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Watch: Janet Jackson “Got ’til It’s Gone”

One can only imagine how this music video would’ve been received in this political climate.

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Watching music videos you loved as a child decades later as an adult gives you a new lens. Janet Jackson won a Grammy for this excellent visual ode to Black beauty long before it was mainstream and popular to do so and I didn’t realize that until this week.

Janet went introspective (and a little dark) for The Velvet Rope and she gave a lot of interviews in the run-up to the release. One was about “Got ’til It’s Gone” where she said she knew she wanted a rapper somewhere on the album, and when “GTIG” came together, Q-Tip’s voice fit perfectly. In the same interview she talked about being a fan of Joni Mitchell and how rap and folk were both poetry set to music, and that’s how two very disparate artists ended up on the same Janet Jackson song. (Janet actually called Joni Mitchell personally and sent a copy of the song to get permission for the sample, after being told Mitchell would never approve it.)

For the music video, Janet went with Mark Romanek (who has more Grammys for Short Form Music Video than anybody else), and she portrays a lounge singer in South Africa during Apartheid. Joni Mitchell — on a television screen — is the only white face in this video. Whiteness only exists in this space as a target of Black revolution, as the last scene ends with bottles being thrown at a Europeans Only sign. With Beyonce set to release Black Is King in a couple of days and all of the press and petulant backlash from Saltine America taking offense at her pro-Blackness, one can only imagine how “GTIG” would be received in this political climate.

Twenty years after The Velvet Rope, people (including me) made note of Janet Jackson’s love letter to the African diaspora with “Made For Now” through the sound and the fashion and the dance sprinkled throughout the video. But really, Janet has always been that girl. We just pay more attention these days.

 

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Watch: JLo & Maluma “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely”

The two most beautiful people in the world have a couple of new music videos together!

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The two most beautiful people in the world have a couple of new music videos together! Please masturbate watch along with me.

A few things I did not know until this video came out:

ONE
Maluma acts I guess? Supposedly he has a movie coming out next February with Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson, depending on the COVID Movie Schedule, and he had such great chemistry with JLo they decided to record music together.

TWO
JLo has a movie coming out and she’s releasing an album at the same time. Unlike The Wedding Planner movie & J. Lo album that came out together (she’s still the only person to have a #1 movie and #1 album released at the same time), this album is the soundtrack for the movie. She’s going to have about 8 songs, Maluma will have about 3, and they’ll have a couple of duets together.

THREE
This is a pair of those duets and let me just say, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences was indeed remiss in not giving Jenny From The Block her Oscar nomination for simply existing in the world.

 

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Watch: Whitney Houston “Saving All My Love” (1986 Grammys)

Imagine being 23 and already knowing you’re the best in the world at something. What a moment!

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The Emmy Awards were a couple of days ago and I was reminded that Whitney Houston won an actual Emmy for performing a song on the Grammy Awards that she also won a Grammy and an American Music Award for…and when will your fave EVER?!

A couple of things I just learned about this song that I feel the need to share:

  1. It’s a cover! I had no idea, but it was previously recorded as a duet in 1978 by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. One of the songwriters, Michael Masser, heard her sing “The Greatest Love of All” and re-worked his old tune for her album.
  2. Cissy did NOT want her baby singing that song, because they were High Holy Christians and Whitney could not be out there singing about saving her goodies for a married man.
  3. It became Whitney’s first #1 single on the Hot 100, the first of seven consecutive #1 singles — a record that still stands today.

Nippy threw on somebody’s prom dress and one of Tina Turner’s old wigs and ate it up though. Imagine being 23 and already knowing you’re the best in the world at something. What a moment!

(I’m over 30 and I’m mediocre in every way, so I one thousand percent cannot relate.)

 

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Watch: Melanie C “In And Out Of Love”

Sporty Spice releasing bangers 25 years after “Wannabe” really does something for my spirit.

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Mel C has three songs from her upcoming album on an EP and if this is the tone of the project, she is about to release the best pop album of the year. I’m not remotely exaggerating. Go listen to it.

Sporty Spice releasing bangers 25 years after “Wannabe” really does something for my spirit.

 

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