Janet Jackson (album)
|Studio album by Janet Jackson|
|Released||September 21, 1982|
|Producer||René Moore, Angela Winbush, Foster Sylvers, Bobby Watson, Jerry Weaver|
|Janet Jackson chronology|
|Singles from Janet Jackson|
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 Janet was taken in the swimming pool of the Jackson family's home.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
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."
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.
|1.||"Say You Do"||René Moore, Angela Winbush||Bobby Watson, Moore, Winbush||6:48 (CD)
|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"||Foster Sylvers, Jerry Weaver||Wardell Potts, Jr., Barry Sarna, Dana Meyers||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|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||44|
|U.S. Billboard 200||63|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||6|
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