Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

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Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1989 (1989-09-19)
RecordedSeptember 1988 – May 1989
Genre
Length64:32
LabelA&M
Producer
Janet Jackson chronology
'Control: The Remixes
(1987)
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 'janet.
(1993)
Singles from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
  1. "Miss You Much"
    Released: August 22, 1989
  2. "Rhythm Nation"
    Released: October 24, 1989
  3. "Escapade"
    Released: January 8, 1990
  4. "Alright"
    Released: March 4, 1990
  5. "Come Back to Me"
    Released: June 18, 1990
  6. "Black Cat"
    Released: August 28, 1990
  7. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
    Released: October 2, 1990
  8. "State of the World"
    Released: February 6, 1991

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (sometimes shortened to Rhythm Nation 1814) is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on September 19, 1989, by A&M Records. The album themes include various tragedies reported through the news at the time, exploring racism, poverty, and substance abuse. In 1990 Jackson went on her first head line tour called "Rhythm Nation Tour 1990". Since its release, the album has sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide.[1]

Accolades[change | change source]

Organization Country Award Year Source
Parents' Choice Foundation United States Parents' Choice Award 1989 [2]
American Music Awards United States Favorite Dance Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, Favorite Dance Single ("Miss You Much"), Favorite R&B Single ("Miss You Much") 1990-91 [3][4]
Billboard Music Awards United States Top Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year, Top Selling Album of the Year, Top Selling R&B Album of the Year, Top Selling R&B Albums Artist of the Year, Top Selling R&B Artist of the Year, Top Dance Club Play Artist of the Year, Top Hot Dance 12" Singles Sales Artist of the Year 1990 [5]
Billboard's Tanqueray Sterling Music Video Awards United States Best Female Video Artist, Black/Rap, Best Female Artist, Dance, Director's Award, Black/Rap (Rhythm Nation 1814 Film), Director's Award, Dance ("Alright"), Tanqueray Sterling Music Video Award for Artistic Achievement (Rhythm Nation 1814 Film) 1990 [6]
MTV Music Video Awards United States Best Choreography ("Rhythm Nation"), Video Vanguard Award 1990 [7]
Grammy Awards United States Best Music Video, Long Form (Rhythm Nation 1814 Film) 1990 [8]
Rolling Stone United States "Women In Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" — #27 2002 [9]
Quintessence Editions Ltd. United Kingdom 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die 2003 [10]
Rolling Stone United States The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time — #275 2003 [11]
Rolling Stone United States The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time — #277 2012 [12]
Entertainment Weekly United States The 100 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years — #54 2007 [13]
Slant Magazine United States "Best Albums of the '80s" — #43 2012 [14]
Spin United States "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014)" — #54 2014 [15]

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Interlude: Pledge"    0:47
2. "Rhythm Nation"  
  • Janet Jackson
  • James Harris III
  • Terry Lewis
5:31
3. "Interlude: T.V."    0:22
4. "State of the World"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
4:48
5. "Interlude: Race"    0:05
6. "The Knowledge"  
  • Harris
  • Lewis
3:54
7. "Interlude: Let's Dance"    0:03
8. "Miss You Much"  
  • Harris
  • Lewis
4:12
9. "Interlude: Come Back Interlude"    0:21
10. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"  
  • Harris
  • Lewis
5:50
11. "Livin' in a World (They Didn't Make)"  
  • Harris
  • Lewis
4:41
12. "Alright"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
6:26
13. "Interlude: Hey Baby"    0:10
14. "Escapade"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
4:44
15. "Interlude: No Acid"    0:05
16. "Black Cat"  
  • Jackson
4:50
17. "Lonely"  
  • Harris
  • Lewis
4:59
18. "Come Back to Me"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
5:33
19. "Someday Is Tonight"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
6:00
20. "Interlude: Livin'...In Complete Darkness"    1:07
Notes

Personnel[change | change source]

Charts[change | change source]

Weekly charts[change | change source]

Chart (1989–91) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 1
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 5
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 28
German Albums (Official Top 100)[19] 39
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[20] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 9
South Africa (RiSA)[21] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 24
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 23
United Kingdom Albums (OCC)[22] 4
US Billboard 200[23] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[23] 1

Year-end charts[change | change source]

End of year chart (1990) Position
US Billboard 200[24] 1
End of year chart (1991) Position
Australian Albums Chart[25] 13

Certifications[change | change source]

Region Certification Sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[27] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[28] 2× Platinum 400,000^
New Zealand (RIANZ)[29] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[30] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] 6× Platinum 9,600,000sales [*]

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Notes:

  • ^ * As of December 2009, the album has sold 8,500,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan, which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music.[33] Combined, it has sold over 8,600,000 copies in the U.S. with additional 1.10 million copies sold at BMG Music Clubs.[34] Nielsen SoundScan does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Service, which were significantly popular in the 1990s.

References[change | change source]

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  5. Britt, Bruce (1990-11-30), "Yet another award show // `Billboard' magazine jumps in", Austin American-Statesman, p. 4
  6. "Janet Jackson Tops Music Video Awards", Billboard, 102 (47), p. 6, 1990-11-24
  7. Francesca Chapman (1990-09-07), "Sinead Takes MTV's Top Video Award", Philadelphia Daily News, p. 65
  8. Grammy Winners Search, The Recording Academy, 2008, retrieved 2009-10-02
  9. "Women In Rock: The 50 Essential Albums", Rolling Stone, p. 135, 2002-10-31
  10. 1001 Series, Quintessence Editions Ltd., 2003, retrieved 2009-11-15
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  14. "Best Albums of the '80s", Slant Magazine, March 5, 2012, retrieved March 8, 2012
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  18. "RPM100 Albums". RPM (Library and Archives Canada) 51 (4). 1989-11-25. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.9087&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=4dp17sl7hp9qmhhj3vmcenr836. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
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  30. "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Janet Jackson; 'Rhythm Nation')". Hung Medien.
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