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R&B Junkie

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"R&B Junkie"
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Song by Janet Jackson
from the album Damita Jo
ReleasedDecember 30, 2004 (2004-12-30)[1]
StudioFlyte Tyme Studios West at The Village
(Los Angeles, California)
  • Janet Jackson
  • James Harris III
  • Terry Lewis
  • Tony "Prof T" Tolbert
  • Michael Jones
  • Nicholas Trevisick

"R&B Junkie" is a song by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson from her eighth studio album, Damita Jo (2004). Written by Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Tony "Prof T" Tolbert, Michael Jones and Nicholas Trevisick, the track was released as a promotional single in 2004 by Virgin Records. "R&B Junkie" is an upbeat song which has a "retro" feel consisting of 1980s soul, R&B, funk, dance-pop and synths, while it samples Evelyn King's 1981 song "I'm in Love"; it has "oh-oh-ohs" throughout the verses.

"R&B Junkie" received positive reviews from music critics, who deemed it as one of the best songs from the album. The song peaked at number one on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, as it received a limited release. "R&B Junkie" was performed by Jackson during the 2004 BET Awards, as well on the Las Vegas residency Metamorphosis and the A Special 30th Anniversary Celebration of Rhythm Nation tour in 2019.

Recording and composition[edit]

"R&B Junkie" was recorded in 2003, at Flyte Tyme Studios West at The Village, in Los Angeles, California.[2] It was written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Tony "Prof T" Tolbert, Michael Jones and Nicholas Trevisick, while it was produced by Jackson, Jam and Lewis. The latter one also played the keyboards.[2] The song had its drums and percussion played by Iz.[2] Serban Ghenea did the mixing of "R&B Junkie" at MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach, with Tim Roberts being his assistant. Ian Cross engineered the song while Ghian Wright was an assistant. Additionally, the Pro-Tools engineer was John Hanes.[2]

"R&B Junkie" is an upbeat song which has a "retro" feel consisting of 1980s funk, dance-pop, and synths.[3] It transforms a brief sample from Evelyn King's 1981 song "I'm in Love" into a new composition. According to LA Weekly, it worked in the context of a song that is an "ode to old-school soul music and the dances those sounds inspired". The magazine also considered the song a "likely candidate for club hit of the summer".[4] "R&B Junkie"'s positive vibe was described as a sonic "ambrosia" by Baltimore City Paper.[5] Additionally, the song has "oh-oh-ohs" throughout the verses and on the chorus.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Angus Batey from Yahoo! Music described "R&B Junkie" as one of the high points from Damita Jo, describing it as a delicious throwback.[6] BBC Music's Ian Warde asserted that the song "is a nice Evelyn Champagne King infused number that parties like it's 1982".[7] Similarly, Michael Paoletta from Billboard called the song a "winner" from Damita Jo and noted that it "fabulously" referenced the sampled song.[8] Mikael Wood from Baltimore City Paper commented that "R&B Junkie" had an enough positive vibe to shame American musician Michael J. Powell into early retirement.[5] Ernest Hardy from LA Weekly described the song as the second best song from Damita Jo, after "Like You Don't Love Me".[4] Spence D. from IGN called it as ultimately non-descript, despite considering it infectious.[3]

Live performance[edit]

Jackson performed a medley of "All Nite (Don't Stop)" and "R&B Junkie" at the 2004 BET Awards.[9] Following Jackson's Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy, various performances on TV were aired with a time delay per the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's guidelines, but the awards show was televised without a delay.[10] The song was also used during the DJ Intermission on the 2015–2016 Unbreakable World Tour. In 2019, Jackson performed the song in concert at her Las Vegas residency Janet Jackson: Metamorphosis, and on the A Special 30th Anniversary Celebration of Rhythm Nation tour.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

  • US promotional CD single[1]
  1. "R&B Junkie" – 3:10

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Damita Jo.[2]

  • Janet Jackson – vocals, production
  • James Harris III – production, keyboards
  • Terry Lewis – production
  • Tony Tolbert – background vocals
  • IZ – drums, percussion
  • Ian Cross – engineering
  • Ghian Wright – engineering assistance
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Tim Roberts – mixing assistance
  • John Hanes – Pro-Tools engineering


Chart performance for "R&B Junkie"
Chart (2004) Peak
US Adult R&B Songs (Billboard)[13] 17
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[14] 1


  1. ^ a b Janet Jackson. R&B Junkie (US promotional CD single liner notes) (Media notes). Virgin Records. 7087 6 18615 2 5.
  2. ^ a b c d e Janet Jackson (2004). Damita Jo (liner notes). Janet Jackson. Virgin Records. 7243 5 77019 2 1.
  3. ^ a b c D., Spence (March 30, 2004). "Janet Jackson – Damita Jo Review". IGN. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Hardy, Ernest (May 5, 2004). "Fear of a Black Titty". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Wood, Mikael (June 9, 2004). "Burned". Baltimore City Paper. Archived from the original on December 10, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Janet Jackson – Damita Jo". Yahoo! Music UK. April 2, 2004. Archived from the original on April 16, 2004. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Janet Jackson Damita Jo Review". BBC Music. March 26, 2004. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  8. ^ Paoletta, Michael (April 10, 2004). "Essential Reviews". Billboard. Vol. 116, no. 15. New York. p. 31. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  9. ^ "2004 BET Awards Performances and Highlights". BET. Retrieved May 24, 2014.
  10. ^ Braxton, Greg (June 28, 2004). "Janet Jackson to perform live on BET's awards telecast". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  11. ^ Mitchell, Gail (May 18, 2019). "Janet Jackson Draws Queen Latifah, Eve & More to Metamorphosis Residency Opening in Las Vegas". Billboard. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Harris, Keith (September 16, 2019). "Janet Jackson's unflashy Treasure Island show celebrates her Minnesota connections". City Pages. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  13. ^ "Janet Jackson Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  14. ^ "Janet Jackson Chart History (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 30, 2018. Retrieved October 14, 2020.