Janet Jackson25th anniversary of the Friday (7) release of a new expanded version from his flagship album The Velvet Rope saw the 1997 set return to the iTunes charts, as the artist joined in the celebrations with a surprise appearance at a party to mark the re-release in London.
On its re-release on Friday, the album topped Apple’s iTunes Store R&B/Soul Best Sellers in the US and, as of writing, hit the Top 5 on the UK store’s equivalent list. . The new edition of the album includes ten bonus tracks, all making their debut on streaming platforms and including collectible B-sides and remixes such as “Accept Me” and “God’s Stepchild”.
Many remixes, previously only available on CD singles, are also included in the package, including the TNT remix of Teddy Riley’s “I Get Lonely” featuring BLACKstreet, and the “Go Deep” mix by Timbaland and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. Also included are club mixes from David Morales & Frankie Knuckles, Masters at Work, Tony Moran, Jason Nevins and Tony Humphries.
Speaking at the making of launch event The Velvet RopeJackson said, “This album is so, so close to me.” It was, I would say, among all the albums I’ve made, and especially with Jimmy [Jam] and terry [Lewis], it was the most difficult album to create for me. Jam himself joined the party via a live link.
“I was going through so much in my life,” Jackson continued, “and it was so deep, trying to find and understand who I am, where I fit in. And at the end of the day, how I did with the other albums, just put it down, never keep a diary. I’m sure a lot of you already know that. And I didn’t know if my fans would like that.
“I guess one of the best moments of my life related to this album [was on] on its release day,” she continued. “I was on the 405 freeway, and I was in traffic, I was heading down the valley, coming from Malibu, and someone honked their horn. At that point, at that point, we had CDs.
“And this person kept honking and I happened to look, and there was a girl in the car, and she held back The Velvet Rope CD. And she smiled at me and she just nodded. It made me feel so good. He was the first person to say to me, “Yeah, you did something that I really appreciate. And 25 years later, it’s still #1?
In June, Jackson spoke to Essence about Black Diamondthe new album project she announced immediately before the lockdown in 2020. “It’s so funny because I see fans asking, ‘When are we going to have’Black Diamond‘?’ ‘Will you please release?’ “, Did she say. “There will be music at some point. When exactly ? I can’t say right now… my number one job is being a mom.
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