Post by MikeCheck12 on Sept 10, 2009 13:10:25 GMT -5
Rhythm Nation 1814, released 20 years ago today, was the follow up to the hugely successful Controlalbum.
RN1814 produced seven Top 5 singles (four of which went to #1) --- "State Of The World" managed to hit #2 on airplay alone, but was unable to chart on the Hot 100 since a commercial single was not released. Apparently, the suits at A&M didn't want to make a commercial single available in hopes that more people would purchase the album.
RIAA has certified the album 6x platinum. It could probably be re-certified for around 8x platinum now, though.
This is a stellar album from start to finish. What are your favorite tracks?
Post by Night Senses on Sept 10, 2009 14:18:42 GMT -5
ILY for this thread, Mike.
This album is such an important part of my childhood. I just remember literally begging my parents to let me stay up on a school night so I could catch the premiere of the 1990 MTV Rockumentary on the album and tour. This was the era that made me a true Janet fan. I was too young to appreciate her enough during Control, but with this album, I actually could comprehend the mere idea of being inspired by the dedication and conceptual styling of an artist. And believe it or not, the social consciousness of RN1814 actually made me have more fun in school and strive for a better education. I thought school was boring until Janet said it was cool. It's amazing what the young mind can pick up from an entertainer who makes important things relevant. This album wasn't just about the huge videos and killer hits for me; I really took it seriously and paid attention to the message. It wasn't until I got much older that I realized Janet had achieved so much with the album. At the time, I was just a 7-8 year old kid reading the lyrics to "The Knowledge" and getting information. I didn't know she was topping the Billboard charts and selling millions. I'm glad I didn't understand all that back then because it would've distracted me a little bit.
As for the music, which is fantastic and very high-caliber pop/R&B, there isn't a track I dislike. It's hard for me to even figure out which song I like the least because it's such a great record from beginning to end.
If I had to pick an ultimate favorite song, it'd probably be "Lonely," because I just love the vulnerability in Janet's voice. When the hook kicks in, it puts you in a contemplative state. The "All alone with no one to talk to / Is such a helpless feeling." I was an introverted child, so I related to that track instantly.
Such a great, great, great album, though. And the tour is the Biggest Debut Tour by a Female Artist for a reason. She killed it all the while on a simple stage with simple lights and simple costumes. It was just Janet, stripped down, giving you IT!
Love RN1814. A blessing of the 80's and early 90's, IMO.
Post by MikeCheck12 on Sept 10, 2009 14:33:32 GMT -5
My brother and I called the Rhythm Nation 1814 documentary that she released in conjuction with the album - the "thirty minute Janet movie". I still have it on VHS, and would LOVE if they would release it on DVD.
1. Interlude: Pledge 0:47 2. Rhythm Nation 5:30 3. Interlude: T.V. 0:21 4. State Of The World 4:47 5. Interlude: Race 0:04 6. The Knowledge 3:53 7. Interlude: Let's Dance 0:04 8. Miss You Much 4:12 9. Interlude: Come Back Interlude 0:21 10. Love Will Never Do (Without You) 5:49 11. Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make) 4:41 12. Alright 6:26 13. Interlude: Hey Baby 0:09 14. Escapade 4:43 15. Interlude: No Acid 0:05 16. Black Cat 4:50 17. Lonely 4:59 18. Come Back To Me 5:32 19. Someday Is Tonight 6:01 20. Interlude: Livin'...In Complete Darkness
Post by Mr. Wonder on Sept 17, 2009 16:31:10 GMT -5
Released: September 12, 1989 US Sales: 6x platinum+ (should be 8x platinum A&M ) Worldwide: 14 million+ Billboard 200: #1 (4 weeks) 104 weeks total Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #1
We are a nation with no geographic boundaries bound together through our beliefs we are like-minded individuals sharing a common vision pushing toward a world rid of color-lines
Music. Poetry. Dance. Unity.
Miss You Much
The Billboard Hot 100: #1 (4 weeks) Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #1 Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (3 weeks) Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #1
The Billboard Hot 100: #2 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #1 Hot 100 Airplay: #2 Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #1
The Billboard Hot 100: #1 (3 weeks) Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #1 Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (4 weeks) Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #1
The Billboard Hot 100: #4 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #2 Hot 100 Airplay: #2 Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #1
Come Back To Me
The Billboard Hot 100: #2 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #2 Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (2 weeks) Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales: #17 Hot Adult Contemporary: #1
The Billboard Hot 100: #1 (1 week) Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #10 Hot 100 Airplay: #2 Mainstream Rock Tracks: #1 Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #17
Love Will Never Do (Without You)
The Billboard Hot 100: #1 (1 week) Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #3 Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (3 weeks) Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #4
American Music Awards
1990: Favorite Soul/R&B Single: Miss You Much 1990: Favorite Dance Single: Miss You Much 1991: Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist 1991: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist 1991: Favorite Dance Artist
Billboard Music Awards
1990: Top Selling Album Of The Year: Rhythm Nation 1990: Top Selling R&B Album Of The Year: Rhythm Nation 1990: Top Selling R&B Album's Artist Of The Year 1990: Top Selling R&B Artist Of The Year 1990: Top R&B Singles Artist 1990: Top Hot 100 Singles Artist Of The Year 1990: Top Hot 100 Singles Artist Of The Year - Female 1990: Top Dance Club Play Artist 1990: Top Hot Dance 12" Singles Sales Artist 1990: Top R&B Female Artist Of The Year 1990: Best Female Artist, Black/Rap 1990: Best Female Artist, Dance 1990: Director's Award (Black/Rap): Rhythm Nation" 1990: Director's Award (Dance): Alright: 1990: Billboard/Tanqueray Sterling Music Video Award for Artistic Achievement: Rhythm Nation
Soul Train Music Awards
1990: Best Female Single: Miss You Much 1990: Best Music Video: Rhythm Nation 1990: MTV Video Vanguard Award 1990: Soul Train Award for R&B/Urban Contemporary Album Of The Year 1992: Soul Train Award for Entertainer Of The Year
1990: Best Longform Music Video: Rhythm Nation 1814
MTV Video Music Awards
1990: Best Choreography in a Video: Rhythm Nation 1990: Video Vanguard 1991: Best Female Video: Love Will Never Do (Without You)
BMI Pop Awards
1990: Songwriter Of The Year 1990: Most Played Song: Alright 1990: Most Played Song: Come Back To Me 1990: Most Played Song: Escapade 1990: Most Played Song: Rhythm Nation 1991: Most Played Song: Black Cat 1991: Most Played Song: Come Back To Me 1992: Most Played Song: State Of The World
Hollywood Walk Of Fame
1990: Hollywood Walk of Fame Star 1990: State of California Named Janet Jackson Day
NAACP Image Awards
1990: Greater Hartford - Musical and Civil Rights Efforts Award 1992: 24th Annual NAACP Awards - "Chairman's Award" (the show's highest honor)
Starlight Foundation Award
1991: Humanitarian of the Year
Center for Population Options
1990: Nancy Susan Reynolds Award
1991: Humanitarian Youth Advocacy Award
Swiss Sales Awards
1991: Gold sales award for "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814" (Album)
ARIA Awards (Australian Sales Awards)
1989 - Miss You Much (Single) 1989 - Rhythm Nation 1814 (Album) 1990 - Escapade (Single) 1990 - Black Cat (Single) 1991 - Love Will Never Do (Without You) (Single)
1990 - Miss You Much (Single) 1990 - Black Cat (Single) 1990 - Rhythm Nation 1814 (Album) 1991 - Love Will Never Do (Without You) (Single)
1991 - Rhythm Nation 1814 (Album) 2p
BPI Sales Award (UK)
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814:
1989: Silver Award 1989: Gold Award 1990: Platinum Award
Rhythm Nation 1814 made Janet the first female artist to have the #1 Selling Album Of The Year.
Rhythm Nation 1814 is the only album to produce a #1 single in three different calendar years
Rhythm Nation 1814 is the first and only album in music history to produce 7 Top 5 Singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
Rhythm Nation 1814 is the only album to produce 4 #1 hits on the Dance chart, a record unmatched.
Rhythm Nation 1814 made Janet the first black female artist to be nominated for the Producer of the Year Grammy
Rhythm Nation 1814 made Janet the first female artist to sweep an awards show
Rhythm Nation 1814 made Janet the youngest artist, and first black female, to win BMI’s Songwriter of the Year
Rhythm Nation 1814 also won the most Billboard Awards in history, in one year it won an amazing 14 Billboard/ Billboard/Tanqueray Sterling Music Video Awards
Every single was #1 on one or another Billboard chart for a total of 7 #1 Billboard Singles. A record that remains unmatched.
“Miss You Much” became the first single to simultaneously top the Hot 100, R&B, and Dance charts.
Rhythm Nation 1814 made Janet the first artist to win Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist at the American Music Awards. (both major categories )
“Black Cat” made Janet the first artist to simultaneously hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock singles charts, as well as going Top 10 on the R&B chart.
The Rhythm Nation 1814 World Tour
The Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour remains the most successful premiere tour of any artist, male or female selling out on 4 continents.
The tour holds the record for the fastest sellout in the history of the Tokyo Dome. Janet sold out the 48,000 seat dome with 4 dates in a record 7 minutes (192,000 tickets total). Roughly 27,428 tickets sold per minute, and roughly 457 tickets sold per second.
Other Noted Achievements
Rhythm Nation 1814 is ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, coming in at #275
Rolling Stone Magazine: 50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums includes Rhythm Nation 1814 at # 27
Rhythm Nation 1814 is listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Rhythm Nation 1814 is ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top 100 Best Albums of the past 25 years, coming in at #54.
"Miss You Much" is the longest running #1 single of 1989 with 4 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Rhythm Nation" (video) was named by TV Guide and MTV as the #44 Greatest Music Video Ever Made, and the #37 Greatest Video Ever Made on the VH1 Top 100 Videos Of All Time countdown.
"Love Will Never Do (Without You)," was named by MTV as the Sexiest Music Video ever made in 1998. "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" also made the TV Guide/MTV list of the greatest videos ever made (#88) and the VH1 Top 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made (#72).
“Come Back To Me," received a BMI Million Play Award for over 1 million spins on the radio.
Rhythm Nation 1814 is one of BMG Music Club’s 1 million sellers.
1990: The Rhythm Nation Compilation (video compilation from 1989-1990): RIAA certificate: Multi-Platinum
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law -- for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”
has anyone heard the b-side to "Miss You Much"? it sounded like an outtake from the album it was most likely from the RN1814 session. I think the song was called "You Need Me" and she wrote it about Joe or something like that, i found a YT link for those who haven't heard it