She may be the youngest in the royal Jackson clan, but that doesn't mean Janet Jackson hasn't been working just as long and hard as her famous siblings.
She first appeared in the spotlight on her family's variety show, The Jacksons, in the late 70s and through acting roles in shows like Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes and Fame in the 80s. From there though, Miss Jackson (if you're nasty) went on to become one of pop and R&B's biggest female icons.
Just recently, her loyals fans have started an online petition to have her inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (she didn't make the list this year) with some speculating that her 2004 Super Bowl nip-slip controversy may be the reason she has been snubbed. In any case, we still heart Janet. Check out her hits from the last three decades below.
Though her first record deal was in 1982 with a self-titled album, her musical career didn't truly ignite until the success of her third album, Control, in 1986 with legendary songwriters and music producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Hits like “Control,” "What Have You Done For Me Lately," "Nasty" and "When I Think of You" made this a Grammy nominated album. The release was an edgier artistic departure, and really announced her arrival as a musical force to be reckoned with. Not too shabby for a girl who was only 19 at the time of this release!
Jackson continued to develop her edge with her next album, Rhythm Nation 1814, in 1989. This year marks the album’s 25th anniversary. The title track has an epic music video commenting on race issues. Other hit singles off this album: "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)." Taking on social issues in her lyrics and showing a more mature, sexier image like in the video for "Love Will Never Do," Rhythm Nation 1814 was a coming of age album for Jackson.
By the time her fifth album, janet., came out in 1993, Jackson was a full on sex symbol. She earned a Grammy for her uber-sensual single, "That's The Way Love Goes," and charted with other romantic, emotional songs like "If," "Again" and "Any time, Any Place." The song "Again" was written for Jackson's first film role in Poetic Justice, which received Golden Globe and Oscar nods.
Noteworthy around this time in 1995, Janet collaborated with her famous brother Michael Jackson on the song, "Scream," on his album HIStory. The song’s video made it into the Guiness Book of World Records as the “most expensive music video ever made,” costing $7 million!
“Together Again” became the singer’s eighth #1 single on the Billboard 100 from her album, The Velvet Rope. The lyrics spoke out against homophobia and won her a GLAAD Media Award.
Jackson collaborated with Nelly on her single, “Call On Me,” from her album, 20 Y.O. in 2006. The title references the 20 year anniversary of her seminal album, Control.
In 2008, she released “Rock With U” off of her album Discipline. Thought it wasn’t a huge hit, the song’s message hit home with gay rights activists as the song promoted equal rights for the LGBT community. Discipline was her last studio album release, but we hope that Miss Jackson comes back soon with another.
Artists (probably) influenced by Janet Jackson: Rihanna, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Robyn, Alicia Keys
About the author: Jin Moon has been affectionately writing about music and the arts since 2002 on her blog, Jinners.com. She also currently runs her own agency, On the Moon Arts. Tweet salutations to @jinners.
This month, the ATL will play host to the Music Midtown Festival, featuring the likes of Eminem, Zach Brown Band, John Mayer and Jack White.
The acts are as varied as this city’s musical history. Atlanta has long been hailed as the capital of hip-hop, but it also boasts a huge country scene. The indie and folk-rock scenes thrive here, but it’s just as renowned for its classical and gospel music scene.
In a city with such an eclectic assembly of sound, trying to find a common denominator can be tough. But one thing all the genres have in common is that no matter the music, there’s a place in the ATL to hear it live. With spectacular weather most of the year, this city hosts outdoor festivals nearly every weekend, and there are also plenty of storied music venues that launched the careers of some legendary acts.
So who are some of the ATL’s favorite native sons and daughters? A few notables:
The Indigo Girls - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers first met in grade school in Decatur, and began singing together in high school. They later attended Emory University and played acoustic duos at local clubs at night, while attending classes during the day.
OutKast - André “André 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton first met at Lenox Square shopping center when both were 16 and attended Tri-Cities High School together. They signed with LaFace Records, formed by Atlanta duo Antonio “L.A” Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
The Black Crowes - Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson formed the band while in high school in Marietta.
R.E.M. - Up the road in Athens, four UGA students came together to and played their first show for a friend’s birthday party in a converted Episcopal Church.
T.I. - He grew up in Bankhead, and began rapping at 8 years old.
Gladys Knight - She won the Original Amateur Hour TV contest at age 7, then later went on to form the Pips with her brother, sister and cousins.
Autumn means a deluge of "serious" movies, new episodes returning to network TV, various Fashion Weeks, and - arguably more than ever - blockbuster season for new music. Perhaps due to the rise of festival culture in North America and the high stakes of summer tours, recent summers have been relatively light for key releases. In the current climate you have extremes of album launch tactics, from Drake's in-song announcement of an unrecorded album nearly a year away from release, to Beyonce's stunning instant release anti-campaign (U2's recent innovative / invasive approach seems to have been received more coolly).
Here are a few of the highly anticipated event albums expected in 2014's fourth quarter.
Aphex Twin – Syro (September 19th)
The veteran of conceptual dance music comes back after 13 years, a move that was announced creatively enough via a blimp over London.
Jessie Ware – Tough Love (October 6th)
A year after the release of the single "Tough Love", the singer releases its parent album, her second full-length, with assists from Dev Hynes, Romy Madley-Croft, and Julio Bashmore.
Caribou – Our Love (October 7th)
After a well-received experiment as Daphne in 2013, Dan Snaith returns to the Caribou moniker. If the album splits the difference between headphone and dance floor listening like past releases, it should be a highlight of the season.
Charli XCX – Sucker (October 21st)
With a number one single now under her belt (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”), it will be interesting to see where Charli’s quirky, over-the-top pop goes next.
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint (November 24th)
The significance of this album has already been frantically speculated on and debated months prior to its release. "Pills and Potions" and "Anaconda" have performed well, but will this be the album where Nicki meshes her pop and purest hip-hop sides cohesively?
Here are some more albums to watch for this Fall:
Jeremih - Late Nights (The Album) (October 7th)
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V (October 28th)
TV On The Radio - Seeds (November 18th)
About the author: Luke Bradley is an arts and culture writer living in Toronto. He's written for The Classical Magazine, Esquire.com, Myspace, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag and This Recording. Tweet to him @Sloganear.
From the underground to the inescapable, our roundup of new music that must be heard.
Album: Ryan Adams and1984 - Ryan Adams
For a rocker with a long history of reckless behavior in Lower Manhattan and on the road, Ryan Adams has plotted his career meticulously, cultivating separate--and frequently antagonistic--fanbases in the indie and roots-rock realms. Like a guy with a girl in every town, he’s dodged major conflict with both camps by making sure they never meet. Nowadays he’s sober, living the good life at his studio in L.A., and seemingly as conflicted (and prolific) as ever, releasing two records this week -- Ryan Adams and 1984 -- that only further the defining tensions of his music. Single “Gimme Something Good” from Ryan Adams, is squarely--if somewhat ironically--aimed at the rockin’ dad crowd that pays Adams’ mortgage, while “Push It Away,” from 1984, taps into the compact aggression of indie saints Husker Du and early Replacements. Fans everywhere will be happy enough, and critics will have no problem diagramming Adams’ influences, but as usual, we know more about his record collection than the man himself.
Track: ”Headbanger” - King Tuff
L.A. rocker King Tuff always knows how to cheer us up, and the hook of new single “Headbanger” offers the best advice yet: “Bang your head.” If your love for this group goes to 11, keep bangin’ til the new record, Black Moon Spell, drops September 23.
Track: “Castigadas en el Granero” - Deers
If you don’t overdose on the cuteness of their sound and presentation, you’ll find Madrid girl group Deers a breezy addition to the garage-pop wave. New single “Castigadas en el Granero”--just the band’s third released recording--has a one-take rawness that supplies a slightly sinister edge to the girls’ sweet early-60s harmonies.
Track: “Hanging from the Chandelier” - Dark Blue
Conventional wisdom locates Philadelphia in the southern reaches of Springsteen Country--a metropolitan wasteland where bearded, flannel-clad dreamers cavort around trashcan fires and talk wistfully about getting their union cards. And to some extent, the emergence of Kurt Vile and his infinite clones bears that out. But there’s also a natural drama to the city, a haunted vibe that wears well on the old buildings and, in the right light, makes it a passable substitute for Manchester or even London. This is the world of Philly “supergroup” Dark Blue, headed by local malcontent John Sharkey, who imports Factory-style despair to his equally gloomy hometown. New single “Hanging from the Chandelier,” available to stream on Soundcloud, will be catnip for Britpop fans while also resonating with anyone who’s spent Halloween in a Northern Liberties brownstone.
About the author: Spencer Shawcross is a freelance writer in San Francisco. He hearts the TL and its many music venues.
Whether you're a born and raised local or a lost Bay Area transplant looking to find the best tunes in the city, we've picked out this week's best live shows in our home town of San Francisco for you to check out.
Vulfpeck at Brick & Mortar (Monday)
Earlier this year, the LA funk outfit released a entire album of silence on Spotify and asked people to listen to it while they slept in an effort to rank up royalty income to fund a tour. The result? Their entire Sleepify Tour is completely free, including tonight in the Mission. Though the trick is clever enough by itself to warrant your attendance, the group does make some groovy music. They also just released their fourth set of songs since 2011.
Hand crafted English electro-pop headlines Popscene this week, supported by LA newcomers and, recent Republic signing, Sheppard from Australia. Dear Boy gained some traction in the blogosphere last year for their track "Oh So Quiet" and have since dropped a new EP and made a few well received trips to the Bay. Fenech-Soler have been around for a few years now and manage to continue creating explosive songs drum up thoughts of mild seizure-like dancing that will become out of your control.
San Diego folk rockers The Silent Comedy bring on their whiskey soaked rock that would have been primed to soundtrack any worthy wild west duel. Even if this is not your style, go just to bask in the glory of that mustache. You may have seen Fresno's Strange Vine and their psych meets blues combo share a local stage with The Soft White Sixties. A full rock and roll bill is topped off with the city's own Down & Outlaws who know the ins and outs of this spot, giving them home field advantage in laying down a full set of raw blues rock.
Beck at The Masonic (Friday)
In case you needed a new reason to go witness Beck, being a part of the re-opening of a massive San Francisco concert venue should do the trick. Supporting his latest, Morning Phase, it's highly likely your old favorites (whether Sea Change quiet or Odelay loud) will make an appearance alongside new standouts like Blue Moon and Heart is a Drum. The Nob Hill theater will be at its most spotless with a new stage and sound system, which allows you to bring just over 3,000 of your friends so go crazy.
Cap off the week with a night of rock and pop headed by three front women hailing from the entire length of the Bay. Starover Blue (formerly Cartoon Bar Fight) is a 5-piece formed out of San Jose State combining both folk and indie rock. Survival Guide comes down from Petaluma after taking the stage at First City Fest and sets of shows with Travis Hayes. As local as it gets, The Y Axes have ramped up the number of shows they have been playing, even further refining their quirky intergalactic pop. Their video for Neon Street about sums this up.
About Mike: Habitual Bay Area show-hopper and new music junkie. Currently Artist Relations at DeliRadio and occasional DJ at KALX. Follow the music based ramblings on Twitter.
Music from this week that channels your feelings and speakers from 0-100 like the famous words from your boy, Drake.
“Polo Tee” - Eyedress
There is no doubt the legendary DJ Rashad’s passing from earlier this year affected people around the world. While there are many tributes and tracks dedicated to Teklife’s founder, Filipino experimental pop artist Eyedress ventured into the footwork territory and crafted a track ghetto housing those collared golf shirts that are making a comeback into the club scene called “Polo Tee."
“Difficulties” - Ryan Hemsworth ft. Trim
As a track on DJ Oneman’s Solitare Vol. 3 mixtape coming out in September 29th, “Difficulties” is the alliance of Internet’s favorite sensitive music curator Ryan Hemsworth and London Grime MC Trim. Their result is a three-minute bittersweet moment of self realization and a brilliant combination of emphatic wordplay and beautiful pacifying beats.
“Try Me” - Dej Loaf ft. Wiz Khalifa
Coming up quickly from Detroit’s hip hop scene is rapper Dej Loaf and on Wiz Khalifa’s 27th birthday (Tuesday night), he threw in a verse to her original song titled “Try Me." With rumors of Drake potentially remixing this track, check out Khalifa’s smooth contributions to “this new gangsta music.” according to a Soundcloud comment.
“Black Widow” (Darq E Freaker Remix) - Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora
Australian superstar Iggy Azalea recently put out a mix pack of “Black Widow," a fierce collaboration with Rita Ora from The New Classic album. Three engineers worked on the remixes for “Black Widow” and one of them is from London producer Darq E Freaker who's worked with Danny Brown in the past. Freaker contaminated the track with raging dance music filth with fun synthetic warps in and out -- a club appreciated turn up.
About the author: Briana Cheng has a lot of feelings that she sometimes writes about but mostly she takes twitter screenshots of online dating apps, follow her @banacrisp.