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Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation 1814” is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. And MadameNoire compiled a list of secrets about the making of the legendary album, which balanced socially-conscious messages and relationship ills. As the follow up to her mainstream breakthrough, “Control,” this groundbreaking album continued Jackson’s journey of breaking down barriers for
Black female entertainers — including having the most popular tour by a debut artist ever, “The Rhythm Nation World Tour.” It was a turning point in Jackson’s career. She went from a pop star to a pop icon — comparable to her brother Michael Jackson and Madonna’s iconic status.

We bet you didn’t know the album was the most popular album of 1990, is the only album that had seven top five hits on Billboard Hot 100 and is the only album to have number one pop hits in three calendar years. “Miss You Much” peaked at number one in 1989; “Rhythm Nation” at number two in 1989; “Escapade” secured the number one spot in 1990; “Alright” peaked at number four in 1990; “Come Back to Me” was number two in 1990; “Black Cat” peaked at number one in 1990; and “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” clutched number one in early 1991.

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