Runaway (Janet Jackson song)

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"Runaway"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Design of a Decade 1986/1996
Released August 29, 1995
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded June 1995
Genre Pop, worldbeat, R&B[1]
Length 3:35
Label A&M
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Gold (ARIA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Scream"
(1995)
"Runaway"
(1995)
"Twenty Foreplay"
(1996)
Music sample
Alternative cover
"Runaway"/"When I Think of You" UK promo CD single

"Runaway" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her first greatest hits album, Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (1995). Written and produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the track was released as the album's lead single on August 29, 1995. It is one of the two previously unreleased songs added to the Design of a Decade 1986/1996 compilation.

Jackson has performed the song on several of her tours, including The Velvet Rope Tour and All for You Tour during medleys which also included "Escapade", "Miss You Much", "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" and "When I Think of You", and on the "Rock Witchu Tour" in a medley with "Luv". "Runaway" was also dedicated to Cities Paris and Sydney on her 2011 Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour.

Song information[edit]

"Runaway" blends hard pop-hip hop beats with influences from African and Asian music, and has a similar sound to her previous hits "Escapade" and "Whoops Now". Towards the end of the song, Jackson breaks the fourth wall with the lyric, "Ooh, didn't quite hit the note/That wasn't such a good time". Africa, Nairobi, Tuscany, Australia, Mexico, Spain, and Paris are mentioned in the song.

Chart performance[edit]

"Runaway" made Jackson the first female artist in Billboard '​s history to debut in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, entering at number six in September 1995.[2] It eventually peaked at number three. The song also reached the top spot in Canada, in addition to being a top ten hit in the United Kingdom and Australia and a moderate success in continental Europe, reaching the top 30 in most countries.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Runaway" was directed by Marcus Nispel and choreographed by Tina Landon on August 27, 1995. It starts from in New York City where Jackson is in her apartment. She walks in the living room and puts her dog on the floor. She climbs out the window and jumps out, landing on a telephone pole. Jackson travels around the world and visits many places including Egypt, India, China, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Tuscany, Paris, and Australia. After her amazing trip, Jackson climbs back into her apartment to be greeted by her dog. The video and its production documentary appear exclusively on the Design of a Decade 1986/1996 video release. "Runaway" ranked at #29 on MTV's Year End Countdown.

In popular culture[edit]

Canadian singer Kreesha Turner's "I Could Stay", released as a single from her 2011 album "Tropic Electric", was noted for referencing and sounding similar to Janet's "Runaway" during its chorus.[3]

Track listings[edit]

"Runaway" was released with "When I Think of You" as a double A-side in certain territories.

Official remixes[edit]

  • Album Version – 3:35
  • Junior's Unplugged Mix – 3:39
  • Junior's Factory Mix – 9:08
  • Junior's Factory Dub – 6:57
  • Junior's Chant Mix – 9:20
  • Junior's Tribal Mix / Junior's Tribal Dub – 4:39
  • Junior's Radio Mix – 3:42
  • Jam & Lewis Ghetto Mix – 4:54
  • Jam & Lewis Street Mix Edit – 3:23
  • Jam & Lewis House Mix - 3:49
  • Jam & Lewis Houseparty Mix - 3:58
  • G. Man's Hip Hop Mix – 3:41
  • G. Man's Hip Hop Mix w/ Rap (featuring Coolio) – 4:14
  • G. Man's Hip Hop Extended Mix – 4:21
  • G. Man's Club Mix – 3:51
  • Silk's House Mix / Silk's Housy Mix – 6:54
  • Silk's Old Skool Radio/A/C Remix – 4:11
  • Silk's Old Skool 12" – 4:56
  • Kelly's "Bump & Run" Edit – 4:31
  • Kelly's "Bump & Run" Mix – 8:08
  • Indasoul Mix – 3:38
  • J.A.M. Sessions Mix – 3:39
  • Torin's Chicago Mix – 8:45
  • Torin's Chicago Underground – 4:34
  • Maestro 95th & Ashland House Dub – 6:06

Charts[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Fantasy" by Mariah Carey
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
November 6, 1995 – November 13, 1995
Succeeded by
"Fantasy" by Mariah Carey

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/runaway-mw0000175828
  2. ^ Fred, Bronson (September 16, 1995). "Janet Jackson Has Done It Again". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 96. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ Janet Jackson's "Runaway" and Kreesha Turner's "I Could Stay"
  4. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway
  5. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway
  6. ^ Janet Jackson Runaway USA Promo 5" CD SINGLE (57046)
  7. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway
  8. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway
  9. ^ Janet Jackson Runaway Australia 5" CD SINGLE (52590)
  10. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway
  11. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway
  12. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway / When I Think Of You
  13. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway / When I Think Of You
  14. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway / When I Think Of You
  15. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway / When I Think Of You
  16. ^ Janet Jackson Runaway USA 5" CD SINGLE (53405)
  17. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway / When I Think Of You
  18. ^ Janet Jackson Runaway France 5" CD SINGLE (55775)
  19. ^ Janet Jackson Runaway Japan 3" CD SINGLE (50541)
  20. ^ Janet Jackson - Runaway / When I Think Of You (Remixes)
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  22. ^ "Hits of the World – Canada". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 11, 1995. p. 50. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Janet in Denmark". MJJ Charts. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 42–1995". Radio 538 (in Dutch). Top 40. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  25. ^ "Chart Data: Janet Jackson". mariah-charts.com. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Janet Jackson – Runaway". Media Control (in German). Musicline.de. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  27. ^ "Italian Charts". IFPI. ifpi.com. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  28. ^ "The Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. irishcharts.ie. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  29. ^ "Chart Stats – Janet Jackson – Runaway". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  30. ^ a b c d "Design of a Decade: 1986-1996 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  31. ^ "End Of Year Aria Chart - 1995". ARIA. Retrieved September 14, 2007. 
  32. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1995
  33. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  34. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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