Love Will Never Do (Without You)

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"Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
Released October 2, 1990 (UK)
November 5, 1990 (U.S.)
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1988–1989;
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Genre R&B, dance-pop, new jack swing
Length 5:50 (album version)
4:35 (single edit)
Label A&M
Writer(s) James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Black Cat"
(1990)
"Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
(1990)
"State of the World"
(1991)

"Love Will Never Do (Without You)" is the seventh single from American R&B and pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week.

Song information[edit]

The song became Jackson's fifth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, the final of seven top five singles from the album, making her the only artist to achieve seven top five singles from one album. The success of "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" also helped the album to become the only in history to produce number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in three separate calendar years, those being "Miss You Much" in 1989, "Escapade" and "Black Cat" in 1990, and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" in 1991.

The single was certified Gold by the RIAA, but achieved even greater airplay success, topping the Airplay Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the longest-running airplay number one single at the time.

In 1996, the song was remixed by Roger Sanchez. The Single Edit was included on the international release of Jackson's 1996 greatest hits compilation Design of a Decade 1986/1996. Although being one of the album's last singles, it was one of the first songs recorded for Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. The song's background vocals were recorded in late 1988, while Jackson recorded the lead vocals in January 1989. Herb Alpert plays trumpet on the track.[1]

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis tooled on the idea of making this song a duet. According to Fred Bronson's The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, they thought about possibly getting Prince, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, or anyone else working with them at the time. However, there was no concrete plan. During the recording of the first verse, Jimmy Jam tells Jackson, "Sing it low like some guy would sing it." As a result, they kept the idea of her singing the first verse in a low octave but go an octave up on the second verse.[2]

Jackson has performed the song on most of her tours including the janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, Rock Witchu Tour and Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.

Macy Gray sang the song live as a tribute to Jackson during MTV's mtvICON special in 2001.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by photographer Herb Ritts and choreographed by Herb Ritts, Janet Jackson and Tina Landon on September 13, 1990. Jackson originally planned to wear a dress for the video, but Ritts envisioned Jackson in nothing more than a black top and a pair of jeans (and, ultimately, blond hair). The video features cameos by actors (then Calvin Klein underwear models) Antonio Sabàto, Jr. and Djimon Hounsou.

The video won for Best Female Video and was nominated for Best Choreography and Best Art Direction at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards. It ranked 13 on Rolling Stone's The 100 Top Music Videos, 72 on VH1's 100 Greatest Videos, and 88 on MTV's 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made.

Two versions of the video were produced, one in black-and-white, and the other colorized, both of which appear on the Design of a Decade 1986/1996 video compilation. On April 27, 2007, the video was made available on iTunes.

Calvin Thomas on his book Masculinity, Psychoanalysis, Straight Queer Theory noted a lightening of Jackson's skin tone and a notable transformation of the shape of her body in the music video.[3]

Britney Spears was inspired by the video for her "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know" clip, saying "he did Janet Jackson-remember when she made her comeback?" she says, alluding to Janet's makeover, which was orchestrated by Ritts when he directed her "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" video."[4]

Track listings[edit]

Official versions/remixes[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Janet Jackson – Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  2. ^ The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits
  3. ^ http://books.google.com.br/books?id=FezHAAAAQBAJ&pg=PA13&dq=janet+What+Have+You+Done+for+Me+Lately+video&hl=pt-BR&sa=X&ei=X96sU7XGGO3LsQTYjYL4Dw&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=janet%20What%20Have%20You%20Done%20for%20Me%20Lately%20video&f=false
  4. ^ "21st Century Girl". Teen People. 2000. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  6. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  7. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  8. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  9. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  10. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  11. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  12. ^ Janet Jackson Love Will Never Do USA Promo 5" CD SINGLE (88951)
  13. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You)
  14. ^ Janet Jackson Love Will Never Do Without You Japan 3" CD SINGLE (10765)
  15. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You) (The Remixes)
  16. ^ Janet Jackson - Love Will Never Do (Without You) ('96 Mixes)
  17. ^ a b "Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You) – swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You) – Weekly Magazine". Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 4 – 1991". Radio 538 (in Dutch). Top 40. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  20. ^ "The Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. irishcharts.ie. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  21. ^ "Chart Stats – Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You)". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  22. ^ a b c "Rhythm Nation 1814 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Top 100 Songs AMR 1991". AMR. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  25. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist="Janet"#

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Preceded by
"Justify My Love" by Madonna
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 19, 1991
Succeeded by
"The First Time" by Surface