On this day in music history: September 19, 1983 - “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” by Michael Jackson is released. Written by Quincy Jones and James Ingram, it is the sixth single released from the “Thriller” album. The song initially begins as a demo by Jackson and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes after producer Quincy Jones suggests the title to Michael. The song takes its title from a brand of lingerie worn by Jones’ then wife Peggy Lipton Jones. When the initial demo is not considered suitable to fashion into a finished studio track, it will be completely re-written by Quincy Jones and James Ingram except for the title. Though a sizeable hit at the time of its release, the record will be in direct competition with “Say, Say, Say” (released on October 3, 1983), Jackson’s second duet with Paul McCartney, resulting in a lower chart placement than any of the previous singles from “Thriller”, and will be on and off the radio in a relatively short time span. During the 2000’s, it will become a huge recurrent airplay favorite on R&B oldies radio, receiving more spins than it did as a new release. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” will peak at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #46 on the R&B singles chart. The original demo version of “P.Y.T.” will surface on Jackson’s box set collection “The Ultimate Collection” in 2004.
On this day in music history: September 19, 1989 - “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814”, the fourth album by Janet Jackson is released. Produced by Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson, Jellybean Johnson, and John McClain, it is recorded at Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis, MN from September 1988 - May 1989. Issued as the follow up to the hugely successful “Control” album, it is a concept album with many of the songs touching on the subject of social injustice. Half of the albums twelve songs will be either co-written or written by Janet herself. The ambitious project will be supported with both an accompanying long form music video (which will win a Grammy Award for Best Longform Video in 1990), and her first major tour. The album is extremely well received by fans and critics, and will become the only album in history to spin off seven top five singles, including four number one pop, and three number one R&B singles. “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” will spend four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, three weeks (non-consecutive) on the R&B album chart, and is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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limewire lmao I forgot that was a thing woww. my memory
In twenty years this generation will have a list similar to this but it was fun to reminisce over this stuff..especially waiting for that one song so you could hit the record button