Alright (Janet Jackson song)

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"Alright"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
A-side "Come Back to Me"
B-side "Come Back to Me" (Spanish version)
Released March 4, 1990
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 1989-90; Flyte Tyme Studios
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
Genre R&B, dance-pop, funk, new jack swing
Length 6:26
Label A&M
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James Brown, Barbara Joyce, Bill Risbrook, Billy Nichols, Carlos Ward, Dennis Rowe, Leslie Ming, Louis Risbrook, Kashif Saleem, Richard Thompson, Samuel Taylor, Terrell Wood, Wesley Hall
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Escapade"
(1990)
"Alright"
(1990)
"Come Back to Me"
(1990)

"Alright" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson for her fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). It was released as the fourth single from the album on March 4, 1990, by A&M Records.

Composition[edit]

"Alright" samples Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think (About It)" and the song's final hook samples B.T. Express' 1974 song "Do You Like It". The song was recorded again in January 1990 with Heavy D for the music video.

Critical reception[edit]

"Alright" earned Jackson two 1991 Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female and Best R&B Song.

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number one on the Hot Dance Club Play. While it was to become the only single of the seven released off the Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 album to not hit the top two on the Billboard Hot 100, it became the fourth consecutive single from the album to reach number one on the dance chart, helping Jackson break a record set by Madonna.

Music video[edit]

The video to the song, which was filmed in February 1990 and was styled to resemble a 1930s and 1950s musical, featured Cyd Charisse, The Nicholas Brothers, and Cab Calloway in one of his last on-screen appearances. Anthony Thomas choreographed the video, with some scenes staged by veteran Hollywood choreographer Michael Kidd.[1] The video begins with Jackson and two male dancers, all wearing flashy zoot suits sitting on a bench. A paperboy throws newspapers on them. They wake up and read the frontpage of the newspaper, from which they learn Calloway is in town for the premiere of his Alright film. Jackson and her dancers take a cross-town journey to the premiere. There, Jackson, her dancers, and Calloway fans wait for Calloway to make his grand entrance. Jackson seemingly envisions herself as Calloway's glamorized female guest, getting pushed to the red carpet. Calloway takes her hand and helps her up. Jackson and her dancers get in Calloway's limo. They arrive at large dance out in the middle of a street. Jackson and her dancers climb on the back of a car and Jackson notices her watch is missing. They get off the car and are sprayed by a street cleaning truck. They sit on the bench. Later that night, Jackson and her dancers are homeless people asleep on the bench—revealing the video to have been a dream. Cab Calloway, in the meantime, walks to the bench and places Jackson's watch in her hand. He sneaks away saying, "Alright". There is also an extended version that features rapper Heavy D. Jackson won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video in 1991.

During MTV's first-ever mtvICON, Usher paid tribute to Jackson by be re-enacting the sidewalk bench routine from the "Alright" music video.

Recently, Chris Brown's video "Yeah 3x" pays tribute to this video.

Live performances[edit]

Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours. In the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour and All for You Tour, Jackson performs the song wearing a Zoot suit. On the Rock Witchu Tour, she wears a sailor suit. On The tour, Number Ones: Up Close and Personal, she wears a black catsuit.

Official versions/remixes[edit]

1990[edit]

  • 7" R&B Mix featuring Heavy D – 4:53
  • 7" R&B Mix - 4:34
  • 12" R&B Mix featuring Heavy D – 7:17
  • 12" R&B Mix - 7:19
  • 7" House Mix featuring Heavy D – 4:59
  • 7" House Mix - 4:21
  • 12" House Mix featuring Heavy D – 8:30
  • 12" House Mix - 7:12
  • Hip Hop Mix Edit featuring Heavy D - 5:11
  • Hip Hop Mix featuring Heavy D – 7:24
  • Hip House Dub – 6:40
  • House Mix Edit - 5:03
  • House Mix – 9:10
  • House Dub – 5:58

1996[edit]

  • CJ Radio – 3:40
  • CJ Extended Mix – 6:32
  • Tee's Club Mix – 6:19
  • Tee's Beats – 3:24

Track listings[edit]

International 7"/Japan 3" CD single/Cassette single
  1. "Alright" (7" R&B Mix)
  2. "Alright" (7" remix)
UK 7" limited edition shaped picture disc
  1. "Alright" (7" House Mix)
  2. "Come Back to Me" (Spanish version)
UK cassette single
  1. "Alright" (House Mix)
  2. "Come Back to Me" (Spanish version)
UK 12" single
  1. "Alright" (Hip Hop Mix)
  2. "Alright" (House Mix)
UK CD maxi
  1. "Alright" (House Mix)
  2. "Alright" (Hip Hop Mix UK edit)
  3. "Alright" (House Mix UK edit)
  4. "Come Back to Me" (Spanish version)
International 12" single
  1. "Alright" (12" R&B Mix) – 7:17
  2. "Alright" (7" R&B Mix) – 4:34
  3. "Alright" (a cappella) – 3:26
  4. "Alright" (12" House Mix) – 8:30
  5. "Alright" (Hip House Dub) – 6:40
  6. "Alright" (House Dub) – 5:58
Japan maxi CD single
  1. "Alright" (7" Remix) – 4:35
  2. "Alright" (7" R&B Mix) – 4:54
  3. "Alright" (7" House Mix) – 4:23
  4. "Alright" (7" House Mix) – 4:59
  5. "Alright" (12" R&B Mix) – 7:20
  6. "Alright" (12" House Mix) – 8:31
  7. "Alright" (House Dub) – 5:58
  8. "Alright" (LP version) – 6:28

Charts[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Heaven" by The Chimes
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 5, 1990 – May 12, 1990
Succeeded by
"Vogue" by Madonna

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tobias, Patricia Eliot (24 December 2007). "Michael Kidd, Choreographer, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Janet in Belgium". MJJ Charts. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Janet Jackson – Alright – swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  4. ^ "RPM weekly magazine". Rpm. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Janet Jackson – Alright". Media Control (in German). Musicline.de. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Chart Stats – Janet Jackson – Alright". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "Rhythm Nation 1814 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Janet in Australia". MJJ Charts. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  10. ^ "RPM Top Singles of 1990". 
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  12. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist="Janet"#

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