Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)

RN 1814

Recording sessions : September 1988-May 1989

Studios : Flyte Tyme, Edina studio

Label : A&M Records

Release date : September 19, 1989

Peak on Billboard 200 : 1

ORIGINAL TRACK LISTING

“Interlude: Pledge”
“Rhythm Nation”
“Interlude: T.V.”
“State of the World”
“Interlude: Race”
“The Knowledge”
“Interlude: Let’s Dance”
“Miss You Much”
“Interlude: Come Back”
“Love Will Never Do (Without You)”
“Livin’ in a World (They Didn’t Make)”
“Alright”
“Interlude: Hey Baby”
“Escapade”
“Interlude: No Acid”
“Black Cat”
“Lonely”
“Come Back to Me”
“Someday Is Tonight”
“Interlude: Livin’…In Complete Darkness”

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS*

*Worked by Janet during her lifetime. Covers and remixes by other artists are not included.

Vuelve A Mi : Spanish version of “Come Back To Me”. Released in 1990 (B side of “Come Back to Me” single)

Alright (R&B Mix) : Mix featuring rap by Heavy D from the ‘Alright” short film. Released in 1990 (B side of “Alright” single)

OUTTAKES FROM THE ALBUM RECORDING SESSIONS

The Skin Game : Released in 1990 (B side of “Come Back To Me” single)

You Need Me : Released in 1989 (B side of “Miss You Much” single)

Work : Posted by Bryan Loren on his MySpace page in July 2009 but remains unreleased.

OTHER SONGS FROM THIS ERA

2300 Jackson Street : Background vocals recorded in 1989 and released in 1989 (The Jackson “2300 Jackson Street”)

Singles and videos

1st single : Miss You Much Released August 22, 1989

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Music video directed by Dominic Sena

Date of shooting : May 1989

Date of premiere : September 19, 1989

2nd single : Rhythm Nation Released October 24, 1989

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 2

Music video directed by Dominic Sena

Date of shooting : May 1989

Date of premiere : September 19, 1989

Official release : on VHS in 1989 (Rhythm Nation 1814). Never released on DVD. Not on Janet’s You Tube official page.

The videos for Miss You Much and Rhythm Nation are both released on VHS in 1990 (the Rhythm Nation Compilation), on DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). Also on Janet’s You Tube official page.

3rd single : “Escapade” Released on January 8, 1990

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Directed by : Peter Smillie

Date of shooting : October 1989

Date of premiere : January 1990

Official release : on VHS in 1990 (the Rhythm Nation Compilation), 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 : “Alright” Released on March 4, 1990

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 4

Music video directed by : Julien Temple

Date of shooting : February 1990

Date of premiere : April 1990

Official release : Extended version on VHS in 1990 (the Rhythm Nation Compilation). Shorter version 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 : “Come Back To Me” Released on June 18, 1990

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 2

Directed by : Dominic Sena

Date of shooting : November 1989 in Paris

Date of premiere : June 1990

Official release : On VHS in 1990 (the Rhythm Nation Compilation). 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 : “Black Cat” Released on August 28, 1990

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Music video directed by : Wayne Isham

Date of shooting : April 5, 1990

Date of premiere : August 1990

Official release : On VHS in 1990 (the Rhythm Nation Compilation). 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 : “Love Will Never Do” Released on October 2, 1990

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Music video directed by : Herb Ritts

Date of shooting : September 13, 1990

Date of premiere : November 1990

Official release : On VHS in 1990 (the Rhythm Nation Compilation). On DVD in 1995 (Design of a Decade) and in 2004 (From Janet to Damita Jo). Not on Janet’s You Tube official page.

8th single : “State Of The World” Released on February 6, 1991 (only in Canada and Australia)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : ineligible to chart

No music video

Concerts

Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990

Previous era : Control

Next era : Janet

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