“Control” (1986)

Control

Recording sessions : August-October 1985

Studios : Flyte Tyme Productions in Minneapolis.

Label : A&M Records

Release date : February 4, 1986

Original track listing

“Control”
“Nasty”
“What Have You Done for Me Lately”
“You Can Be Mine”
“The Pleasure Principle”
“When I Think of You”
“He Doesn’t Know I’m Alive”
“Let’s Wait Awhile”
“Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)”

Peak on Billboard 200 : 1

Demos/Alternate Versions/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

Control (Video Mix) : Released in 1987 (Control : The Remixes)

Others songs from this era

Baby Sister : Background vocals. Released in 1986 (Latoya Jackson “Imagination”)

Diamonds : Lead vocals. Released in 1987 (Herb Alpert “Keep Your Eye On Me”.

Making Love In The Rain : Background vocals. Released in 1987 (Herb Alpert “Keep Your Eye On Me”.

Singles and short films

1st single : What Have You Done For Me Lately (released on January 13, 1986)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 4

Short film directed by Brian Jones and Piers Ashworth

Date of shooting : December 1985

Date of premiere : February 17, 1986

Official release : on VHS in 1986 (Control : The Videos), on DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). On Janet’s You Tube official page.

2nd single : Nasty Released April 15, 1986

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 3

Video directed by : Mary Lambert

Date of shooting : January 1986

Date of premiere : May 1986

Official release : on VHS in 1986 (Control : The Videos), on DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). Not on Janet’s You Tube official page.

3rd single : When I Think Of You Released July 28, 1986

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Music video directed by : Julien Temple

Date of shooting : March 1986

Date of premiere : August 1986

Official release : on VHS in 1986 (Control : The Videos), on DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). On Janet’s You Tube official page.

4th single : Control Released October 28, 1986

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 5

Music video directed by : Mary Lambert

Date of shooting : September 1986

Date of premiere : November 1986

Official release : on VHS in 1986 (Control : The Videos), on DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). On Janet’s You Tube official page.

5th single : Let’s Wait Awhile Released January 6, 1987

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 2

Music video directed by : Dominic Sena

Date of shooting : December 1986

Date of premiere : February 1987

Official release : on VHS in 1987 (Control : The Videos Part 2), on DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). On Janet’s You Tube official page.

6th single : The Pleasure Principle Released May 12, 1987

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 14

Music video directed by : Dominic Sena

Date of shooting : March 1987

Date of premiere : June 1, 1987

Official release : on VHS in 1987 (Control : The Videos), on DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). On Janet’s You Tube official page.

7th single : Funny How Time Flies Released November 25, 1987 (only in the UK)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : not eligible

No music video

Promotion (TV performances/Award Shows/magazine covers etc.)

January 27, 1986 :  Janet makes her first public appearance with her new boyfriend Rene Elizondo Jr at the the American Music Awards ceremony. Michael, Katherine, LaToya, Rebbie & Janet also attend the ceremony. Rebbie, Janet & LaToya present awards. For the show’s conclusion, Michael joins many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya to sing “We Are The World”.

February 4, 1986 : The album “Control” is released and becomes a huge success peaking at #1 on Billboard 200 . Janet gives many TV, Radio & magazine interviews to promote the album.

March 13, 1986 : Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on American Bandstand.

March 29, 1986 : In Los Angeles, Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on The Soul Train Show.

March 31, 1986 : Janet appears on the cover of Jet magazine.

April 11 , 1986 : Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on The Solid Soul Show.

May 2, 1986 : Janet performs “What Have You Done For Me Lately” on Solid Gold.

May 24, 1986 : Janet is on the cover of UK’s NME magazine.

September 1986 : Janet is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

September 5, 1986 : Janet attends the MTV Video Music Awards with Rene where she presents an award.

September 10, 1986 : Janet & Rene are on a promotional tour in Toronto, Canada.

November 1986 : Janet goes to Europe with Rene & Anthony Thomas for a promotional tour :

-London (England) : they tape a performance of “Control” on Top Of The Pops

-Paris (France) : they tape a performance of “Nasty” on TF1 (aired on November 17)

-Amsterdam : they tape a performance of “Control” on Dutch TV show Top Pop

-Madrid (Spain) : they tape a performance of “When I Think Of You” & Nasty at TVE Studios (aired on December 17)

-Berlin (Germany) : they tape a performance of “Control” on at TV Puls (aired on November 20)

-Italy : Janet gives an interview

Hilversum (Netherlands) : they tape “Control” & “When I Think Of You” on Countdown Cafe (aired on November 18)

Back in the US Janet performs “Control “on the Soul Train Show.

December 31, 1986 : Janet performs “Control” on New Years Simulcast 1986-87 from Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, London. She is live from Tokyo. LaToya performs on the same show her duet “Yes I’m Ready” with Jed. Janet & LaToya are briefly interviewed together on the show.

January  06, 1987 : Janet is on the cover of Spin Magazine.

January 22, 1987 : Janet performs “Control” and “Nasty” during the halftime of Ice Capades skating show at the Madison Square Garden in NYC. While in New York, she takes her dancers to the Studio 54.

January 26, 1987 : Janet attends the American Music Awards ceremony with Rene where she performs “Control” and wins two awards.

February 1, 1987 : Janet is a guest on US radio show HITLINE USA.

February 24, 1987 :  Janet attends the 29th Annual Grammy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California where she performs a medley performance of  “What Have You Done For Me Lately ” and “Nasty” featuring Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam. Later she watches the delay broadcast ay Hayvenhurst with family and friends.

March 1987 : Janet accepts an award in a pre recorded video message taped in New York City during the filming of the “Let’s Wait Awhile” video during the 4th Annual Black Gold Awards.

Janet is on the cover of Jet magazine.

March 23, 1987 :  Janet attends the Soul Train Awards with Rene where she wins an award for “Control”.

March 26, 1987 : Janet performs “Let’s Wait Awhile” on British TV show Top Of The Pops (taped in London).

March 30, 1987 : Janet performs “Let’s Wait Awhile” at Yoru no Hit Sutajio in Tokyo, Japan.

August 17, 1987 :  Janet is on the cover of Jet magazine with a story on a party hosted by A&M in Beverly Hills with Terry Lewis & Jimmy Jam to celebrate the Control album getting platinum.

December 20, 1987 : Janet & Rene attend the 20th NAACP Image Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles (the ceremony airs on January 15, 1988).

January 30, 1988 : Katherine, Joe, Janet & Rene attend the American Cinema Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California where Janet is presented with an award.

 

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