Referred to as a "telemusical", the storyline incorporates three separate music videos: "Miss You Much", "The Knowledge", and "Rhythm Nation". Parallel Lines: Media Representations of Dance observed that in Rhythm Nation , Jackson represents a "modern good fairy" attempting to guide troubled youth to a more positive way of life. Each of the three segments serve a different purpose, beginning with affinity and companionship in "Miss You Much", followed by anger and frustration in her rooftop solo and ending with "Rhythm Nation", in which Jackson and her dancers "have become a uniformed, formidable army, whose controlled energetic moves and shouts project a disciplined resolution to inspire others through dance and music.
In selecting an unknown street dancer, Anthony Thomas, to develop her choreography, "Janet Jackson secures a threefold achievement: she satisfies the dictates of the commercial pop music industry by creating a dance image which is significantly different from her earlier work; she demonstrates that, despite fame, she is still in touch with contemporary youth pop culture and its fashions; and finally, she [utilizes], not the dance traditions of Hollywood musical Jefferson Graham in USA Today commented that "she dances up a storm in the moody black-and-white video's three songs Five other music video were produced to promote the album's singles.
While the video for "Black Cat" was taken from live footage of Jackson's concerts, those for "Escapade" and "Alright" utilized a Broadway -influenced production.
The video for "Alright" was an homage to choreographer Michael Kidd , who was asked to participate in the project and also featured appearances by the flash dancing Nicholas Brothers , actress Cyd Charisse and bandleader Cab Calloway. Described as "an elaborately choreographed spectacle", it aimed to recreate the award-winning, innovative music videos of Rhythm Nation and those of its predecessor, Control.
Writing for Time magazine, Jay Cocks observed the show to integrate "sleek high tech and smooth dance rhythm into an evening of snazzy soul with a social conscience. They fill arenas to enjoy a spectacle like what they saw on television—the dancing The tour became the most successful debut concert tour in history, with an attendance of over two million.
Rhythm Nation produced a record-setting seven top five hit singles on the Billboard Hot The single was certified gold by the RIAA. It reached number three in Canada, as well as number one in Japanese airplay and South Africa, and the top twenty in Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It reached number one on January 19, , topping the chart for one week.
It reached number one in Canada and Japanese airplay, and two in South Africa. The album received generally positive reviews, with a mixed reaction to Jackson's social and political themes. She's reached far beyond dance music's fluffy image to unite even serious rockers and rappers who usually look the other way.
Jackson's piping voice, layered upon itself in punchy unisons or lavish harmonies, never cracks or falters. Jackson was also nominated for " Producer of the Year, Non-Classical ", becoming the first woman to be nominated for the award. Contemporary reviews continue to find the album favorable. Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine declared the album a "masterpiece". This was, of course, critical to a project in which Janet assumed the role of mouthpiece for a nationless, multicultural utopia.
It also entered the top ten of Japan and New Zealand, where it was certified double platinum and gold. It reached the top twenty-five of Sweden, as well as the top thirty in the Netherlands and Germany. It also received gold certifications in Switzerland and Hong Kong. The commercial success of Rhythm Nation was an unexpected achievement for mainstream pop music. King is still possible, that the American Dream is a dream for all people. Aside from its commercial performance, the album's composition has continued to receive acclaim for its sonic innovation.
Upon its 25th anniversary, music critic and scholar Joseph Vogel observed that when viewed "as a complete artistic statement, Rhythm Nation was a stunning achievement.
It married the pleasures of pop with the street energy and edge of hip-hop. Jackson's handwritten lyrics to "Rhythm Nation" have been preserved by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 's "Women Who Rock" exhibit, which Kathryn Metz describes as "the perfect platform to talk about song structure" for the museum's "Women Who Rock: Songwriting and Point of View" course, in which students analyze music written by female songwriters.
Sal Cinquemani noted her popularity had eclipsed Michael Jackson's, "as she would continue to do for more than a decade". Regarding her diverse appeal among youth, he also stated: "Janet didn't have the vocal prowess of Whitney Houston, or the poetic subtlety of Kate Bush ; she didn't have Annie Lennox 's penchant for the avant-garde or Madonna's predilection for shock. But none of these artists achieved the cross-racial impact particularly on youth culture of Janet.
And none of them had an album like Rhythm Nation Jackson herself would comment on the album's legacy on her album Unbreakable. In the song "Shoulda Known Better", she reflects on her optimistic wish that Rhythm Nation could have profoundly changed the world, noting that there are many, deeper issues to fix and that broad strokes aren't enough.
I'm going to lead the revolution! The same problems still exist but there's a different way to go about tackling it. It still involves mobilising people, but I can't do it by myself. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Janet Jackson. The hard rock song "Black Cat" was a notable departure from Jackson's usual sound.
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You have to try something you've never done, in fear of looking like something you've already created. While developing its concept, Jackson's record label attempted to persuade her against filming the video, feeling as if it didn't have mainstream appeal. Upon her insistence, it became "the most far-reaching single project the company has ever attempted.
On the Rhythm Nation Tour , Jackson's performance was described as "a wedge of hard-driving bodies moves like a robot battalion in precision drill. They shoot out abruptly to the sides, then kick into jazz spins and bouncing splits to the floor. There are sedate pelvic jerks and a swiveling turn on a toe, trotting runs and purposeful syncopated walks.
But essentially these are bodies rooted into the floor, taut yet alive in the way of a boxer edgily biding his time in the ring. World Tour was aired on MTV. The Velvet Rope Tour was reported to feature "the characteristic, Russian-style military suit she wore in the video, corresponding with the song's rigid, robotic dance movements. Jackson moved from the personal to the communal, summoning the staccato funk and calls for collective action of 'Rhythm Nation'.
Suddenly, the number of onstage dancers more than doubled, all moving in sync". Its music video has also been considered among the most influential in popular culture. Rolling Stone observed it to "set the template for hundreds of videos to come in the Nineties and aughts", with Entertainment Weekly also declaring it "groundbreaking", in addition to "striking, timeless and instantly recognizable.
Williams ,  and Elizabeth Mathis have studied its music video, with Mathis notably using its choreography during a scene in Tron: Legacy. Aylin Zatar of BuzzFeed remarked, "She also basically pioneered the dancing in a warehouse, post-apocalyptic, industrial setting video. Jackson to thank. Japanese singer Crystal Kay performed a Japanese rendition of the song for the Japanese version of the film.
The Stereo Hogzz performed a live rendition and replicated its choreography during the first season of The X Factor. Filipino singer Jaya included a live cover on the album Jaya Live at the Araneta. The song is performed at Las Vegas ' Legends in Concert series.
The hand-written lyrics to "Rhythm Nation" and the music video's outfit are included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 's "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit, with its lyrics also used in the museum's course on feminist songwriters. Jackson commented, "When I first proposed a socially conscious concept, there were voices of doubt.
But the more I thought about it, the more committed I became, I no longer had a choice. The creativity took over, "Rhythm Nation" came alive. I saw that a higher power was at work. Music called it "revolutionary" and "militaristic. But if you've got somebody on the fence, and they're at that point when they're either going to go one way or another, then a little nudge in that direction ain't gonna hurt. And it's cool to do that. It's cool to do that and have a hit.
Slant Magazine ranked it among the best singles of the s, saying, "the music is militant and regimented, with beats that fire like artillery juxtaposed with the typically thin-voiced Janet's unbridled vocal performance. And that's not even mentioning the incredible video. Jackson founded the "Rhythm Nation Scholarship", assisting students in meeting their academic goals. The monetary award is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement or have been actively involved within their school or community.
In response to a critic who said her socially conscious lyrics could accomplish "nothing", Jackson invited two high school graduates to the stage, who both had previously credited the song and its music video as the motivation for staying in school. US promo CD . Canadian cassette single, European 7-inch single, and Japanese mini-CD single   . Canadian and European inch single  . UK CD single . UK inch single . UK cassette single . European CD single . Japanese CD maxi-single .
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song. For the album, see Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation We have so little time to solve these problems. I want people to realize the urgency. I want to grab their attention.
Music is my way of doing that. It's okay to have fun — I want to be certain that point is clear. I have fun. Dancing is fun. Dancing is healthy. It pleases me when the kids say my stuff is kickin', but it pleases me even more when they listen to the lyrics.
The lyrics mean so much to me. Jackson speaks of racial harmony and gender equality. Main article: Rhythm Nation music video. The song exhorts social change in the face of injustice, using music — and by extension, rhythm — as a unifying tool.
It's the perfect platform to talk about song structure verse, chorus, bridge, etc. More important, "Rhythm Nation" provides a unique point of view from which to draw conclusions about its author and her era. Through words and deeds, Janet has set an example of generosity, of empowerment, of tolerance, while leading an array of efforts addressing some of society's greatest challenges.
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Ciara and Tinashe , at the least, would be forever altered. This would thrust her career into an adult sensuality—by , at 27, she would be posing topless on the cover of Rolling Stone. The melody was forward-looking and comforting, a love song and with more swing and the synth horns that signified a kind of aspiration among an orchestra of agreeance.
She sang:. That some dismissive critics then thought the politics were separable from the love songs was an incorrect reading. She was fully growing into herself as a human, exploring her internal territory and reconciling it with the world outside, while pushing herself musically more than ever. She threw down a slinky, sexy snarl over a rock guitar shred that was also wildly jiggy, making an unlikely dive-bar banger that spoke to both gang members and the wronged women who loved them.