They really need to remaster and re-release Control or Rhythm Nation 1814 of janet. It's really crazy that it hasn't happened yet.
I would love a re-issue and remaster of those three plus The Velvet Rope. There are so many delicious b-sides and remixes from those projects, that a bonus disc for each would be lovely. Hell, even All For You, although that one isn't as in desperate need of remastering as the ones from the 80's and 90's.
Post by Ling-Ling on Sept 19, 2015 14:33:18 GMT -5
There's not much that I can say about this album that hasn't been said. It's a compact, filler free, flawless pop/R&B record. Some of the freshest, innovative production of the 80's. These songs still KNOCK like they came out yesterday.
How in THE HELL has this not been remastered yet? I'm patiently waiting.
Although Janet Jackson had released two records in the early '80s, they were quickly forgotten, and notably shaped by her father's considerable influence. Janet's landmark third album, 1986's Control, changed all that. On the opening title track, Jackson, with passion and grace, declares her independence, moving out of the gargantuan shadow of her brother Michael and on to the business of making her own classic pop album. The true genius of Control lies in the marriage of her extremely self-assured vocals with the emphatic beats of R&B production wizards Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The duo was already well established in the music industry, but the practically flawless Control showcased Jam and Lewis' true studio mastery. For the better part of two years, Janet remained on the pop chart, with two-thirds of the album's tracks released as singles, including the ever-quotable "Nasty," the assertive "What Have You Done for Me Lately," the frenetically danceable "When I Think of You," and the smooth, message-oriented ballad "Let's Wait Awhile." Jackson achieved long-awaited superstar status and never looked back.
This was the first Janet album I listened to. I found a cassette inside my dad's big yellow bag where he stored a whole bunch of cassettes. I remember playing this to death in my cassette player. Such great memories! Wish it had more than 9 songs! Love them all! He Doesn't Know That I'm Alive, Funny How Time Flies, You Can Be Mine, Pleasure Principle, When I Think Of You. ❤❤❤❤
Decades old albums by Madonna, Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson have all entered the iTunes top 10. Two of them have even reached the peak position.
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It's all thanks to social media campaigns organized by fans, who urged others to buy and stream the albums. Apparently, lots of people were listening. And had the time while sitting at home.
Carey's 2008 album "E=MC2" went to No. 1 on iTunes earlier this week. Even she was taken aback by the news.
"What is going on??" Carey tweeted. "#JusticeForEMC2!!!!! So OVERWHELMED by this moment! Thank you #lambily for always lifting my spirits and giving me life. Love you forever."
She then posted a snippet of herself singing "Last Kiss," a nonsingle from the album, in celebration of the achievement.
"E=MC2" features the No. 1 single "Touch My Body" and the top 20 hit "Bye Bye." It's a solid album, and the real jam here is "Side Effects."
Not to be outdone, Madonna fans followed suit, sending her 1994 opus "Bedtime Stories" to the top of the iTunes album chart Thursday morning. That's 25 years after its original release.
"Bedtime Stories" was hailed as a return to form for Madonna after the explicit, underappreciated "Erotica" and features "Take a Bow," one of the biggest singles of her career, along with second No. 1 "Secret," "Bedtime Story" and "Human Nature."
Jackson's "Control" is the latest classic pop album to reemerge into the iTunes top 10. It was released in 1986 and was hailed as Jackson's breakthrough after two modestly received albums, 1982's self-titled debut and 1984's "Dream Street."
"Control" spawned a series of dynamic singles: "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty," "Control," the No. 1 "When I Think of You," "Let's Wait Awhile" and "The Pleasure Principle." It set Jackson on the course to superstardom and made her one of the first artists to maximize the use of extravagant music videos.
A sale promotion in the iTunes Store lifted a number of older albums to sales increases, and fans took notice.
It might be the year 2020, but if you glanced at the U.S. iTunes Store’s Top Albums tally this past week, it’d be hard to tell what decade you were in.
Thanks to sale pricing and fan promotion, a trio of older albums by Mariah Carey, Madonna and Janet Jackson all jumped into the iTunes Store's always-updating Top Albums tally. On April 27 and 28, Carey’s 2008 album E=MC2 was No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums tally, while Madonna’s 1994 set Bedtime Stories visited No. 1 on April 30. Meanwhile, Jackson’s 1986 album Control also visited the top 10 during the week -- and at one point, all three albums were together in the top 10.
According to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, E=MC2 sold about 2,000 copies total across all retailers in the U.S. in the week ending April 30. About half of that sum was driven by digital sales on April 27, the day the album topped the iTunes tally. Traditionally, the album sells a negligible figure on a daily basis.
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As for Bedtime Stories, it shifted a little over 1,000 copies for the week, while Control sold just under 1,000. Again, the bulk of each album’s sales were driven by digital sales -- nearly 1,000 for Bedtime Stories on April 30 (the day it was No. 1 in the iTunes Store) and a little under, 1,000 for Control across three days (April 28-30). Like with E=MC2, both Bedtime Stories and Control generally sell a negligible figure on any normal day.
It doesn’t necessarily take a large number of sales to reach No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums ranking, especially considering album sales have been on the decline for years, and it was a particularly soft week for new releases on April 24. The trio of albums were part of an iTunes Store promotion where more than 100 pop albums were discounted to $4.99 and advertised in a banner ad that appears at the top of the front page of the Store, directing consumers to “$4.99 Pop Albums at a Great Price.”
As generally happens with deeply discounted albums (most new titles sell for at least $9.99), they start to rise up the iTunes Store Top Albums list, since it reacts in real time to customers’ purchases. After that, fans of the divas took notice of the albums dotting the iTunes Store Top Albums list and began awareness campaigns on social media to drive attention to the albums. That promotion then helped engineer more sales for the albums, which brought them to the top 10 of the store. At that point, the albums got much wider attention, since the top 10 of the Top Albums list is visible on the front of the iTunes Store, and casual music fans likely saw the albums in the top 10 -- perhaps encouraging even more sales.
E=MC2 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated May 3, 2008. Bedtime Stories debuted and peaked at No. 3 (Nov. 12, 1994), and Control hit No. 1 on July 5, 1986. None of the albums are expected to re-enter next week’s Billboard 200 chart, despite their surge on the iTunes Store.