Join us as we celebrate one of Pop’s biggest songs of all time. This week’s From The Vault pick is Janet Jackson’s 2001 hit ‘All For You,’ which is blowing its 19th anniversary candle this week.
The colorful number was helmed by Jackson alongside longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and was the first single from the diva’s 7th studio album of the same name. It embodied the free-spirited vibe of the project which was released after her second divorce a year prior.
‘All For For You’ was nothing short of smash hit on a global scale. In the UK and France the song peaked at #3, it reached the fifth spot in Australia and was a chart-topper in Canada and in the US. Stateside, it made radio airplay history by becoming the first single to be added to every Pop, Rhythmic, and Urban radio format within its first week of release. Needless to say that in 2001, Janet was indeed the Queen of not just Pop – but Music overall.
Dave Meyers was in tasked with bringing the track to visual life. He opted for a two-dimensional LA set affair which sees Janet riding the subway, hitting the beach with her friends and later on dancing up a storm (including THAT iconic dance break) on Hollywood Boulevard with her gal pals. Both the song and video are considered signature Janet moments and for good reason.
A hit if we ever heard one, ‘All For You’ hasn’t aged one bit and is actually very on-trend with what a lot of successful artists are releasing today (see: Doja Cat’s ‘Say So’, Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’).
With Jackson’s next project, ‘Black Diamond,’ set to drop in a few months, maybe it’s time to touch base with that very sound, which over the course of her career has brought her ample success.
Whatever it is, we’re ready for the next chapter, Queen Janet.