Song: “Escapade” by Janet Jackson
Reached #1: March 3, 1990 (her third, 3 weeks)
Originally, this was going to be a cover of Martha and the Vandellas’ “Nowhere to Run”, but producer Terry Jam advised her to do an original song in the same vein. That appears to have been a good idea.
When Miss Jackson released “Escapade”, it had been a little more than 3 years since she struck out on her own, leaving her father’s management. She’d released Control and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (the album that produced this track). And she was 15 years away from becoming the poster child for FCC over-involvement in TV content…
Rhythm Nation was one of the more prolific albums in Billboard chart history – according to the always-accurate (*cough*) Wikipedia, it’s the only album to produce Billboard #1 hits in three calendar years (1989-91). That’s something most artists would love to do, if only to give them more time to create their next album…
…or, in Jackson’s case, to make movies or do other work. She’s been one of the busiest performers in entertainment for all of her 25-plus year solo career, finding the time to tour, make albums, and act. She’s managed to be almost as successful as her brother, without all of the baggage. In the end, she may surpass Michael in some ways, if only because she hasn’t had the long gaps in her career that he had.
Tomorrow, the band that Decca Records signed after they realized they screwed up by not signing those four nice lads from Liverpool.
Other songs that reached #1 on March 3:
2007 – “What Goes Around… Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake (his third, 1 week, and isn’t THAT ironic?)