Each track has a different message, which has many interludes that transitions into different messages. The intro of the album is an interlude that expresses the main idea of the entire album. Bound together through our beliefs. We are like-minded individuals. Sharing a common vision. Pushing toward a world rid of color lines. Jackson's vocals range from C 4 to A 6 , climaxing during the song's middle eight. Rolling Stone declared it the album's "essential moment", describing the song as "a headbanging good time.
Sputnik Music applauded its "extraordinary" production and chorus, thought to result in "a catchy, smart single which would appease the Jackson haters and delight the fans. Vince Aletti considered its message "dedicated" and "compassionate", praising its concept of a "multiracial, multinational network.
It broke all of the lines, color and otherwise, high-stepping all the way. Jon Pareles of The New York Times praised its "earnest concern", also noting its "call for unity and good intentions. Jackson's opposition to racism with an image of a mass audience.
The music video for "Rhythm Nation" was directed by Dominic Sena. Jackson stated, "There were so many races in that video, from Black to White and all the shades of gray in between. Black-and-white photography shows all those shades, and that's why we used it.
When you've done a lot of videos, it can be difficult to keep it fresh and new. You have to try something you've never done, in fear of looking like something you've already created. While developing its concept, Jackson's record label attempted to persuade her against filming the video, feeling as if it didn't have mainstream appeal.
Upon her insistence, it became "the most far-reaching single project the company has ever attempted. On the Rhythm Nation Tour , Jackson's performance was described as "a wedge of hard-driving bodies moves like a robot battalion in precision drill. They shoot out abruptly to the sides, then kick into jazz spins and bouncing splits to the floor. There are sedate pelvic jerks and a swiveling turn on a toe, trotting runs and purposeful syncopated walks.
But essentially these are bodies rooted into the floor, taut yet alive in the way of a boxer edgily biding his time in the ring. World Tour was aired on MTV. The Velvet Rope Tour was reported to feature "the characteristic, Russian-style military suit she wore in the video, corresponding with the song's rigid, robotic dance movements. Jackson moved from the personal to the communal, summoning the staccato funk and calls for collective action of 'Rhythm Nation'.
Suddenly, the number of onstage dancers more than doubled, all moving in sync". Its music video has also been considered among the most influential in popular culture. Rolling Stone observed it to "set the template for hundreds of videos to come in the Nineties and aughts", with Entertainment Weekly also declaring it "groundbreaking", in addition to "striking, timeless and instantly recognizable.
Williams ,  and Elizabeth Mathis have studied its music video, with Mathis notably using its choreography during a scene in Tron: Legacy. Aylin Zatar of BuzzFeed remarked, "She also basically pioneered the dancing in a warehouse, post-apocalyptic, industrial setting video. Jackson to thank. Japanese singer Crystal Kay performed a Japanese rendition of the song for the Japanese version of the film. The Stereo Hogzz performed a live rendition and replicated its choreography during the first season of The X Factor.
Filipino singer Jaya included a live cover on the album Jaya Live at the Araneta. The song is performed at Las Vegas ' Legends in Concert series. The hand-written lyrics to "Rhythm Nation" and the music video's outfit are included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 's "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit, with its lyrics also used in the museum's course on feminist songwriters.
Jackson commented, "When I first proposed a socially conscious concept, there were voices of doubt. But the more I thought about it, the more committed I became, I no longer had a choice. The creativity took over, "Rhythm Nation" came alive. I saw that a higher power was at work. Music called it "revolutionary" and "militaristic. But if you've got somebody on the fence, and they're at that point when they're either going to go one way or another, then a little nudge in that direction ain't gonna hurt.
And it's cool to do that. It's cool to do that and have a hit. Slant Magazine ranked it among the best singles of the s, saying, "the music is militant and regimented, with beats that fire like artillery juxtaposed with the typically thin-voiced Janet's unbridled vocal performance.
And that's not even mentioning the incredible video. Jackson founded the "Rhythm Nation Scholarship", assisting students in meeting their academic goals. The monetary award is given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement or have been actively involved within their school or community. In response to a critic who said her socially conscious lyrics could accomplish "nothing", Jackson invited two high school graduates to the stage, who both had previously credited the song and its music video as the motivation for staying in school.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the song. For the album, see Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation We have so little time to solve these problems. I want people to realize the urgency. I want to grab their attention. Music is my way of doing that. It's okay to have fun — I want to be certain that point is clear.
I have fun. Dancing is fun. Dancing is healthy. It pleases me when the kids say my stuff is kickin', but it pleases me even more when they listen to the lyrics. The lyrics mean so much to me. Jackson speaks of racial harmony and gender equality. Main article: Rhythm Nation music video. The song exhorts social change in the face of injustice, using music — and by extension, rhythm — as a unifying tool.
It's the perfect platform to talk about song structure verse, chorus, bridge, etc. More important, "Rhythm Nation" provides a unique point of view from which to draw conclusions about its author and her era. Through words and deeds, Janet has set an example of generosity, of empowerment, of tolerance, while leading an array of efforts addressing some of society's greatest challenges.
Rhythm Nation. Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Rhythm Nation was the first and still only album to ever have seven Top 5 hits on Billboard's Top charts and in , Jackson was the first woman ever nominated for a Producer of the Year Grammy in the non-classical category for this album; the longform video that accompanied Rhythm Nation , a visionary passion project for Jackson, did win a Grammy.
Bush's term, and Jackson and her coproducers had a lot to say about a riven America and systemic racism. As she states in the opening "Interlude: Pledge, " the dream was "a world rid of color-lines. The video for the latter track, the winner of multiple Soul Train and MTV video awards, redefined the genre via the collaboration of Jackson and choreographer Anthony Thomas.
In fact, when I was writing my last album, Dirty Computer , it was you who gave me the confidence to embrace all of me. It is also the only album to produce number one hits on the chart in three separate calendar years — Due to its innovative production and lyrical exploration, critics have come to regard it as the pinnacle of Jackson's artistic achievement.
It has been cited as an influence in various musical trends, inspiring numerous artists. Jackson's Rhythm Nation World Tour became the most successful debut concert tour by a recording artist, in addition to setting venue records in Japan. She was regarded as a fashion icon, with her "Rhythm Nation" attire being emulated by youth. Proceeds from the tour were used to establish the Rhythm Nation Scholarship and fund other educational programs. Following the critical and commercial breakthrough of her third studio album Control , Jackson was motivated to take a larger role in her album's creative process.
It was rumored that label executives suggested a concept album entitled Scandal , which would have centered on her personal and family life. I wanted to do something that I really believed in and that I really felt strong about.
While discussing the origin of the title "Rhythm Nation", Jackson stated she first uttered the phrase during a conversation with her producers. The usage of the number "" represents the year the national anthem " The Star-Spangled Banner " was written. We are like-minded individuals, sharing a common vision, pushing toward a world rid of color-lines. Jackson's primary goal for the record was to reach a younger audience who may have been unaware of what it means to be socially conscious individuals.
She expressed: "I wanted to capture their attention through my music. I just want my music and my dance to catch the audience's attention" hoping it would motivate people to "make some sort of difference". Rhythm Nation was recorded over a period of seven months. According to Jam, he, Lewis and Jackson chose to isolate themselves to compose the record. The LP was produced primarily through use of synthesizers and drum machines.
While Control had been recorded primarily using the LinnDrum machine, songs for Rhythm Nation were mostly recorded using the E-mu SP , which was more commonplace for hip hop music at the time. The Oberheim OB-8 analog synthesizer, as well as those made by Sequential Circuits , were also used for mixing and recording.
The only equipment utilized for the recording of Control that was also used for producing Rhythm Nation was the Ensoniq Mirage keyboard. Jam noted it was commonplace for Jackson to sing her vocals with the base track first and then have the rest of the song built around it in order to make her voice the center of the piece.
The idea with her has always been that she does all of her own vocals, so that it's totally a Janet record. Though officially credited to the production techniques of Teddy Riley , Ripani theorized Riley was influenced by Jackson's single " Nasty ", which also features a distinctive triplet swing.
Jon Pareles observed the album's diversity catered to a wide variety of radio formats , including pop , quiet storm , Adult contemporary and mainstream rock. While Jellybean Johnson was elected to produce it, Dave Berry was recruited to play guitar for the song.
It was recorded using a mixture of Rockman and Marshall amplifier to give the song a heavy metal sound. The sequencing of the record's track list was done strategically, starting with songs that lyrically depict societal injustices and ending with those that explore love, relationships and sexuality.
This decision also factored into the album's artwork and marketing, giving it an overt black and white militant imagery.
Then to have the segue after that where she says, 'Get the point? Let's dance All this might seem a little heavy for dance music or pop radio, but Jackson fuses her concepts with driving dance energy that hits the hearts of those hitting the dance-floor. And yet the record was somehow even more successful than Control , generating a then-record seven top 5 singles. A thirty-minute long-form music video, Rhythm Nation , was produced to promote the album.
Referred to as a "telemusical", the storyline incorporates three separate music videos: "Miss You Much", "The Knowledge", and "Rhythm Nation". Parallel Lines: Media Representations of Dance observed that in Rhythm Nation , Jackson represents a "modern good fairy" attempting to guide troubled youth to a more positive way of life.
Each of the three segments serve a different purpose, beginning with affinity and companionship in "Miss You Much", followed by anger and frustration in her rooftop solo and ending with "Rhythm Nation", in which Jackson and her dancers "have become a uniformed, formidable army, whose controlled energetic moves and shouts project a disciplined resolution to inspire others through dance and music.
Friday 10 April Saturday 11 April Sunday 12 April Monday 13 April Tuesday 14 April Wednesday 15 April Friday 17 April Saturday 18 April Sunday 19 April Monday 20 April Tuesday 21 April Wednesday 22 April Thursday 23 April Friday 24 April Saturday 25 April Sunday 26 April Monday 27 April Tuesday 28 April Wednesday 29 April Thursday 30 April Friday 1 May Saturday 2 May Sunday 3 May Monday 4 May Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 MaySonically this is the only Janet Jackson album that doesn't sound dated at all -- even The Velvet Rope and janet. heralded to an '80s sound, looking back instead of forward. Rhythm Nation: , on the other hand, was a prophetic and important work, and ten years after its release holds up to scrutiny on all fronts -- vocal performance /5(74).