What Have You Done for Me Lately Janet Jackson
Song Title: What Have You Done for Me Lately
Artist: Janet Jackson
Date of release: 13th of January 1986
Description: ” What Have You Done for Me Lately ” is by Janet Jackson ( Janet Damita Jo Jackson ), the American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Janet is the youngest child of the Jackson family, her career began with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on to appear in other television shows during the 1970s and early part of the 80s, which included Good Times and Fame.
In 1982, after she signed a contract with A&M Records, Janet became a pop icon following the release of her 1986 Album, Control.
” What Have You Done for Me Lately ” was written by Janet Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis ( who produced the track ). James Harris III and Terry Lewis are an American R&B songwriting and record production team. The successful songwriters and producers have notched up 31 top ten hit singles in the UK and 41 in the US. They have worked with artists like Mariah Carey, The Human League, Boyz II Men, Usher and George Michael.
The song was released on the 13th of January 1986 by record label A&M Records ( Universal Music Group ) and taken as the lead single from Janet’s third Album Control. The Album, released on the 4th of February 1986, made its debut at number 102 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Black Albums on the 22nd of February 22 that year.
After twenty weeks the Album reached Number One on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Black Albums chart. Janet set a female artist record after selling 250,000 copies in a single week. Since 1991, Control has sold over 6,379,000 copies in the United States after its debut. Worldwide sales are in excess of ten million copies.
” What Have You Done for Me Lately ” deals with many problems people find in a relationship, mostly from a woman’s point of view. Originally written for one of James Harris III and Terry Lewis’s own records, the lyrics were rewritten to reflect Janet’s feelings about her recent divorce from James DeBarge.
The accompanying music video was directed by Brian Jones and Piers Ashworth. Filmed in December 1985, the video also features Rudy Huston as the boyfriend and was choreographed by Paula Abdul, who also appears in the video as Janet’s friend.
” What Have You Done for Me Lately ” was a commercial success for Janet. In the United States the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at number 95, it climbed to eventually peak at number 4. It spent a total of 21 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom the song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 67 on the 22nd of March 1986, it went on to reach a peak of number 3 on May 3. It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and a total of 14 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 4
UK Highest Chart Position: 3
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 6, Belgium (Wallonia Ultratop 50) 7, Canadian Top Singles (RPM) 6, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Germany (Media Control Charts) 8, Ireland (Chart-Track) 10, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 27, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 19, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 9
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