The Velvet Rope

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The Velvet Rope
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 1997
RecordedJanuary – July 1997
Genre
Length
  • 75:23
LabelVirgin
Producer
Janet Jackson chronology
'Design of a Decade: 1986–1996
(1995)
The Velvet Rope 'All for You
(2001)
Singles from The Velvet Rope
  1. "Got 'til It's Gone"
    Released: September 22, 1997
  2. "Together Again/ Free Xone"
    Released: December 2, 1997
  3. "I Get Lonely"
    Released: February 26, 1998
  4. "Go Deep"
    Released: June 15, 1998
  5. "You"
    Released: September 3, 1998
  6. "Every Time"
    Released: November 17, 1998

The Velvet Rope is the sixth studio album by American singer Janet Jackson. The album was released on October 7, 1997 through Virgin Records. It was the last album that Jackson would use her full name on the title. The Velvet Rope was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[1][2]

Reviews[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauA–[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
Los Angeles Times4/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[10]
USA Today4/4 stars[11]

The Velvet Rope received mixed to positive reviews.

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Interlude: Twisted Elegance"     0:41
2. "Velvet Rope" (featuring Vanessa-Mae)
4:55
3. "You"  
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:42
4. "Got 'til It's Gone" (featuring Joni Mitchell and Q-Tip)
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:01
5. "Interlude: Speaker Phone"     0:54
6. "My Need"  
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
3:44
7. "Interlude: Fasten Your Seatbelts"     0:19
8. "Go Deep"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:42
9. "Free Xone"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • James Brown
  • Billy Buttier
  • Archie Bell
  • Michael Hepburn
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:57
10. "Interlude: Memory"     0:04
11. "Together Again"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
5:01
12. "Interlude: Online"     0:19
13. "Empty"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:32
14. "Interlude: Full"   
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
0:12
15. "What About"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  4:24
16. "Every Time"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:17
17. "Tonight's the Night"  
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
5:07
18. "I Get Lonely"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
5:17
19. "Rope Burn"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:15
20. "Anything"  
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
4:54
21. "Interlude: Sad"     0:10
22. "Special" (Hidden track "Can't Be Stopped" starts at 3:42)
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Elizondo
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jam & Lewis
7:55
Samples

Personnel[change | change source]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[12]

Musicians
Production

Charts[change | change source]

Certifications[change | change source]

Region Certification Sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[36] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[37] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[38] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[39] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[41] Platinum 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[42] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[43] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RIANZ)[44] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[45] Platinum 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[46] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[47] Platinum 50,000x
Taiwan (RIT)[25] Gold 25,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[49] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[50] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

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