The general public is revisiting Janet Jackson‘s ‘New Agenda’ as the world faces an uncertain future.
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If it wasn’t for our mothers there would be no brothers
And if it wasn’t for our sisters there would be no misters
So it ain’t nothing but an us thing
She’s strong and that’s a fact
Not it’s time for us to take up the slack
Step it up, step it up time to go to work
‘New’ appears on Janet’s self-titled album and features Chuck D. On it, the pair celebrate black women’s contributions to the community even in the face of sexism and adversity and condemned the world’s efforts to erase Africa’s history from the minds of her people.
As the world mourns the deaths of several African-American civilians, it appears that ‘Agenda’, along with her mega hit ‘Rhythm Nation (1 billion streams)‘, is pulling many music lovers through what may be one of the darkest moments of their lives.
— Ray V. (@charmedray) June 30, 2020
— Tyson Pruitt (@Tyson_Pruitt) June 19, 2020
“A Janet Jackson lyric is portrayed on a protest sign as about 300 people march during a Black Lives Matter youth protest against raciai injustice and inequality on Friday, June 12, 2020 in downtown Flint. (Jake May | https://t.co/UVpabWc62R)” #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Gw0jBpug3e
— aimeetoons 🌈❤ (@aimeetoons) June 13, 2020
The sum of the renewed interest in the work? An estimated 100 million streams.
As of this week the single has been streamed 100 million times across all platforms thanks to a wave of streams garnered on Tik Tok, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, Google Music, unofficial uploads of the track’s audio file and a wave of user-uploaded videos designed to tribute the icon.
The ‘Janet’ album has sold over 14 million units worldwide.
— Red Riding Hood (@MJs_Angela) June 6, 2020
Oooo I’ll play this today. Been listening to ‘New Agenda’ again.
— Jon Larkin (@jonnylarkin) June 5, 2020
WHEW THAT JANET JACKSON NEW AGENDA IS HITTIN HARD ‼️ pic.twitter.com/sjsemvEDMB
— krt (@kvninv) June 1, 2020
your songs – state of the world, new agenda and rhythm nation and the knowledge have never felt so app and needed now love always xxx
— jeremy bedford (@jaylee1814) May 31, 2020
— PacePoetry (@PacePoetry) May 29, 2020
#NowPlaying Janet Jackson featuring Chuck D – New Agenda
— Montrez Jones (@jones_montrez) May 18, 2020
I’ve heard “no” too many times
But with every “no” i grow in strength
That is why
I stand tall with pride.
As for 1989’s ‘Rhythm Nation‘?
That song’s streaming figures (official and unofficial) stomp to the beat of 1 billion streams.
Powering its shapely figure? 21 million views generated by its official music video on YouTube and astronomical digits which can be found on all major streaming services which house a library of remixes released to extend its original chart run.
If you need me, I’ll be jamming to the “This is Janet Jackson” playlist on Spotify. Happy Sunday.
— JaY (@JaYbaKe) July 5, 2020