” Together Again ” is by Janet Jackson ( Janet Damita Jo Jackson ), the American singer-songwriter. The song was written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis and René Elizondo, Jr, who at the time was Janet’s husband.
Production for the song was by Janet, James Harris III and Terry Lewis, who is a top songwriting and record producing team.
The song was released in 1997 by record label Virgin Records and taken as the second single from Janet’s sixth album, The Velvet Rope.
Janet originally intended ” Together Again ” to be a ballad. Instead, the song was rearranged and turned into a more uptempo dance and house song.
The inspiration for the song came through Janet’s pain of losing a friend to AIDS and a letter from a fan in England who had lost his father.
Co-writer and producer James Harris III commented that ” it had a deep meaning for her because it was about a friend she lost to AIDS, but as with all her songs, she tries to make them apply in a general sense to anybody. The idea was to make it a joyous song musically”.
” Together Again ” was liked by music critics, in the English newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick commented that the song was ” delivering a diva-ish performance reminiscent of Diana Ross “.
The BBC called the song a ” thumping great hit, an old-fashioned piece of professional dance music, played perfectly “.
Billboard magazine’s Larry Flick was equally impressed calling the song ” a gorgeous disco ode to loved ones lost to AIDS-related illnesses “.
The song was a commercial success for Janet, in the United States ” Together Again ” entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number nine, from there the song climbed to take the top spot, spending two weeks at Number One and a total of forty-six weeks on the chart.
Janet also clinched the top spot on the US Hot Dance Club Songs and a number eight on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified ” Together Again ” Gold with sales in the region of 800,000.
Outside of the United States, the song was a hit throughout Europe, it reached number two on the Syndicat national de l’édition phonographique ( SNEP ) Chart in France, and Germany Janet reached number two on the GfK Entertainment Charts.
” Together Again ” entered the UK Singles Chart and reached number four, it spent ten weeks in the Top Ten and a total of nineteen weeks on the chart.
With the success of the single, Janet donated part of the song’s sales to The American Foundation for AIDS Research.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 4, Austria (Austria Top 40) 6, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 2, Canadian Top Singles (RPM) 2, Canadian Dance Chart (RPM) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 16, France (SNEP) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 4, Italy (FIMI) 7, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, European Singles Chart 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5, Norway (VG-lista) 11, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 7, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 9, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
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