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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Collection of D-Train

D Train, an innovative duo that consisted of James "D-Train" Williams (vocals) and Hubert Eaves III (keyboards, bass, drums, arrangements, productions), recorded a clutch of electrified dance/R&B classics in the early '80s. From the release of their first single onward, Williams' voice was instantly recognizable for its power-packed, uplifting nature. Eaves' instrumental backing and production were extremely complementary to Williams' deliveries, punching out bold, intricate arrangements that were often livened up for the dancefloor by remixer extraordinaire Francois Kevorkian.

Williams and Eaves met while attending high school in Brooklyn, NY. Shortly after the '70s gave way to the '80s, they began recording together, using Williams' nickname -- earned from his prowess on the football field -- as their recording alias. They signed a contract with Prelude and released their first single, the brilliant "You're the One for Me," by the end of 1981. The song hit number one on the dance chart in early 1982 and kept that position for three weeks. Their somewhat spotty debut album followed later that year and included another spectacular track, the spirited "Keep On."

Music, D Train's second album, followed in 1983 and was supported with another batch of singles: "Keep Giving Me Love," "Are You Ready for Me," and Top 40 U.K. hit "Music" amongst them. Something's on Your Mind, the third and final album from the duo, spawned a Top Five R&B chart hit in the form of the title track. A couple of other singles from the album didn't do as well, but the group bowed out in fine fashion. They could've milked the sound of "You're the One for Me" for a long time, but they kept moving ahead and did the unexpected by incorporating elements inspired from other music forms. A list of covers they recorded -- Carole King's "So Far Away," Bacharach/David's "Walk on By," Mandel/Webster's "The Shadow of Your Smile" -- hardly indicate the scope.

Williams and Eaves quit recording as D Train in 1985. Eaves' accomplishments did not go unnoticed; he began a busy second life as a valued session hand, working on records by Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross. Williams continued as a solo artist and notched three R&B chart hits during the latter half of the '80s. He also leant background vocals to several records throughout the following decade. Allmusic by Andy Kellman

Album: You're The One For Me (1982)

01. You're The One For Me
02. Walk On By
03. Tryin' To Get Over
04. Lucky Day
05. D Train Theme
06. Keep On
07. Love Vibrations
08. You're The One For Me (Reprise)

Album: Music (1983)

01. Keep Giving Me Love (Album Mix)
02. The Shadow Of Your Smile
03. Are You Ready For Me
04. Music (Remix)
05. Children Of The World
06. Let Me Show You (A World Of Wonder)
07. Don't Wanna Ride (The D Train Theme)
08. Keep Giving Me Love
09. Keep Giving Me Love (Radio Edit)
10. Are You Ready For Me (Radio Edit)
11. Music (Radio Edit)
12. Music (Dub Version)

Album: Something's On Your Mind (1984)

01. Something's On Your Mind
02. I Treasure Your Pleasure
03. You're The Reason
04. Hustle And Bustle Of The City
05. Thank You
06. I'll Do Anything
07. So Far Away
08. Thank You (Remix)
09. Something's On Your Mind (Dub Version)
10. Thank You (Dub Remix)
11. Something's On Your Mind (Radio Edit)
12. Thank You (Radio Edit)

Album: Miracles Of The Heart (1986)

01. You Are Everything
02. Oh How I Love You (Girl)
03. Miracle Of The Heart
04. Misunderstanding
05. Let Me Love You
06. Ice Melts Into Rain
07. I Got Your Number
08. Stand Up And Fight

Album: In Your Eyes (1988)

01. In Your Eyes
02. Order in the House
03. With All My Heart
04. If You Know What I Know
05. Shadow of Another Love
06. Runner
07. Curious
08. Child of Love
09. Diamond in the Night
10. My Friend
11. Smile

Album: The Best Of - 12 Inch Mixes (1992)

01. You're the One for Me
02. Keep On
03. Walk on By
04. Keep Giving Me Love
05. Music
06. Something's on Your Mind
07. Just Another Night
08. D Train Theme
09. Trying to Get Over
10. D Train

Album: The Best Of (1994)

01. You're The One For Me (OriginalVersion)
02. Keep On
03. Walk On By
04. Keep Giving Me Love
05. D Train Theme
06. Music
07. Something's On Your Mind
08. Just Another Night (Without Your Love)
09. D Train (Dub Mixed by)
10. Trying To Get Over (Edited Version)
11. You're The One For Me (Labor Of Love Mix)

Album: 701 Franklin Ave. (2009)

01. Pleasure
02. Take the Road
03. D-Train Theme III
04. Ride With Me
05. Feel The Fire
06. Tell Me When The Madness Ends
07. 7 Seconds
08. I Wanna Be Free
09. When U Going To Wake Up
10. Lonely Hearts
11. Have You Really Been Faithful
12. The World Is At War
13. Devil Left Hell
14. Seven Rainbows
15. Keep On (Live)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Vanessa Williams

Collection of Vanessa Williams

When Vanessa Williams began her singing career, she was known chiefly as the Miss America pageant winner who'd been forced to renounce her title for posing in Penthouse magazine. Williams not only put the scandal behind her, she all but obliterated it, turning out a series of slick, sophisticated hits that made her one of the most popular adult contemporary R&B singers of her time. In addition to her broad crossover appeal, she established a parallel acting career in both film and television, ending the '90s as a highly successful all-around entertainer.

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in the upstate New York town of Millwood to parents who were both music teachers. She loved performing musical theater as a teenager, and won a scholarship to study it at Syracuse University in 1981. In the meantime, she began entering beauty pageants, with considerable success; in 1983, she represented New York in the Miss America pageant and became the first African-American woman ever to be crowned the winner. Unfortunately, her triumph was short-lived. Williams had posed for a series of nude photos for Penthouse prior to her historic victory, and when the magazine published them in 1984, the ensuing scandal forced her to resign as Miss America. Undaunted, Williams began to pursue her first love, singing; she backed George Clinton on his 1986 album R&B Skeletons in the Closet, including the single "Do Fries Go With That Shake?" Williams also returned to acting, making her feature film debut with a small role in The Pickup Artist in 1987; the same year, she married her manager, Ramon Harvey. All the renewed exposure eventually helped land her a record deal with Mercury/Polygram subsidiary Wing.

Williams' debut album, The Right Stuff, was released in 1988, featuring a mix of urban dance-pop and adult contemporary balladry. The title track was a decent-sized hit, and the ballad "Dreamin'" became Williams' first Top Ten single, going all the way to number one on the R&B charts. The Right Stuff went gold, and Williams subsequently appeared in several TV movies. Her 1991 sophomore set The Comfort Zone was a star-maker; it spawned another R&B chart-topper in "Running Back to You," but the real story was the ballad "Save the Best for Last," a ubiquitous across-the-board smash that became Williams' first number one hit on the pop charts. The title track solidified Williams' growing reputation for smooth, sexy adult pop, and the album went on to sell over two million copies. In 1993, Williams' duet with Brian McKnight, "Love Is," became another huge hit when it was featured on the soundtrack of Beverly Hills 90210.

In 1994, Williams returned to her roots by accepting her first starring role on Broadway, taking over the lead in Kiss of the Spider Woman; she also appeared on a re-recorded version of the cast album. Late that year, she also released her third album, The Sweetest Days, which found her branching out into jazzy pop and torch songs in addition to her usual urban and adult contemporary fare. It also featured material by Babyface and Sting, and its upscale, sophisticated ambience gave Williams her second platinum album. In 1995, Williams was tabbed to sing the commercial version of "Colors of the Wind," the theme to the Disney film Pocahontas; not only was it a huge hit, it also won an Academy Award. 1996 brought a divorce from manager Harvey and the holiday album Star Bright; most notably, Williams landed her biggest feature film role to date when she starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in that year's Eraser, and she followed it with an appearance in the ensemble drama Soul Food in 1997. 1997 also brought her fourth proper album, Next, which didn't attract quite as much attention as its predecessors. After the release of Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years in late 1998, Williams remained relatively quiet on the musical front, save for the occasional live performance event; she concentrated more on her acting career, and was prominently featured in Dance With Me (1998), Light It Up (1999), and the remake of Shaft (2000). In 1999, Williams remarried to L.A. Lakers basketball player Rick Fox. Allmusic by Steve Huey

Album: The Right Stuff (1988)

01. The Right Stuff
02. Be A Man
03. Dreamin'
04. If You Really Love Him
05. (He's Got) The Look
06. I'll Be The One
07. Security
08. Darlin' I
09. Am I Too Much
10. Can This Be Real
11. Whatever Happens

Album: The Comfort Zone (1991)

01. The Comfort Zone
02. Running Back to You
03. Work to Do
04. You Gotta Go
05. Still in Love
06. Save The Best For Last
07. What Will I Tell My Heart
08. Strangers Eyes
09. 2 of a Kind
10. Freedom Dance [Get Free!]
11. Just For Tonight
12. One Reason
13. Better Off Now
14. Goodbye

Album: The Sweetest Days (1994)

01. Intro-lude
02. The Way That You Love
03. Betcha Never
04. The Sweetest Day
05. Higher Ground
06. You Don't Have To Say You're Sorry
07. Ellamental
08. Sister Moon
09. You Can't Run
10. Moonlight Over Paris
11. Constantly
12. Long Way Home

Album: Next (1997)

01. Who Were You Thinkin' 'Bout
02. Happiness
03. And My Heart Goes
04. First Thing On Your Mind
05. Crazy 'Bout You
06. Lost Without You
07. Someone Like You
08. The Easiest Thing
09. Surrender
10. Start Again
11. And If I Ever
12. Oh How The Years Go By

Album: Greatest Hits The First Ten Years (1998)

01. The Right Stuff
02. Dreamin'
03. Running Back To You
04. The Comfort Zone
05. Save The Best For Last
06. The Sweetest Days
07. Betcha Never
08. Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly
09. Oh How The Years Go By
10. Love Is (Duet With Brian McKnight)
11. Colors Of The Wind
12. Where Do We Go From Here
13. My Flame

Album: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (2003)

01. Save The Best For Last
02. Dreamin'
03. Running Back To You
04. Work To Do
05. The Comfort Zone
06. The Right Stuff
07. Darlin' I
08. The Sweetest Days
09. Oh How The Years Go By
10. Happiness

Album: Love Songs (2004)

01. The Way That You Love (Late Night Mix)
02. Dreamin'
03. Alfie
04. Love Like This
05. And My Heart Goes
06. Still In Love
07. Just For Tonight
08. Someone Like You
09. And If I Ever
10. Can This Be Real
11. April Fools
12. Save The Best For Last

Album: Everlasting Love (2005)

01. Everlasting Love
02. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
03. Harvest for the World
04. I'll Be Good To You (Feat. James 'D-Train' Williams)
05. Let's Love
06. Midnight Blue
07. Never Can Say Goodbye (Feat. George Benson)
08. One Less Bell to Answer
09. Send One Your Love
10. Show and Tell
11. Today and Everyday
12. Tuning
13. With You I'm Born Again
14. You Are Everything

Album: The Real Thing (2009)

01. Breathless
02. Hello Like Before
03. Loving You
04. Just Friends
05. The Real Thing
06. Lazy Afternoon
07. Close To You
08. I Fell In
09. October Sky
10. Come On Strong
11. If There Were No Song


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Roberta Flack

Collection of Roberta Flack

Classy, urbane, reserved, smooth, and sophisticated -- all of these terms have been used to describe the music of Roberta Flack, particularly her string of romantic, light jazz ballad hits in the 1970s, which continue to enjoy popularity on MOR-oriented adult contemporary stations. Flack was the daughter of a church organist and started playing piano early enough to get a music scholarship and eventual degree from Howard University. After a period of student teaching, Flack was discovered singing at a club by jazz musician Les McCann and signed to Atlantic.

Her first two albums were well received but produced no hit singles; however, that all changed when a version of Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," from her first LP, was included in the soundtrack of Play Misty for Me. The single zoomed to number one in 1972 and remained there for six weeks, becoming that year's biggest hit. Flack followed it with the first of several duets with Howard classmate Donny Hathaway, "Where Is the Love." "Killing Me Softly With His Song" became Flack's second number one hit (five weeks) in 1973, and after topping the charts again in 1974 with "Feel Like Makin' Love," Flack took a break from performing to concentrate on recording and charitable causes.

She charted several more times over the next few years, but a major blow struck in 1979 when Hathaway committed suicide. Devastated, Flack was forced to find another partner and eventually did in Peabo Bryson, with whom she toured in 1980. The two recorded together in 1983, scoring a hit duet with "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love." Flack spent the remainder of the '80s touring and performing, often with orchestras, and also several times with Miles Davis. She returned to the Top Ten once more in 1991 with "Set the Night to Music," a duet with Maxi Priest that appeared that year on the album of the same name. Her Roberta full-length, featuring interpretations of jazz and popular standards, followed in 1995.

Album: First Take (1969)

01. Compared To What
02. Angelitos Negros
03. Our Ages or Our Hearts
04. I Told Jesus
05. Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
06. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Fa
07. Tryin' Times
08. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men

Album: Chapter Two (1970)

01. Reverend Lee
02. Do What You Gotta Do
03. Just Like a Woman
04. Let It Be Me
05. Gone Away
06. Until It's Time for You to Go
07. Impossible Dream
08. Business Goes on as Usual

Album: Quiet Fire (1971)

01. Go up Moses
02. Bridge over Troubled Water
03. Sunday and Sister Jones
04. See You Then
05. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
06. To Love Somebody
07. Let Them Talk
08. Sweet Bitter Love

Album: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (1972)

01. I (Who Have Nothing)
02. You've Got A Friend
03. Baby I Love You
04. Be Real Black For Me
05. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
06. For All We Know
07. Where Is The Love
08. When Love Has Grown
09. Come Ye Disconsolate
10. Mood

Album: Killing Me Softly (1973)

01. Killing Me Softly With His Song
02. Jesse
03. No Tears (In the End)
04. I'm the Girl
05. River
06. Conversation Love
07. When You Smile
08. Suzanne

Album: Feel Like Makin' Love (1975)

01. Feelin' That Glow
02. I Wanted It Too
03. I Can See The Sun In Late
04. Some Gospel According To
05. Feel Like Makin' Love
06. Mr. Magic
07. Early Ev'ry Midnite
08. Old Heartbreak Top Ten
09. She's Not Blind

Album: Blue Lights In The Basement (1977)

01. Why Don't You Move In With Me
02. The Closer I Get To You
03. Fine, Fine Day
04. This Time I'll Be Sweeter
05. 25Th Of Last December
06. After You
07. I'd Like To Be Baby To You
08. Soul Deep
09. Love Is The Healing
10. Where I'll Find You

Album: Roberta Flack (1978)

01. What a Woman Really Means
02. You Are Everything
03. Independent Man
04. If Ever I See You Again
05. And the Feeling's Good
06. Knowing That We're Made for Each Other
07. Come Share My Love
08. Baby I Love You So
09. When It's Over

Album: Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway (1980)

01. Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love)
02. God Don't Like Ugly
03. You Are My Heaven
04. Disguises
05. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
06. Back Together Again
07. Stay with Me

Album: Bustin' Loose (1981)

01. Lovin' You (Is Such An Easy Thang To Do)
02. Rollin' On
03. You Stopped Loving Me
04. Just When I Needed You
05. Qual E Malindrinho (Why Are You So Bad)
06. Love (Always Commands)
07. Children's Song
08. Ballad For D
09. Hittin' Me Where It Hurts

Album: The Best Of (1981)

01. Killing Me Softly With His Song
02. The Closer I Get To You
03. You've Got A Friend
04. Feel Like Makin' Love
05. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
06. Where Is The Love
07. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
08. Back Together Again
09. You Are My Heaven
10. If Ever I See You Again
11. Jesse

Album: I'm The One (1982)

01. I'm the One
02. 'Till The Morning Comes
03. Love And Let Love
04. Never Loved Before
05. In the Name of Love
06. Ordinary Man
07. Making Love
08. Happiness
09. My Love For You

Album: Born To Love Ft Peabo Bryson( 1983)

01. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
02. Blame It On Me
03. Heaven Above Me
04. Born To Love
05. Maybe
06. I Just Came Here To Dance
07. Comin Alive
08. You're Looking Like Love To Me
09. Can We Find Love Again

Album: Oasis (1988)

01. Oasis
02. All Caught Up In Love
03. Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)
04. Shock To My System
05. You Who Brought Me Love
06. Something Magic
07. And So It Goes
08. You Know What It's Like
09. And So It Goes (Reprise)
10. My Someone To Love
11. (His Name) Brazil

Album: Set The Night To Music (1991)

01. The Waiting Game
02. Friend
03. Always
04. Set The Night To Music [with Maxi Priest]
05. When Someone Tears Your Heart In Two
06. Something Your Heart Has Been Telling Me
07. You Make Me Feel Brand New
08. Unforgettable
09. Summertime
10. Natural Thing
11. My Foolish Heart

Album: Stop the World (1992)

01. Stop The World
02. Love That Was Lost
03. Chinatown
04. Love Will Make Me Stronger
05. I Love You
06. We Can Make It Right
07. The Moment Has Come
08. Got The Blues
09. Last Christmas Eve

Album: Softly With These Songs - The Best Of Roberta Flack (1993)

01. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
02. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
03. Where Is The Love
04. Killing Me Softly With His Song
05. Feel Like Makin' Love
06. The Closer I Get To You
07. More Than Everything
08. Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love)
09. Back Together Again
10. Making Love
11. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
12. Oasis
13. And So It Goes
14. You Know What It's Like
15. Set The Night To Music
16. My Foolish Heart
17. Uh-Uh Ooh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)

Album: Roberta (1995)

01. Let's Stay Together
02. Sweet Georgia Brown
03. The Thrill Is Gone
04. It Might Be You
05. In a Sentimental Mood
06. Looking for Another Pure Love
07. I Don't Care Who Knows (Baby, I'm Yours)
08. Prelude to a Kiss (Intro)
09. Prelude to a Kiss
10. Angel Eyes
11. Tenderly
12. Cottage for Sale
13. Isn't It Romantic
14. My Romance
15. You'll Never Know ('Til You Let Go)

Album: The Very Best Of (2006)

01. Killing Me Softly With His Son
02. Where Is The Love
03. Feel Like Makin' Love
04. The First Time Ever I Saw Your
05. And So It Goes
06. Tonight I Celebrate My Love
07. The Closer I Get To You
08. 'Til The Morming Comes
09. Back Together Again
10. Making Love
11. Only Heaven Can Wait
12. Set The Night To Music
13. You Are My Heaven
14. Oasis
15. Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
16. And So It Goes (Reprise)
17. Trade Winds

Album: Love Songs (2011)

01. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Remastered Version)
02. You've Got A Friend (With Donny Hathaway) (LP Version)
03. Killing Me Softly With His Song (Remastered Version)
04. Where Is The Love (With Donny Hathaway) (Remastered Version)
05. Feel Like Makin' Love (Remastered Version)
06. After You (LP Version)
07. The Closer I Get To You (With Donny Hathaway) (Remastered Version)
08. Back Together Again (LP Version)
09. More Than Everything (With Peabo Bryson)
10. Just When I Needed You
11. Maybe (With Peabo Bryson)
12. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love (With Peabo Bryson) (1983 Digital Remaster)
13. And So It Goes (LP Version)
14. When Someone Tears Your Heart In Two
15. Only Heaven Can Wait (For Love) - You Are My Heaven (With Peabo Bryson) (Live Album Version)
16. Can We Find Love Again (With Peabo Bryson)
17. All Caught Up In Love (LP Version)
18. Let's Stay Together (LP Version)


Friday, September 5, 2014

Janet Jackson

Collection of Janet Jackson

Few celebrity siblings can emerge from the shadows of their already famous relations to become superstars in their own right and with their own distinct personalities. That's exactly what Janet Jackson did in becoming one of the biggest female pop and R&B stars of the '80s and '90s. Since her breakthrough in 1986 with the album Control, Jackson's career as a hitmaker has been a model of consistency, rivaling Madonna and Whitney Houston in terms of pop chart success over the long haul. A big part of the reason was that Jackson kept her level of quality control very high; her singles were always expertly crafted, with indelible pop hooks and state-of-the-art production that kept up with contemporary trends in urban R&B. Once established, her broad-based appeal never really dipped all that much; she was able to avoid significant career missteps, musical and otherwise, and successfully shifted her image from a strong, independent young woman to a sexy, mature adult. With a string of multi-platinum albums under her belt, she showed no signs of slowing down in the new millennium.

Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born May 16, 1966, in Gary, IN. She was the youngest of nine children in the Jackson family, and her older brothers had already begun performing together as the Jackson 5 by the time she was born. Bitten by the performing bug at a young age, she first appeared on-stage with the Jackson 5 at age seven, and began a sitcom acting career at the age of ten in 1977, when producer Norman Lear selected her to join the cast of Good Times. She remained there until 1979, and subsequently appeared on Diff'rent Strokes (1981-1982) and A New Kind of Family. In 1982, pushed by her father into trying a singing career, Jackson released her self-titled first album on A&M; a couple of singles scraped the lower reaches of the charts, but on the whole, it made very little noise. She was cast in the musical series Fame in 1983; the following year, she issued her second album, Dream Street, which sold even more poorly than its predecessor. Upon turning 18, Jackson rebelled against her parents' close supervision, eloping with a member of another musical family, singer James DeBarge. However, the relationship quickly hit the rocks and Jackson wound up moving back into her parents' home and having the marriage annulled.

Jackson took some time to rethink her musical career, and her father hired her a new manager, John McClain, who isolated his young charge to train her as a dancer (and make her lose weight). McClain hooked Jackson up with producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, whom she'd seen perform as members of the Minneapolis funk outfit the Time. Jackson collaborated with Jam and Lewis on most of the tracks for her next album, Control, which presented her as a confident, tough-minded young woman (with a soft side and a sense of humor) taking charge of her life for the first time. In support of Jackson's new persona, Jam and Lewis crafted a set of polished, computerized backing tracks with slamming beats that owed more to hard, hip-hop-tinged funk and urban R&B than Janet's older brother Michael's music. Control became an out-of-the-box hit, and eventually spun off six singles, the first five of which -- "What Have You Done for Me Lately," the catch phrase-inspiring "Nasty," the number one "When I Think of You," the title track, and the ballad "Let's Wait Awhile" -- hit the Top Five on the pop charts. Jackson was hailed as a role model for young women and Control eventually sold over five million copies, establishing Jackson as not just a star, but her own woman. It also made Jam and Lewis a monstrously in-demand production team.

For the hotly anticipated follow-up, McClain wanted to push Jackson toward more overtly sexual territory, to which she objected strenuously. Instead, she began collaborating with Jam and Lewis on more socially conscious material, which formed the backbone of 1989's Rhythm Nation 1814 (the "1814" purportedly stood for either the letters "R" and "N" or the year "The Star-Spangled Banner" was written). Actually, save for the title track, most of the record's singles were bright and romantically themed; four of them -- "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat," and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" -- hit number one, and three more -- "Rhythm Nation," "Alright," and "Come Back to Me" -- reached the Top Five, making Jackson the first artist ever to produce seven Top Five hits off of one album (something not even her brother Michael had accomplished). Aside from a greater use of outside samples, Rhythm Nation's sound largely resembled that of Control, but was just as well crafted, and listeners embraced it enthusiastically, buying over six million copies. Jackson undertook her first real tour (she'd appeared at high schools around the country in 1982) in support of the album and it was predictably a smashing success. In 1991, Jackson capitalized on her success by jumping from A&M to Virgin for a reported $32 million, and also secretly married choreographer and longtime boyfriend René Elizondo.

Once on Virgin, Jackson set about revamping her sound and image. Her 1992 duet with Luther Vandross from the Mo' Money soundtrack, "The Best Things in Life Are Free," was a major R&B hit, also reaching the pop Top Ten. The following year, she also resumed her acting career, co-starring in acclaimed director (and former junior high classmate) John Singleton's Poetic Justice, along with rapper Tupac Shakur. But neither really hinted at the sexy, seductive, fully adult persona she unveiled with 1993's janet., her Virgin debut. Jackson trumpeted her new image with a notorious Rolling Stone cover photo, in which her topless form was covered by a pair of hands belonging to an unseen "friend." Musically, Jam and Lewis set aside the synthesized funk of their first two albums with Jackson in favor of warm, inviting, gently undulating grooves. The album's lead single, the slinky "That's the Way Love Goes," became Jackson's biggest hit ever, spending eight weeks at number one. It was followed by a predictably long parade of Top Ten hits -- "If," the number one ballad "Again," "Because of You," "Any Time, Any Place," "You Want This." janet.'s debut showing at number one made it her third straight chart-topping album, and it went on to sell nearly seven million copies.

In 1995, Janet and Michael teamed up for the single "Scream," which was supported by an elaborate, award-winning, space-age video that, upon completion, ranked as the most expensive music video ever made. The single debuted at number five on the pop charts, but gradually slid down from there. In 1996, A&M issued a retrospective of her years at the label, Design of a Decade 1986-1996; it featured the Virgin hit "That's the Way Love Goes" and a few new tracks, one of which, "Runaway," became a Top Five hit. Jackson also signed a new contract with Virgin for a reported $80 million. Yet while working on her next album, Jackson reportedly suffered an emotional breakdown, or at least a severe bout with depression; she later raised eyebrows when she talked in several interviews about the cleansing value of coffee enemas as part of her treatment. Her next album, The Velvet Rope, appeared in 1997 and was touted as her most personal and intimate work to date. The Velvet Rope sought to combine the sensuality of janet. with the more socially conscious parts of Rhythm Nation, mixing songs about issues like domestic abuse, AIDS, and homophobia with her most sexually explicit songs ever. Critical opinion on the album was divided; some applauded her ambition, while others found the record too bloated. The lead American single "Together Again," an elegy for AIDS victims, was a number one hit; also popular on the radio was "Got 'til It's Gone," which featured rapper Q-Tip and a sample of Joni Mitchell over a reggae beat. "I Get Lonely," featuring Blackstreet, was another big hit; but on the whole, The Velvet Rope didn't prove to be the blockbuster singles bonanza that its predecessors were, which was probably why its sales stalled at around three million copies.

Jackson toured the world again, and stayed on the charts in 1999 with the Top Five Busta Rhymes duet "What's It Gonna Be?!"; her appearance in the video remade her as a glitzy, artificially costumed, single-name diva. In 2000, she appeared in the Eddie Murphy comedy Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and her soundtrack contribution, "Doesn't Really Matter," became a number one single. Unfortunately, Jackson's marriage to Elizondo had become strained and the couple divorced in 2000, sparking a court battle over her musical income. Jackson returned with a new album, All for You, in 2001, which largely continued the sensual tone of janet. and The Velvet Rope; it debuted at number one, selling over 600,000 copies in its first week alone. The title track was issued as the album's first single and quickly topped the charts, followed by another sizable hit in "Someone to Call My Lover."

While Jackson spent much of 2001 and 2002 on the road supporting All for You, she also found time for some guest appearances, most notably with Beenie Man on his Tropical Storm LP and Justin Timberlake on Justified. By 2003 she was back in the studio, working once again with Jam and Lewis on tracks for a new album; additional producers included Dallas Austin and Kanye West. Later that year, it was revealed Jackson would take part in an MTV-produced extravaganza during halftime at the Super Bowl. 2004 began with an Internet leak of the upbeat Austin production "Just a Little While." The singer's camp rolled with the punches, offering the track to radio as an authorized digital download, but the buzz this business caused was minuscule in comparison to the nightmare union of free exposure and bad publicity that Jackson's next adventure caused. Appearing at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII as scheduled, Jackson performed "All for You" and "Rhythm Nation" before bringing out surprise guest Timberlake for a duet on his hit "Rock Your Body." But the real surprise came at song's end, when a gesture from Timberlake caused Jackson's costume to tear, exposing her right, pierced breast on live television to hundreds of millions of viewers.

The incident caused furious backpedaling and apologizing from Timberlake, Jackson, the NFL, CBS, and MTV, which swore no previous knowledge of the so-called "wardrobe malfunction," and led to speculation over how Damita Jo -- Jackson's upcoming album and her first in three years -- would be received. But while the controversy gave Jackson both grief and a bit of free advertising, it was also the impetus for a national debate on public indecency. A federal commission was set up to investigate prurience, the FCC enacted tougher crackdowns on TV and radio programs broadcasting questionable content, and suddenly everyone from pundits to politicians to the man in the street had an opinion on Janet Jackson's chest. Later that March, the singer quietly started making the talk show rounds. She was still apologizing for the incident, but she was also promoting Damita Jo, which Virgin issued at the end of the month. Largely considered a disappointment, the album nonetheless sold over two million copies worldwide and earned three Grammy nominations. 20 Y.O. followed two years later, and though it was reviewed more favorably than Damita Jo, it was off the Billboard 200 album chart after 15 weeks. Jermaine Dupri, Jackson's love interest and the executive producer of the album, was so upset over Virgin's lack of support that he left his post as president of Virgin's urban division. Dupri moved to Island, and so did Jackson; in 2008, Jackson released her tenth studio album, Discipline. Allmusic by Steve Huey

Album: Janet Jackson (1982)

01. Say You Do
02. You'll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)
03. Young Love
04. Love and My Best Friend
05. Don't Mess Up This Good Thing
06. Forever Yours
07. The Magic Is Working
08. Come Give Your Love to Me

Album: Dream Street (1984)

01. Don't Stand Another Chance
02. Two to the Power of Love
03. Pretty Boy
04. Dream Street
05. Communication
06. Fast Girls
07. Hold Back the Tears
08. All My Love to You
09. If It Takes All Night

Album: Control (1986)

01. Control
02. Nasty
03. What Have You Done for Me Lately
04. You Can Be Mine
05. The Pleasure Principle
06. When I Think of You
07. He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
08. Let's Wait Awhile
09. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)

Album: Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)

01 Interlude: Pledge
02 Rhythm Nation
03 Interlude: T.V.
04 State of the World
05 Interlude: Race
06 The Knowledge
07 Interlude: Let's Dance
08 Miss You Much
09 Interlude: Come Back
10 Love Will Never Do (Without You)
11 Livin' in a World (They Didn't Make)
12 Alright
13 Interlude: Hey Baby
14 Escapade
15 Interlude: No Acid
16 Black Cat
17 Lonely
18 Come Back to Me
19 Someday Is Tonight
20 Interlude: Livin'... In Complete Darkness

Album: janet (1993)

01 Morning
02 That's the Way Love Goes
03 You Know...
04 You Want This
05 Be a Good Boy...
06 If
07 Back
08 This Time
09 Go on Miss Janet
10 Throb
11 What'll I Do
12 The Lounge
13 Funky Big Band
14 Racism
15 New Agenda
16 Love Pt. 2
17 Because of Love
18 Wind
19 Again
20 Another Lover
21 Where Are You Now
22 Hold on Baby
23 The Body That Loves You
24 Rain
25 Any Time, Any Place
26 Are You Still Up
27 Sweet Dreams / Whoops Now

Album: janet. Remixed (1995)

01. That's The Way Love Goes (CJ FXTC Club Mix)
02. If (Brothers In Rhythm House Mix)
03. Because Of Love (Frankie & David Treat Mix)
04. And On and On
05. Throb (Morales Backyard Mix)
06. You Want This (E-Smoove House Anthem)
07. Any Time, Any Place (CJ's 12' Mix)
08. Where Are You Now (Nellee Hooper Mix)
09. 70s Love Groove
10. What'll I Do (Dave Navarro Mix)
11. Any Time, Any Place (R.Kelly Mix)

Album: Design of a Decade (1995)

01. Runaway
02. What Have You Done for Me Lately
03. Nasty
04. When I Think of You
05. Escapade
06. Miss You Much
07. Love Will Never Do (Without You)
08. Alright
09. Control
10. The Pleasure Principle
11. Black Cat
12. Rhythm Nation
13. That's the Way Love Goes
14. Come Back to Me
15. Let's Wait Awhile
16. Twenty Foreplay

Album: The Velvet Rope (1997)

01. Interlude: Twisted Elegance
02. Velvet Rope
03. You
04. Got 'Til It's Gone
05. Interlude: Speaker Phone
06. My Need
07. Interlude: Fasten Your Seatbelts
08. Go Deep
09. Free Xone
10. Interlude: Memory
11. Together Again
12. Interlude: Online
13. Empty
14. Interlude: Full
15. What About
16. Every Time
17. Tonight's the Night
18. I Get Lonely
19.. Rope Burn
20 Anything
21. Interlude: Sad
22. Special / Can't Be Stopped

Album: All For You (2001)

01. Intro
02. You Ain't Right
03. All for You
04. 2wayforyou
05. Come On Get Up
06. When We Oooo
07. China Love
08. Love Scene (Ooh Baby)
09. Would You Mind
10. Lame
11. Trust a Try
12. Clouds (Interlude)
13. Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You)
14. Truth
15. Theory
16. Someone to Call My Lover
17. Feels So Right
18. Doesn't Really Matter
19. Better Days
20. Outro

Album: Damita Jo (2004)

01. Looking for Love
02. Damita Jo
03. Sexhibition
04. Strawberry Bounce
05. My Baby
06. The Islands
07. Spending Time with You
08. Magic Hour
09. Island Life
10. All Nite (Don't Stop)
11. R&B Junkie
12. I Want You
13. Like You Don't Love Me
14. Thinkin' Bout My Ex
15. Warmth
16. Moist
17. It All Comes Down to Love
18. Truly
19. The One
20. SloLove
21. Country
22. Just a Little While

Album: 20 Y.O (2006)

01. (Intro) 20
02. So Excited
03. Show Me
04. Get It Out Me
05. Do It 2 Me
06. This Body
07. 20 Part 2 (Interlude)
08. With U
09. Call on Me
10. 20 Part 3 (Interlude)
11. Daybreak
12. Enjoy
13. 20 Part 4 (Interlude)
14. Take Care
15. Love 2 Love
16. (Outro) 20 Part 5

Album: Discipline (2008)

01. I.D. (Interlude)
02. Feedback
03. Luv
04. Spinnin (Interlude)
05. Rollercoaster
06. Bathroom Break (Interlude)
07. Rock With U
08. 2nite
09. Can't B Good
10. 4 Words (Interlude)
11. Never Letchu Go
12. Truth Or Dare (Interlude)
13. Greatest X
14. Good Morning Janet (Interlude)
15. So Much Betta
16. Play Selection (Interlude)
17. The 1
18. What's Ur Name
19. The Meaning (Interlude)
20. Discipline
21. Back (Interlude)
22. Curtains

Album: Number Ones (2009)


01. What Have You Done for Me Lately
02. Nasty
03. When I Think of You
04. Control
05. Let's Wait Awhile
06. The Pleasure Principle
07. Diamonds
08. Miss You Much
09. Rhythm Nation
10. Escapade
11. Alright
12. Come Back to Me
13. Black Cat
14. Love Will Never Do (Without You)
15. The Best Things in Life Are Free
16. That's the Way Love Goes


01. If
02. Again
03. Because of Love
04. Any Time, Any Place
05. Scream
06. Runaway
07. Got 'til It's Gone
08. Together Again
09. I Get Lonely
10. Go Deep
11. What's It Gonna Be?!
12. Doesn't Really Matter
13. All for You
14. Someone to Call My Lover
15. All Nite (Don't Stop)
16. Call on Me
17. Feedback
18. Make Me

Album: Icon (2010)

01. What Have You Done For Me Lately
02. Nasty
03. When I Think Of You
04. Miss You Much
05. Escapade
06. Alright
07. That's The Way Love Goes
08. Together Again
09. Doesn't Really Matter
10. All For You
11. Make Me
12. Nothing


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