Alright (Janet Jackson song)
|Single by Janet Jackson|
|from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814|
|B-side||"Vuelve a Mí"|
|Released||March 4, 1990|
|Format||7", 12", CD, cassette|
Flyte Tyme Studios|
6:26 (Album Version) |
5:01 (7" House Mix featuring Heavy D)
4:39 (Goh Hotoda Mix/1995 Short Mix)
|Songwriter(s)||Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James Brown, Carlos Ward|
|Producer(s)||Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson|
|Janet Jackson singles chronology|
"Alright" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her fourth album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). Written by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the song was released in March 4, 1990 by A&M Records as the fourth single from Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.
While it was to become the only single of the seven released off the Rhythm Nation 1814 album to not hit the top-two on the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number four, it became the fourth consecutive single from the album to reach number one on the Dance Club Songs, helping Jackson break a record set by Madonna. "Alright" earned Jackson two 1991 Grammy Award nominations for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
"Alright" samples Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think (About It)" and the song's final hook samples B.T. Express' 1974 song "Do You Like It". The song was recorded again in January 1990 with Heavy D for the music video.
The music video to the song, which was filmed in February 1990 and was styled to resemble a 1930s and 1950s musical, featured Cyd Charisse, The Nicholas Brothers, and Cab Calloway in one of his last on-screen appearances. Anthony Thomas choreographed the video, with some scenes staged by veteran Hollywood choreographer Michael Kidd. The video begins with Jackson and two male dancers, all wearing flashy zoot suits sitting on a bench. A paperboy throws newspapers on them. They wake up and read the frontpage of the newspaper, from which they learn Calloway is in town for the premiere of his Alright film. Jackson and her dancers take a cross-town journey to the premiere. There, Jackson, her dancers and Calloway fans wait for Calloway to make his grand entrance. Jackson seemingly envisions herself as Calloway's glamorized female guest, getting pushed to the red carpet. Calloway takes her hand and helps her up. Jackson and her dancers get in Calloway's limo. They arrive at large dance out in the middle of a street. Jackson and her dancers climb on the back of a car and Jackson notices her watch is missing. They get off the car and are sprayed by a street cleaning truck. They sit on the bench. Later that night, Jackson and her dancers are homeless people asleep on the bench—revealing the video to have been a dream. Cab Calloway, in the meantime, walks to the bench and places Jackson's watch in her hand. He sneaks away saying, "Alright". There is also an extended version that features rapper Heavy D. Jackson won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video in 1991.
During MTV's first-ever MTV Icon in 2001, American singer Usher paid tribute to Jackson by be re-enacting the sidewalk bench routine from the "Alright" music video. In 2011, Chris Brown's video "Yeah 3x" was compared to the video.
Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours. In the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour and All for You Tour, Jackson performs the song wearing a Zoot suit. On the Rock Witchu Tour, she wears a sailor suit. On the Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour, she wears a black catsuit. Jackson also included the song on her 2015-2016 Unbreakable World Tour and the 2017-2018 State of the World Tour in a medley with "Miss You Much" and "You Want This".
Track listing and formats
International 7"/Japan 3" CD single/US Cassette single
UK 7" limited edition shaped picture disc
UK cassette single
UK 12" single
UK maxi CD single
International 12" single
Japan maxi CD single