Every Time (Janet Jackson song)

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"Every Time"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album The Velvet Rope
B-side "Accept Me"
Released November 17, 1998
Format CD single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Length 4:17
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, René Elizondo, Jr.
Producer(s) Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Every Time"
"Ask for More"

"Every Time" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997). The ballad was released as the album's sixth and final single in late 1998. Jackson only performed the song on the first few dates of The Velvet Rope Tour.

Critical response[edit]

Billboard's review was positive:

"Janet's acclaimed "Velvet Rope" project has given this treasured artist room to broaden her musical horizons, as witnessed by the album's previous four singles but that doesn't mean that a fond remembrance of what she's done so well in the past is out of line. The lovely "Every Time" ranks with her most memorable ballads, such as "Let's Wait Awhile" and "Again," calling on the things that make Janet so effective with this type of delicate material: Her voice quivers with emotion as she practically whispers about the promise and fear of an imminent romance, while steadfast writer/producer team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrap her vocal around a beautiful and sensuous chorus. This song sounds so perfect with the more civil pace of fall, it's an easy decision across the board, at top 40, AC, and R&B. Absolutely destined to be one of her greats."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The single performed poorly on international charts, failing to make the top fifty in Australia, the top sixty-five in Germany, and the top ninety in France. It peaked at 125 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, ending Jackson's streak of 18 consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Singles.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Matthew Rolston and shows Jackson partially nude in several water. A strong theme of green is seen in the video through lighting, the fabric surrounding Janet's body and her contact lenses. Shadows, camera tricks, and a piece of fabric are used to keep her inexplicitly nude. Through the whole video, she is seen on the water. The video was filmed in the then-new Therme Vals spa in Vals, Graubünden, in the Swiss Alps, and released in November 1998 as part of MTV's "Spankin' New Music Week". It received minor play in the United States. The video is featured on the limited bonus-DVD edition of 2001's All for You as well as the 2004 DVD From janet. to Damita Jo: The Videos.

Britney Spears' "Everytime", released as the third single from her fourth album In the Zone (2003), was compared to Jackson's video for "Every Time" by critics, noting, "The original pop queen Janet bared all in a blue lagoon for her “Every Time” video. A little less glam, Britney’s tub scene in her “Everytime” video proved dark foreshadowing into her troubled world." Rihanna's "Stay" music video was also compared to and said to be inspired by both Spears and Jackson's "Everytime" videos, saying "Rihanna isn’t the first pop star to brood in a bathtub. Janet Jackson and Britney Spears also bared their emotion immersed in water."[2]

Track listings[edit]

UK promo CD single (VSCDJ1720)[3]
  1. "Every Time" (album version) – 4:17
UK CD single (VSCDT1720)[4]
  1. "Every Time" (album version) – 4:17
  2. "Every Time" (Jam & Lewis Disco Remix) – 4:10
  3. "Accept Me" – 4:07
U.S. promo CD single (DPRO-13637)[5]
  1. "Every Time" (album version) – 4:17
  2. "Every Time" (Call Out Hook) – 0:21
European 12" single (VST1720)[6]
  1. "Every Time" (album version) – 4:17
  2. "Every Time" (Jam & Lewis Disco Remix) – 4:10
  3. "Every Time" (Jam & Lewis Disco Remix Instrumental) – 4:10
Japanese CD single (VJCP-12093)[7]
  1. "Every Time" (album version) – 4:17
  2. "I Get Lonely" (Jason's Special Sauce Dub) – 6:44
  3. "I Get Lonely" (The Jason Nevins Radio Remix) – 3:13

Official versions[edit]

  • Album version – 4:17
  • Jam & Lewis Disco Remix – 4:10
  • Jam & Lewis Disco Remix Instrumental – 4:10
  • Call Out Research Hook – 0:21


Chart (1998/1999) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[8] 52
Dutch Top 40[9] 29
French Singles Chart[10] 95
German Singles Chart[11] 67
New Zealand Singles Chart[10] 34
UK Singles Chart[12] 46
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[13] 25


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