Janet Jackson (album)

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Janet Jackson
Studio album by Janet Jackson
Released September 21, 1982
Recorded May–August 1982
Genre Pop, R&B[1]
Length 38:50 (CD)
37:22 (vinyl)
Label A&M
Producer René Moore, Angela Winbush, Foster Sylvers, Bobby Watson, Jerry Weaver
Janet Jackson chronology
Janet Jackson
Dream Street
Singles from Janet Jackson
  1. "Young Love"
    Released: July 7, 1982
  2. "Come Give Your Love to Me"
    Released: January 10, 1983
  3. "Say You Do"
    Released: April 29, 1983
  4. "Love and My Best Friend"
    Released: May 16, 1983
  5. "Don't Mess Up This Good Thing"
    Released: July 18, 1983

Janet Jackson is the self-titled debut album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on September 21, 1982 by A&M Records. Jackson's career as a recording artist was established by her father and manager Joseph Jackson, who arranged her recording contract with A&M Records.

The album's musical content contains bubblegum pop mixed with elements of disco and funk. Songwriters Angela Winbush and René Moore contributed to much of the album's lyrics. Moore and Winbush share production credits with Foster Sylvers, Jerry Weaver, and Bobby Watson. Janet Jackson debuted at number six on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and its single "Young Love" peaked at number six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.


Prior to her recording contract with A&M Records, Janet Jackson was best known as a television actress; most notable for her role as Penny on the series Good Times and Charlene on Diff'rent Strokes. Janet didn't want any of her family members to participate in the making of the album. She wanted it to be her own project, judged by its own merits. She sang part of the song "The Magic Is Working" on the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes to promote it. The cover photo of Jackson was photographed by Harry Langdon, in the swimming pool of the Jackson family's home.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Baltimore Afro-American (favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine with Allmusic gave it two out of five stars, saying "On her eponymous debut album, Janet Jackson demonstrates no distinctive musical personality of her own. If her producers had concocted a sharper set of songs and more interesting beats, Janet Jackson might have been a pleasant set of sunny dance-pop, but as it stands, only "Young Love" stands out among the undistinguished, sub-disco thumpers and drippy ballads."[1]

The Baltimore Afro-American gave it a favorable review, saying "The eight songs simply feature the poised voice of a dynamic individual."[3]

Between 1991 and April 2007 Janet Jackson sold 61,815 copies per Nielsen SoundScan, while through BMG's music club it had sold 82,000 copies by 2003. The album peaked at number sixty-three in the United States and at number forty-four in New Zealand.

Track listing[edit]

Standard/Vinyl/CD/Cassette/MP3 download
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Say You Do"   René Moore, Angela Winbush Bobby Watson, Moore, Winbush 6:48 (CD)
5:20 (vinyl)
2. "You'll Never Find (A Love Like Mine)"   Moore, Winbush Bobby Watson, Moore, Winbush 4:09
3. "Young Love"   Moore, Winbush Bobby Watson, Moore, Winbush 4:56
4. "Love and My Best Friend"   Moore, Winbush Bobby Watson, Moore, Winbush 4:47
5. "Don't Mess Up This Good Thing"   Wardell Potts, Jr., Barry Sarna, Dana Meyers Foster Sylvers, Jerry Weaver 3:53
6. "Forever Yours"   Phillip Ingram, Attala Zane Giles Weaver, C. Sylvers 4:57
7. "The Magic Is Working"   Dorie Pride, Gene Dozier Weaver, F. Sylvers 4:09
8. "Come Give Your Love to Me"   Glen Barbee, Charmaine Sylvers F. Sylvers, Weaver 5:03


Chart (1982) Peak
New Zealand Albums Chart 44[5]
U.S. Billboard 200 63[6]
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 6[6]



  1. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Janet Jackson > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  2. ^ "True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself - Janet Jackson - Google Livros". Books.google.com.br. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Janet Jackson". Baltimore Afro-American. October 12, 1982. p. 13. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 411. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ "charts.org.nz - Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  6. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Janet Jackson > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-02. 

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