Doesn't Really Matter
|"Doesn't Really Matter"|
|Single by Janet|
|from the album Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Soundtrack and All for You|
|Released||May 27, 2000|
|Length||4:18 (radio edit)
4:58 (soundtrack version)
4:25 ("All for You" version)
|Janet singles chronology|
"Doesn't Really Matter" is a song recorded by American entertainer Janet Jackson for the soundtrack to the film, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. It was written and produced by Jackson and Jam & Lewis. The song was released on May 27, 2000, after an unfinished version was leaked to radio. "Doesn't Really Matter" is a dance pop song which speaks about loving a person for who they are and disregarding their physical appearance. It was based on an incomplete poem Jackson had written, which was later applied to her character in the film. The song was considered a contrast from the bleak tone of prior album The Velvet Rope, returning to a brighter and more contemporary sound.
"Doesn't Really Matter" received positive reception, being called "impossibly catchy" and "classic pop." The song became Jackson's ninth number one in the United States and stayed atop the chart for three weeks, making Jackson the first artist to have a number one hit in three decades. It was Jackson's twenty-first single to be certified, which ranked Jackson as the second most successful female artist with the most certified singles. The song fared well internationally, reaching number five in the United Kingdom and number two on the country's R&B chart, within the top ten in Italy and Denmark, and became a number one airplay hit in Japan. It attained a silver certification in the United Kingdom, garnering BMI Pop Awards for "Most Played Song" and "Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture," and a Japan Gold Disc Award for "Top Selling Song of the Year" by an international artist. It also allowed Jam & Lewis to receive a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year.
The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, resembled an abstract, futuristic environment based on Japanese culture. It featured advanced technology, morphing clothes, and a dance sequence on a levitating platform. The video had a reported cost of over $2.5 million, being one of the most expensive music videos of all time. It received multiple accolades, including "Outstanding Music Video" and "Most Stylish Music Video" at the VH1 Fashion Awards. The song was performed on Top of the Pops and the MTV Video Music Awards, with the latter regarded as one of the leading performances of Jackson's career.
A slightly modified version of the song appeared on Jackson's seventh studio album, All for You. "Doesn't Really Matter" was considered to influence subsequent videos from Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, and Cassie. The video was the first by director Joseph Kahn to feature Japanese themes and imagery, which he later used frequently following its popularity. Actress Jenna Dewan made one of her debut appearances as a dancer in the video, crediting Jackson for the experience and platform to star in the dance film Step Up. Rihanna's "Watch n' Learn" was likened to the song, and it was also covered by Japanese singer Hitomi Shimatani as "Papillon."
- 1 Background
- 2 Critical reception
- 3 Commercial performance
- 4 Music video
- 5 Live performances
- 6 Influence
- 7 Covers and usage in popular culture
- 8 Track listings
- 9 Official versions
- 10 Awards and nominations
- 11 Charts
- 12 References
- 13 External links
"Doesn't Really Matter" was written and produced by Jackson and Jam & Lewis as the theme for the Universal Pictures film The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, which starred Jackson and actor Eddie Murphy. Jackson portrays Professor Denise Gaines in the film, the love interest of Sherman Klump, one of many characters portrayed by Murphy. Jackson received a minimum upfront payment of three million dollars for accepting the role, and an additional one million to record the movie's theme. The song was Jackson's second single for a film, following "Again," used in Poetic Justice, and preceding "Nothing," recorded for Why Did I Get Married Too?.
The song's initial concept was based on a lyric draft Jackson had written and discovered, which she thought would be suitable for the film's theme. Jackson stated "it really tells you about the movie and how it doesn't matter what is on the exterior, but the interior. His heart, his soul, that really matters to me. That's what I'm in love with, that's what matters to me the most, and it doesn't matter what other people say." Following its release, Jackson stated "I really liked that song a lot," adding it was "fun" and "a good summer song." Jackson asserted feeling unsure how the song would fare with audiences, but was pleased with its success. "You never really know what people will think. I thought it would be a good summer song, but I didn't think it would be the hit that it was." An unmastered version leaked and received airplay ahead of its scheduled release, followed by a positive response from both critics and fans. Several radio stations created their own edits until the official version was released, prompting producer Jimmy Jam to exclaim "That's wonderful, because it means radio is excited about it." The song's success was likened to Jackson's return to a more positive and upbeat style in comparison to the bleak aura of The Velvet Rope, saying "In the history of Janet, the records that are the happy records, that make people smile, have always traditionally been the more successful records, going back as far to songs like 'When I Think of You' to 'Doesn't Really Matter.'"
The decision to star in the film and release the single was considered "the pop star's latest savvy step in a career that's a study in smart moves," continuing to release music that will "keep her youthful fans on the dance floor" while also devoting time to her film career. In a brief synopsis, Broadcast Music, Inc. stated "According to pop music convention, Janet Jackson should be starting her descent from superstardom. After all, the singer has been tanning in the global spotlight for over 20 years, and a new breed of divas has emerged to challenge her dance-floor reign. But music lovers continue to be mesmerized by the talented "Miss Janet." In an impressive demonstration of her enduring appeal, Janet recently staged a chart-topping coup with her latest single, "Doesn't Really Matter." Culled from the hit movie The Nutty Professor 2, the song has become Janet's ninth number one single. Moreover, the singer received thumbs-up reviews for her supporting role in the Eddie Murphy comedy."
"Doesn't Really Matter" was considered ineligible for an Academy Award nomination, due to it being used throughout the film and during the film's credits, also being released during a time when emphasis was placed on songs used in animated films. The song was included on various compilations, including Now That's What I Call Music! 5, and was later featured on Jackson's second hits compilation Number Ones.
Several years after receiving favorable reception for her role in Poetic Justice, Jackson decided to attempt a romantic comedy. Jackson had previously been offered leading roles in The Matrix, X-Men, and Jerry McGuire, but was unable to accept each due to touring, leading Jackson to audition for The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps with director Peter Segal. Jackson was cast as Professor Denise Gaines opposite Eddie Murphy. Upon being asked to contribute a single, Jackson said she would consider the idea if she found an appropriate song. The film's producers were eager for Jackson's contribution, but had initially not approached her regarding fears of rejection, leading Jackson to initiate. "Being a fan of the first soundtrack, I offered. I wanted to be a part of this one, and they were very excited. They said they wanted to ask me, but didn't know how to approach me. So it all worked out, and they seemed to be very pleased with the video and the song."
Janet sings of unconditional love and disregarding physical appearance in the upbeat dance pop single.
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Segal brought a rough cut of the film to Flyte Tyme Studios in April, where Jackson had recently began recording her seventh studio album All for You. Jam recalled, "he played it for us so we could get an idea of what it was. It was a fun movie but a very believable love story. He said, 'Now that you've seen the film, if you'd like to do a song for it, that'd be great.'" Segal told Jackson she was an exceptional actress after becoming convinced she truly loved Murphy's character, leading Jackson to suggest the idea of writing a traditional uptempo love song rather than a ballad.
The initial lyric draft of "Doesn't Really Matter" was based on a poem Jackson had began writing and found in a notebook. Jackson's original lyrics were kept intact, although its structure was altered multiple times. Jam commented "The lyrical idea for 'Doesn't Really Matter' is totally hers, but the music and melody was something I had done with one of our drum programmers, Alex Richburg. I thought of it as a slow melody, but we sped it up. I gave Janet the tape. She was [initially] totally underwhelmed by it." Due to the deadline for the song's inclusion approaching, Janet wrote the remaining lyrics overnight. "We ended up with two different choruses," said Jam. "I wrote, 'Nutty, nutty, nutty, my love for you.' and she wrote 'Doesn't really matter.' I always think it's cool if you can somehow work the title of the movie in, but you don't want it to be forced. The 'Doesn't really matter' chorus was better but she liked 'Nutty, nutty, nutty' and said we should put it at the end of the song." Three days prior to the cutoff date, Jackson presented three potential songs including "Doesn't Really Matter" and an early version of "Feels So Right," which was later released on All for You. Segal decided "Doesn't Really Matter" was a better lyrical fit and considered it a "summertime record."
A slightly modified version of "Doesn't Really Matter" was later included on All for You. The second version features an alternate introduction and an instrumental breakdown using elements from the song's remix by Rockwilder. "We thought it would be cool to use the version she performed at the MTV Awards the year before the album came out, just to make it a little bit different," said Jam. "Doesn't Really Matter" paved the way for the album's theme, with Jam stating “Now once again she was focused and ready and excited about making an album... "All For You" and "Someone to Call My Lover" and all those songs came off the energy of "Doesn’t Really Matter." It’s important for her to be involved in the process, because her energy is such an important part of it."
In "Doesn't Really Matter", Jackson speaks of looking past physical appearance, choosing to love the person inside. Using a vocal falsetto, Jackson assures her significant other, "[It] doesn’t really matter what the eye is seeing, 'cause I'm in love with the inner being," considered a "sweet song of unconditional love." The song's lyrical theme also emphasizes self-acceptance and pride, opposing judgements and negativity. Jackson said "It plays a major part in society, it seems today. Their image, what a woman is supposed to look like - all the things you read in the magazines about either being too thin or too this or too that, but it's really about feeling good yourself and accepting yourself. Self-acceptance, which is another story you see here in this film, is the most important thing as well as being happy with who you are."
The song is written from the point of view of Jackson's character Denise, a shy professor who finds herself falling in love with the obese but gentle Sherman. Jackson spoke about the song's origin to MTV, which was written specifically for the film. "Jimmy and I wrote the song together, so it's about [my character's] love for [Sherman], and her unconditional love for him. Whether they have everything in the world or they have nothing at all, she just wants to be with [him]." "I loved this character so much because she didn't care about all the other things that people may have seen or saw and thought was wrong with Sherman. Those were the things she loved about him, and then on top of that she saw beyond that - how genuine of a man he is, how kind he is, a very good-hearted person and that's what she loves about him. [...] he's someone I could fall in love with because it's about what's inside." Jimmy Jam also said "It lyrically goes with her character in the movie. The song is about 'it's what's inside that counts.' You think it's funny when you hear that Janet and [Sherman] Klump have a relationship, but they make it believable."
AllMusic called it an "instant smash" and "impossibly catchy," adding the "public's appetite for Janet Jackson never wanes. "Doesn't Really Matter" was the first new offering from Ms. Jackson in years, yet had the feel and sound of a young, girlish, naive Janet singing a happy pop song about love as opposed to the hardened, sexually experimental Janet who emerged during the later Velvet Rope years." The "definitive" song was also qualified as "classic pop Janet through and through" and an "essential" hit," considered superior to the slightly remixed version on Jackson's All for You album. Billboard hailed the "dancey" single as the year's "standout summer track," due to reigning at number one for several weeks. Music journalist Stephen Thomas Erlewine commended the song for maintaining Jackson's reputation as the "leading light" of contemporary pop.
About.com ranked it as the ninth best song of the year, calling it a "midtempo classic" and "confident." It was later ranked among the top one hundred best songs of the decade, considered "one of the best examples of how Janet Jackson can make a hit single sound completely effortless," adding "it did work for the movie, and it sounded fantastic on the radio as well." Chuck Taylor of Billboard praised the "frothy, singsongy" track as "innocent fun," being privy to the "ultra-pop side of Janet" for the first time since "Together Again" and singles prior to the darker tone of The Velvet Rope. The song was examined to highlight "Janet's still-youthful vocal musings and a happy beat that will sound great roaring from the radio speakers while at the seaside, or driving down the streets with the windows wide open." In comparison to Jackson's then-recent efforts, the song's "radically different" nature was thought to "conjure a vibe" of Jackson's earlier hit "Runaway." The "smile-bearing throwback" was also thought to be "easygoing, fluffy," and "friendly," likening its upbeat aura to "the sand gently running beneath your toes." The song's lyrical theme, which "testifies that in all the world, love makes the most difference in life," was acclaimed as "a nice statement for fans." The single was accurately predicted to "entice programmers and listeners across both the mainstream and rhythmic" radio, yet was thought to require a series of "meatier mixes" for other formats.
The Huffington Post regarded the song as Jackson's best single, rivaled only by "Black Cat", saying "the melody's subliminal Asianness" aids Jackson's "pretty" voice in being "fragile like rice paper," relating the song to Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit "Sukiyaki." Matt Diehl of Entertainment Weekly called it "effervescent" and a standout on the film's soundtrack, while The New York Daily News considered it a "breathy" number from the "shapely songbird." Barnes & Noble said "the film's costar" offers an "up-tempo" single, defined as "a springy synth bounce that complements the dance diva's breathy vocals." The song also received praise from The Orlando Sentinel, saying it has "a beat you just can't help but hum along to."
After a brief absence from music, NME considered it a "comeback single" for the "pop queen." News network CNN called it a "pleasing single," along with being labeled "peppy, radio-perfect" and "funky fun." Entertainment Weekly considered it "competent hack-pop," and Newsday declared the hit as "breathy" and "carefree." The former publication also exclaimed the song "delivers," adding it "slides nicely from a half-time, stutter-beat verse to a memorably singsongy chorus, on which Janet's restrained cooing lets the melody do all the work." In a later anecdote, it was described as "Bacharachian," as well as "peppy" and "cute", commending its "bells and whistles in the production" and Jackson's unique "falsetto trill." MTV News labeled it "a return to Jackson's more melodic, pop side and a departure from the more groove-based The Velvet Rope." Vibe called it "blissful" with a "bright, shiny sound," and MacKenzie Wilson of AllMusic considered it "sweet upbeat" and a large contrast from other songs on the film's soundtrack. The song was also considered "a less suffocating shade of pop" for radio, which was both "blippy" and "joyful." Film magazine Empire called it "soulful hip-pop" and "popcorn for the ears," with the song also likened to "vodka on the rocks" for its "Pepsi commercial" semblance. Furthermore, Jeff Stark of Salon declared it to have "skittery" beats and a "subdued" melody, and Slant Magazine described the track as laced with "minimal percussive programming." Idolator considered it "the best thing to come out of that movie’s existence." Elsewhere, the song was examined to have a "catchy hook" and "the quality to get stuck in your head," commending Jackson for continuously possessing the ability to "get something together that can get your hip in motion."
"Doesn't Really Matter" became Jackson's ninth number one on the Billboard Hot 100, staying atop the chart for three consecutive weeks. The song made Jackson the first artist in history to have a number one hit in three decades. It became Jackson's nineteenth single to receive a gold certification, and twenty-first single to be certified, which ranked Jackson as the second most successful female artist with the most certified singles. It attained a silver certification in the United Kingdom, and also received a BMI Pop Award for "Most Played Song" and Japan Gold Disc Award for "Top Selling Song of the Year" by a foreign artist in Japan.
The song peaked at number one on Top 40 Tracks and the Rhythmic Top 40, three on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, number nine on Hot Dance Singles Sales, and number two in Canada. "Doesn't Really Matter" experienced success internationally, reaching number five in the United Kingdom, number two on the UK R&B Chart, the top ten in Italy and Denmark, and number one on Japan's Tokio Hot 100 airplay chart. It also peaked within the top fifteen of Norway, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and among the top twenty in Switzerland.
Upon its release, it became the most added song on pop, rhythmic, and urban formats, and was also added to Hot Adult Contemporary. The song was the first number one hit by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 since Aaliyah's "Try Again" several months earlier, breaking the longest streak of male acts at the chart's summit since eight years prior. The song's success allowed the film's soundtrack to open at number four on the Billboard 200, only behind Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP, Britney Spears' Oops!...I Did It Again, and Nelly's Country Grammar. The album sold over 150,000 copies in its first week and was later certified platinum, with over two million copies sold worldwide.
"Doesn't Really Matter" was directed by Joseph Kahn, and takes place in a futuristic city resembling Tokyo, Japan. The video shows Jackson in an abstract anime-based environment, featuring an AIBO dog, morphing clothes, levitating platforms, and a futuristic Acura vehicle, the Acura CL-X Concept Prototype. It was filmed in Los Angeles on June 4-5, and premiered on MTV's Making the Video on June 28, 2000, which also featured behind-the-scenes footage. Jackson mentioned "Doesn't Really Matter" among her favorite videos during an appearance on MTV. The video was reported to cost over $2.5 million, ranking it among the most expensive music videos of all time.
Jackson described the video's concept, revealing "its just me hanging out with my friends and going to a club. [...] It has the feel of being in an apartment in Tokyo, where every inch of your space is so important, it's used well." Kahn described the clip's premise as "epic minimalism," saying "I think every music video right now has big sets, big things, big everything, and we're going to see how small we can make it and still make it big." The clip fulfilled the intention of "creating a world around her, and just letting her shine," desiring to have an "iconic" aura. Kahn also praised Jackson's showmanship, exclaiming "the great thing about Janet is that her videos go all out, and that's risk-taking. She's not just doing what other people are doing, she's willing to go and try to create something new." Jackson responded "I enjoy trying different things, video wise as well as make-up and costuming, that's fun for me. In doing so, you're taking risks, taking chances, and some people might love it, others may hate hate it, period."
In January 2014, Kahn recalled "Janet Jackson has a very charming way of going through her editorial process - she always goes "if you think it works," and she means it. That's awesome, she's freaking Janet Jackson." Jackson contacted Kahn directly to direct the video, who stated he was "star struck" to receive the offer. "I was star struck on Janet for sure, because that was the first time that I really dealt with someone that was in my youth. I studied Janet Jackson videos growing up. So to finally see myself face to face with her and working with her and her calling me on a first name basis and calling my home and tracking me down on my cell phone… like her leaving messages, it was the weirdest thing. Because in Texas when I had no access to the industry whatsoever, you look at these people on television and it’s like, you know this world exists, but you have no idea what’s it’s like. And now I’m in this world and it’s the craziest feeling." Kahn continued "And Janet, she really is elegant, she’s like royalty. Even though she’s talking to you and trying to be normal, she’s not – she’s Janet Jackson – and you can never get that out of your head. You realize that she’s a real person and she’s got just the same emotions as everyone else, but you can never get around the fact that she’s special."
The video was choreographed by Shawnette Heard and Marty Kudelka, and was the first time Jackson worked with choreographers other than Tina Landon since the Rhythm Nation era. Jackson expressed desire to work with new talent and commended the video's routine, consisting of contemporary, jazz, and street dance styles. The dancers in the clip, which included one of the debut appearances by actress Jenna Dewan, were intended to appear "wild," in contrast to Jackson's more "sedate" appearance. "It's kind of over-the-top trendy as far as the clothing," said Jackson. The video's stylist desired a Tokyo-influence in the wardrobe, exclaiming "it's so great to pull clothes, and then put the clothes on her and have them become iconic because it's Janet." The majority of the video was designed through CGI and chroma key. The clip is infamous for its portrayal of what was futuristic technology at the time, and also for choreographed dance scenes set on a hovering platform. Jackson described the platform to be "like a ride," adding "it tilts, slants, you can slide off or fall. I was literally airborne, it was lifting me right up." The original scene was designed on a set, but was taken apart and replaced with a green screen. Kahn said "there was a problem on the set where the set they built just sucked, and that just put even more pressure on me, because I didn’t want to be the director that made the bad Janet Jackson video." Throughout the main dance sequence, scenes from the Sega Dreamcast games Jet Grind Radio and Shenmue are shown in the background.
The video was released on the song's enhanced CD single and The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps DVD as an extra feature. Due to being released through another label, it was not included on Jackson's From janet. to Damita Jo: The Videos compilation. The video was filmed during a turbulent period, in which Jackson was experiencing a divorce from unannounced husband Rene Elizondo, Jr., leading to intense media scrutiny and fluctuations in weight. Jackson recalled, "I was up in weight with 'Doesn't Really Matter.' I was going through my divorce at that time and that was a troubling time for myself."
Asia Pacific Arts considered it a "playful" video which steers away from the film in order to "focus [on] Janet and her fun, upbeat fantasy world of pet dog-bots and interactive dance floors." The video's special effects were called "incredible" and "seamless," which also aided director Kahn in showing a "clear evolution" from his earlier videos.
The video's premise, portraying Jackson as she "romps around with some girlfriends in a futuristic setting" and "getting freaky in Tokyo," was also praised for being a variation from standard "lip-synch/film snippet formula" used among pop videos at the time. It was also "happily free" of many scenes from its accompanying film, saying the clip "stands on its own." DVD Talk likened the video's setting to science fiction film The Fifth Element.
"Doesn't Really Matter" was performed on Top of the Pops in August and the MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 2000. Jackson opened the show in a black leather outfit in an aerial set among multiple backing dancers. The song was later performed on the All for You Tour, Rock Witchu Tour and Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.
Jackson's performance of "Doesn't Really Matter" at the MTV Video Music Awards is considered among the best of Jackson's career by various publications. The official Roc Nation website considered it the third best performance in the show's history, saying "Of course, what list would be complete without an appearance from Janet Jackson? Flanked by her troop of dancers, the living legend moved effortlessly across the stage in 2000 as she executed her signature complex footwork to "Doesn't Really Matter"." The Orlando Sentinel stated Jackson was "the first to act to take the stage," making "a rare TV performance" featuring a "three-tiered set and 10 backing dancers." Salon praised its "elaborate dance routine," and Buzzfeed considered it among several iconic moments from the ceremony.
Rolling Stone considered the All for You Tour's rendition "jubilant and "spirited," and MTV stated "a fully PG Janet returned for an encore in demure white tee and jeans." A writer for Newsday said Jackson performed a "stripped-down "Doesn't Really Matter" with no choreography or dance troupe to hide behind." The tour's performance was also praised for allowing Jackson to appear "looser," which effectively "cut the self-consciousness and relaxed into more natural moves." Jam! Canoe considered the tour's performance "upbeat and warm." The New York Times praised the live version on the Number Ones, Up Close and Personal tour, saying "Here, in black jeans and tank top [...] It’s the closest she gets to representing life as lived rather than as performed." On the tour, Jackson dedicated the song to the audience while performing in Santa Barbara, saying “The fans in Santa Barbara have shown me that all of your love is unconditional. That is why I have chosen 'Doesn't Really Matter' as the number one song that I will dedicate to the incredible city." The song's music video was played on screens preceding the tour's opening number for select dates.
Similar elements from Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video have been observed in subsequent videos from Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Ciara, and Cassie, while the song has been likened to inspiring releases from Rihanna, Destiny's Child, and Japanese singer Hitomi Shimatani. The video also aided the career of actress and dancer Jenna Dewan, giving Dewan a platform to work with many other artists and later star in the dance film Step Up.
"Doesn't Really Matter" was notably the first video directed by Joseph Kahn to incorporate several themes of Japanese culture, which Kahn subsequently used in videos such as Britney Spears' "Toxic" and Mariah Carey's "Boy (I Need You)" after working with Jackson. Jackson had previously included Japanese themes in the music video for "If," voted among the "Best Female Videos" of the nineties.
Britney Spears was reportedly inspired to work with director Joseph Kahn for "Stronger" after seeing Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" video. "Stronger" also pays homage to two of Jackson's videos, "Miss You Much" and "The Pleasure Principle," during choreographed chair routines. Mariah Carey's "Boy (I Need You)" video, which featured Cam'ron and was also directed by Kahn, was considered a "clear extension of Janet's "Doesn't Really Matter" for using similar settings and themes of Japanese pop culture. Jessica Simpson's "Irresistible" video includes visually similar opening scenes, consisting of overhead aerial views of a futuristic Japanese city at night, and similar outdoor environments. Simpson revealed Jackson to be an influence, saying "I absolutely adore her and she is such a sweetheart." Ciara's "Get Up," also directed by Kahn, uses similar elements of an advanced city, and in a related fashion, opens and closes with scenes of the lead star waking up and falling into bed as the lights dim. Cassie's "Long Way 2 Go" uses a similar plot; opening with an aerial overhead view, before entering an apartment as the lead's friends arrive and are seen through a peephole, in which they go to perform choreography at a club.
Glenn Gamboa of Newsweek considered Rihanna's "Watch n' Learn", from her sixth studio album Talk that Talk, an "answer to Janet Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" due to its similar production and "playful" nature. Billboard likened Destiny's Child to being influenced by Jackson's strategy of releasing a soundtrack single shortly before an album campaign with "Doesn't Really Matter" for "Independent Women," saying the group "began planting the seeds for the upcoming release" in a similar vein. Japanese pop singer Hitomi Shimatani covered the song under the title "Papillon," which brought Shimatani her first hit and subsequent career success, becoming one of the top artists on the Avex Trax label. Shimatani was presented the idea to cover the song due to its success, saying "the song had a big impact" and was "played repeatedly." A biography of Shimatani stated "mainstream success didn't come until the release of Shimatani's third single, entitled "papillon" (パピヨン~papillon~, lit. "papiyon~butterfly~"), a Japanese version of Janet Jackson's song "Doesn't Really Matter". The single became a hit, eventually selling over 200,000 copies, and vaulted Shimatani into the spotlight. Since then, Shimatani has often been compared with the top artists on Avex Trax." The "Papillon" video also features similar fashion and choreography to Jackson's "Doesn't Really Matter" clip.
Actress Jenna Dewan was one of Jackson's dancers in the video, with the clip being one of the first music videos Dewan appeared in. Dewan stated "I was fortunate enough to work with Janet who treats her dancers amazing," and described the experience as her most memorable video shoot anecdote, adding "we were on this stage that was on hydraulics and my harness happened to not be hooked up, so the first time the stage tilted down, I literally slid, right past Janet and the other dancers, off the stage and onto a concrete floor."  Dewan credits working with Jackson for "Doesn't Really Matter," and later for "All for You" and the All for You Tour, for aiding her career, allowing her to later work with artists such as Pink, Celine Dion, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake, and giving her the experience necessary to co-star in the dance film Step Up.
The video's popularity saw the AIBO ERS-210 robotic dog generate increased market demand and commercial success, after the "bionic beast got to snuggle up to Janet Jackson" in the clip. The Sun Sentinel included "Doesn't Really Matter" among several videos which set fashion trends and increased the popularity of "must-have colors" in clothing among youth. The vivrant "red and orange" outfits worn by Jackson, including "sugary pinks and orange tees," items from the Self Esteem line, and "designer duds right off the runway," were described to heighten the demand for similar "bright colorful clothes."
Covers and usage in popular culture
Japanese singer Hitomi Shimatani covered the song under the title "Papillon." The song became the biggest hit of Shitamani's career at the time, and made her one of the biggest acts on the Avex Trax label. Flautist Néstor Torres recorded a jazz version of the song for his seventh album This Side of Paradise. An instrumental piano version composed by David Newman for The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps film score is played several times throughout the film.
The song was used in the dance video game Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova. In 2012, Democratic political strategist Richard Socarides selected "Doesn't Really Matter" for a live playlist on CNN. In September 2013, record producer and radio personality Mister Cee included "Doesn't Really Matter" blended with Maino's "Hi Hater" during a live set upon his return to famed New York radio station Hot 97 following several solicitation allegations, saying "Just listen to the words." The inclusion of Jackson's song was considered to be used to subliminally reveal his bisexuality, and was called the set's "most triumphant moment" and a response to critics in opposition of his sexual orientation.
AllMusic reviewed several of the song's remixes, citing the "Jonathan Peters Club Mix" as the most superior; transforming the dance-pop original into a "summery, breezy dance record, complete with Spanish guitars and whistles." The review added "The song lends itself surprisingly well to this transformation, and, with great instrumentation, results in a pleasant and effortless dance record." Rockwilder's "Dance All Day Extended Mix" was described as possessing a melodic hip-hop and "dancehall flavor," though was considered to lack "the vibrancy" of the original. The "Spensane Get Up Extended Mix" has "intense beats" and accelerated production, making Jackson's vocals sound as if they are "being played at 78 RPM."
Awards and nominations
|About.com||Top 100 Best Pop Songs of 2000 (#9)||Won|
|About.com||Top 100 Pop Songs of the Decade (#86)||Won|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Song from a Movie||Won|
|Black Reel Awards||Best Original or Adapted Song||Nominated|
|BMI Pop Awards||Most Played Song||Won|
|BMI Pop Awards||Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture||Won|
|BPI Sales Award||Silver Award||Won|
|Grammy Awards||Producer of the Year; Jam & Lewis||Nominated|
|Japan Gold Disc Awards||Top Selling Song of the Year – Foreign Music||Won|
|Meantime Year-End Poll, Japan||"Doesn't Really Matter," #1||Won|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Music Video||Nominated|
|VH1 Fashion Awards||Most Stylish Music Video||Won|
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