry. Her fifth album Janet (1993) saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her music. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice, and has since continued to act in feature films. Jackson then released her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope (1997), which is distinguished for its innovative production and dark lyrical content. By the end of the 1990s, she was named by Billboard magazine as the second most successful recording artist of the decade after Mariah Carey. Her seventh album All for You (2001) coincided with a celebration of her impact on the recording industry as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin Records, she released her tenth album Discipline (2008), her first and only album with Island Records. In 2015, she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own record label, Rhythm Nation, and released her eleventh album Unbreakable the same year.

Having sold over 100 million records, Jackson is one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. She has amassed an extensive catalog, with singles such as “Nasty”, “Rhythm Nation”, “That’s the Way Love Goes”, “Together Again” and “All for You”; she holds the record for the most consecutive top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a female artist with 18. In 2008, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, and in 2010 ranked her fifth among the “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years”. In December 2016, the magazine named her the second most successful dance club artist of all-time after Madonna. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers. Jackson was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.

Tuesday 4pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of The 80s:  Pointer Sisters, Eddie Money, Commodores, Maxi Priest, Genesis, Janet Jackson, B-52s, Sammy Hagar, Survivor, Earl Thomas Conley, U2, and more . . .

Friday 11pm: ClubMax

This week on ClubMax we feature tunes from Janet Jackson, Secret Ties, Black Blood, KC & The Sunshine Band, Katy Perry, New Order, Duran Duran, Karen Young, Shalamar, Mark Ronson, First Choice and more . . . 

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances II The 80s with Bobby Jay

As we honor International Women’s Day, this evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we have some great women on the playlist like: Patti Labelle, Shannon, Diana Ross, Stephanie Mills, Kristol, Janet Jackson, Gladys Knight, Gwen McCrae in addition to a few good men like: Barry White, Bobby Brown, Prince and others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I’ll be looking for you later for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2This evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” you’ll hear: Sheila E. & Prince, the Isley Brothers, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Barry White, Janet Jackson, Atlantic Starr, the O’Jays, GQ, Stevie Wonder, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Diana Ross and others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Spend “Hump Day” with me and the music at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s 7pm ET

Souls Hits 80sUp-coming on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening will be: Janet Jackson, Atlantic Starr, Gerald Alston, the Whispers, Barry White, the O’Jays, Prince, the Blues Brothers, L.L. Cool J, Luther Vandross and more. The show begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Tomorrow; as always, to hear the program again, as often as you’d like until next Wednesday at 7PM eastern, check out the link at: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html. I’ll be looking for you later on with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMax.

Sounds of The 80s with Ron Kovacs 7pm ET

I_Love_80sThis week on the Sounds of The 80s music from John Mellencamp, Power Station, New Kids On The Block, O’Jays, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Martha and The Muffins, and more.  Join Ron Kovacs this Monday evening for the 80s only on RadioMaxMusic.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET #gsp

gsp-iPad“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com. On the playlist: LL Cool J, Prince, Kurtis Blow, De La Soul, Atlantic Starr, Janet Jackson, Grand Master Flash, Queen Latifah, Doug E. Fresh, Hall & Oates and more. We’ll kick it off at 5PM EDT, 4PM CT, 3PM MT and 2PM PT. Reminder, the show will be available to be heard again tomorrow “On Demand.” Click on the PODCAST link, or go direct to http://radiomaxmusic.com/podcasts.html, to check out all the programs available “On Demand.” I’m looking for you later for “G.S.P. 2: The 80’s” only on RadioMax.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 10p ET #GSP

i-love-the-80sCheck out “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s later today, when you’ll hear songs by: Janet Jackson, Bob Marley, Chaka Khan, the Beastie Boys, Luther Vandross, Isley, Jasper, Isley, Meli’sa Morgan, New Edition, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Oran “Juice” Jones, Babyface and more. We begin at 10PM ET, 9PM CT, 8PM MT & 7PM PT with encore performances on Friday at 12Noon, Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 7PM; all times eastern. So join me this evening for a fantastic time musically with wonderful songs from the 80’s on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com.