Miss Jackson

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This article is about the song by Panic! at the Disco. For the song by OutKast, see Ms. Jackson.
"Miss Jackson"
Single by Panic! at the Disco featuring Lolo
from the album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
Released July 15, 2013
Format Digital single, CD single
Recorded November 2012 – March 2013
Genre Power pop
Length 3:12
Label Fueled by Ramen
Writer(s) Brendon Urie
Producer(s) Butch Walker
Panic! at the Disco singles chronology
"Let's Kill Tonight"
(2011)
"Miss Jackson"
(2013)
"This Is Gospel"
(2013)

"Miss Jackson" is a song by the American rock band Panic! at the Disco, released on July 15, 2013 as the lead single for the band's fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2013).[1][2] Lolo contributed guest vocals for "Miss Jackson". A music video directed by Jordan Bahat accompanied the song's announcement as well as the album's title and release date, and headlining tour dates. It marks the band's first release since 2011. The Butch Walker-produced track has been described as "darkly anthemic".[1] It reached the top 10 on iTunes upon its release and sold 56,000 digital downloads in its first week to debut at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 27 on Digital Songs.[3]

Writing and composition[edit]

"Miss Jackson" is titled after Janet Jackson and references her hit "Nasty" in the line "Miss Jackson, Are you nasty?" during its chorus. "Nasty" is notorious for the line "My first name ain't baby, it's Janet - Miss Jackson if you're nasty", which became frequently used throughout pop culture in various forms and is an iconic catchphrase. The song is one of Janet's signature hits and was released as the second single from her breakthrough album Control.

In an interview with MTV the lead singer Brendon Urie, (who wrote the song), says the lyrics were based on personal experiences:

"'Miss Jackson' is about something that actually happened to me when I was younger. I hadn't really talked about it, and I felt that if I didn't, I would keep thinking about it, it would drive me crazy. When I was younger, I would mess around; I'd sleep with one girl one night, sleep with her friend the next night, and not care about how they felt, or how I made them feel. And then it happened to me and I realized 'Wow, that's what that feels like?'"[4]

Release[edit]

Regarding the band's decision to release "Miss Jackson" as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, vocalist and guitarist Brendon Urie stated, "Every song on the album is pretty different from one another, but there are a lot of the sounds of the other songs are kind of mixed together in ["Miss Jackson"]. There are songs that range from something personal to something fictitious to a song about where I grew up in Vegas. This really sums up the vibe of the record, of this party record that we’re excited about."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Miss Jackson" was directed by Jordan Bahat and released on Fueled by Ramen's YouTube channel, featuring the American actress Katrina Bowden, who is known for playing Cerie on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.[6] The hotel scene was filmed in Barstow, California.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[7] 73
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 68
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[3] 7
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[3] 11
UK Singles[7] 61

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