From The Vault: Janet Jackson – ‘I Want You’

Published: Sunday 31st Mar 2024 by Sam

Time flies, but the truest gems shine on eternally.

So, with Janet Jackson‘s criminally underrated ‘Damita Jo’ celebrating its milestone 20th anniversary, what better time than the present to salute one of its many high notes – ‘I Want You.’

Co-produced by a then-rising Kanye West alongside Jackson and her longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the doo-wop-inspired cut was serviced as the second single from its housing album.

Renowned for her high-octane anthems and their accompanying videos, Jackson drove in a markedly different direction with the track.

A romantic serenade, the song saw Jackson profess her love for her boo.

Its lush visual was lensed by Dave Meyers and saw the Pop Queen navigating her way to her man – striking that trademark smile throughout. The clip features a cameo from Jackson’s then-partner Jermaine Dupri.

Much like the ‘Damita Jo’ project (which opened with one of the year’s biggest first-week sales), the dark cloud of the Super Bowl 2004 fiasco unfortunately clipped the wings of the release. Indeed, with limited TV and radio play, ‘I Want You’ peaked at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Fast forward to today and with the climate and narrative of the episode firmly in Jackson’s favor, we hope that more of the masses dive into the brilliance of the ‘Damita Jo’ album, era, and visuals.

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  1. Shakeisha March 31, 2024

    As the first single for an album…it is boring. Whack. Unmemorable. Keep it. Damita Jo had better tracks than this one to showcase.

  2. Bey-A-Culpa March 31, 2024

    Absolutely adorable

  3. Miss. Ling Ling March 31, 2024

    The song flopped after she exposed her n I p intentionally on Super Bowl. JT took the blame just because he was agreeing to rip her bra off.

  4. Miss. Ling Ling March 31, 2024

    Where is Black diamond? She better exposed her other nip as well.

  5. eric March 31, 2024

    This was the first album where she really broke away from Jimmy & Terry and I didn’t know what to think about it. Some of the songs I liked immediately, and others like “I Want You” grew on me after a long time.

  6. Keith March 31, 2024

    Loved this record! Hope she brings it into the summer tour setlist…

  7. James April 1, 2024

    This album is phenomenal. There’s a little bit of everything on it.
    Whenever I play it people always show interest in the album.
    It’s a gem.

  8. MecostaDenada April 1, 2024

    I love Janet!

  9. David April 2, 2024

    I want you definitely wasn’t a flop. Did the incident hender the success of the song on Radio yes. But that wasn’t in the road like the artical implies . I want you was on the first records to be certified platinum through digital sales along. The record is historical in terms of the format of purchase

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