Janet Jackson - Escapade

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Music video by Janet Jackson performing Escapade. 

(C) 1989 A&M Records

"Escapade" is a song by American R&B/pop entertainer Janet Jackson, released as the third single from her fourth studio album Rhythm Nation 1814.

The song was released following Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" single and became the third of the historic seven top five singles released from the Rhythm Nation 1814 album. The song's music video takes place at an exotic carnival setting, also featuring Jackson's trademark intense choreography. The song and its video has influenced other songs and music videos from several artists, who have cited influence from its upbeat tempo and joyous feel.

"Escapade" won a BMI Pop Award for Most Played Song due to its frequent airplay and popularity among the general public, and was also performed by Jackson in her Japanese commercials for Japan Airlines. The song appears in Dance Central 2 as DLC. It has been included in each of Jackson's greatest hits albums Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995), Number Ones (2009) and Icon: Number Ones (2010).

The music video for the song was directed by Peter Smillie and takes place at a Mardi Gras-like carnival. 

The song peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in early March, becoming Jackson's third number-one single. It also topped the R&B Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song was notably her sixth consecutive number one single on the R&B Songs chart, tying a record previously held by singer Louis Jordan over forty years prior. The song also reached number 1 in Canada and Japan, as well as the top fifteen of Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, and New Zealand, as well as the top twenty in the United Kingdom and Germany, also reaching the top twenty-five in Australia and France. However, the song did not have a physical single released in many territories, which affected its chart positions despite strong airplay. Jackson's popularity on music channels such as MTV worldwide also secured her high album sales, with her Rhythm Nation 1814 album more than doubling its domestic sales internationally.

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