The Velvet Rope

Label
Virgin Records America
Release date
25 Sep 1997
Running length
22 tracks
Running time
73:15

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Janet Jackson - Interlude - Twisted Elegance 0:42 6,852
2 Janet Jackson Featuring Vanessa Mae - Velvet Rope 4:55 1,510
3 Janet Jackson - You 4:42 23,529
4 Janet Jackson Featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell - Got 'Til It's Gone (Feat. Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell) 4:01 305
5 Janet Jackson - Interlude - Speaker Phone 0:54 6,985
6 Janet Jackson - My Need 3:44 21,534
7 Janet Jackson - Interlude - Fasten Your Seatbelts 0:19 174
8 Janet Jackson - Go Deep 4:43 57,765
9 Janet Jackson - Free Xone 4:57 16,548
10 Janet Jackson - Interlude - Memory 0:04 191
11 Janet Jackson - Together Again 4:08 172,635
12 Janet Jackson - Interlude - Online 0:19 190
13 Janet Jackson - Empty 4:32 18,460
14 Janet Jackson - Interlude - Full 0:12 196
15 Janet Jackson - What About 4:24 19,081
16 Janet Jackson - Every Time 4:17 32,577
17 Janet Jackson - Tonight's the Night 5:07 14,635
18 Janet Jackson - I Get Lonely 4:02 62,735
19 Janet Jackson - Rope Burn 4:15 20,057
20 Janet Jackson - Anything 4:54 15,627
21 Janet Jackson - Interlude - Sad 0:10 180
22 Janet Jackson - Special (Contains Hidden Track 'Can't Be Stopped') 7:54 1,309

About this album

“The Velvet Rope” is the sixth studio album by American Dance-pop artist, Janet Jackson. This album was released on October 7, 1997 on Virgin Records. Prior to its debut, Jackson had been at the center of a second high-profile bidding war over her recording contract. Following the release of her first greatest hits compilation Design of a Decade 1986/1996 in 1995, her contract with Virgin allotted her the option to leave the label. The Walt Disney Company attempted to sign her jointly with PolyGram, while Virgin sought to renegotiate her contract in order to retain her. Virgin was able to succeed in their negotiations, with Jackson receiving a historic $80 million dollar contract, making her the world’s highest paid musical act for the second time in her career.
While struggling with a long-term case of depression, she developed the record as a concept album, with introspection as its theme. Its title, The Velvet Rope, is an allusion to an individual’s need to feel special, as well as a metaphor for emotional boundaries. Lyrically, she offers her audience the opportunity to cross her own velvet rope, exploring her feelings of despondency through the course of the album. Although she introduced sexuality into her music with her 1993 studio album Janet, The Velvet Rope takes the concept a step further, encompassing sadomasochism and same-sex relationships, as well as addressing social issues such as homophobia and domestic violence.

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  • caiochaves

    masterpiece. [9] One of those records where I discover something new every time I listen to it. Easily one of the best albums ever made. A continual revelation. [3]

    11 Aug 3:19am Reply
  • DreCart

    шедевр

    7 Jul 5:14am Reply
  • WickedProphet

    masterpiece. [8] One of those records where I discover something new every time I listen to it. Easily one of the best albums ever made. A continual revelation. [2]

    4 Jun 7:23am Reply
  • Bayou16

    90's memories awww

    2 May 1:00am Reply
  • igorgeneration

    masterpiece. [7]

    30 Apr 1:15am Reply
  • XOTIK

    One of those records where I discover something new every time I listen to it. Easily one of the best albums ever made. A continual revelation.

    27 Apr 3:12am Reply
  • Ksimi

    Get the track names right lasfm

    3 Apr 1:33pm Reply
  • Ksimi

    Definitely her best after all these years of listening to Ms. Jackson

    24 Mar 10:56pm Reply
  • St8of_Emergency

    And "Empty" never fails to bring a tear to my eye and bring warmth to my heart

    4 Mar 3:26am Reply
  • St8of_Emergency

    I still can't get over this album. This was the album that opened my eyes to music. May all other albums fade away, this one will stay eternally.

    4 Mar 3:25am Reply
  • TyDy94

    Amazing album, one of the few pop records that I've heard that truly has tons of substance.

    18 Jan 12:49am Reply
  • snowballfudge

    Forgot how good this album is - nice to be reminded...

    9 Jan 12:22am Reply
  • Britch2

    masterpiece. [6]

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • unusualb

    masterpiece. [5]

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gabiuspears

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • letsgo2thestars

    Her best 90's album!

    20 Sep 2013 Reply
  • fashionpack

    masterpiece. [4]

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Rated_T

    masterpiece. [3 ]

    8 Jul 2013 Reply
  • electricoracle

    masterpiece. [2]

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Bobble_Head

    My favourite Janet album followed by janet.!

    22 May 2013 Reply
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