This Day In Music History

This Day In Music History : October 7, 1989

On this day, “Miss You Much” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Miss You Much” is a song recorded by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released as the lead single from Jackson’s fourth studio album, Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest-running number one of 1989. “Miss You Much” was the second-best selling single of 1989, and the biggest radio airplay song of the year. It is Jackson’s third longest running number-one single, behind “That’s The Way Love Goes” and “All For You”, which spent eight and seven weeks at number one.

The song received two Grammy Award nominations, and was awarded two American Music Awards and a Billboard Award for Top Hot 100 Single of the Year. It has been included in each of Jackson’s greatest hits albums, Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995), Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).

Its music video is considered iconic for its choreography and chair routine, and has been referenced by various artists. “Miss You Much” has inspired videos from Britney Spears, and was covered in the Korean film 200 Pounds Beauty, also being sampled by artists such as 50 Cent.

Heavy anticipation and radio airplay during the late summer allowed “Miss You Much” to debut at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 2, 1989, soaring to the number 1 spot within five weeks, where it remained for four weeks. It was the biggest airplay hit of the year, and fifth biggest overall, also peaking atop the Hot Dance Club Play and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The song was the second best-selling single of the year, behind only Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise”. It reached number 2 in Canada and New Zealand, and the top twenty of Australia, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. It peaked within the top twenty five in the United Kingdom, although its accompanying album reached the top five.

The video for “Miss You Much” was directed by Dominic Sena and choreographed by Anthony Thomas. It was filmed in August 1989 as part of the long-form Rhythm Nation 1814 film. The black-and-white video begins with dancers gathered at a pool hall, gossiping about Jackson and her boyfriend. Jackson enters the room as her dancers suddenly become quiet and look at her. One dancer asks Jackson what she has been doing lately. She jokingly responds, before demonstrating her love through song and dance. The end of the video cuts out a final dance routine performed with chairs, choreographed by Terry Bixler.

The video’s choreography and chair routine are regarded as iconic in popular culture. The chair routine is available on the Rhythm Nation Compilation DVD.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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