"Escapade" is the third single from American R&B-pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989).
"Escapade" was inspired by the Martha & the Vandellas 1965 single "Nowhere to Run", which Jackson originally intended to remake, but instead choose to record a new song with a similar feel after a suggestion from producer Jimmy Jam.
Written by Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in early March 1990, becoming Jackson's third number-one single. It also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts, and was certified gold by the RIAA.
Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours, including the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, and Rock Witchu Tour.
The music video for the song, directed by Peter Smillie, takes place at a Mardi Gras-like carnival. On April 27, 2007, the video was made available on the iTunes Store.
The song was also featured on a Japan Airlines commercial in 1990.
"Escapade" is set in common time with a key of A♭ major. Jackson's vocal chords ranges between the tonal nodes of high-tone Ab3 to low-tone Eb5. The song is in a medium dance groove tempo of 120 beats per minute with the chord progression being set like Am–E–Gb.
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