Miss You Much

"Miss You Much"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
B-side "You Need Me"
Released August 22, 1989
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1988–1989;
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Genre R&B, pop, new jack swing
Length 4:12
Label A&M
Writer(s) James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"2300 Jackson Street"
(1988)
"Miss You Much"
(1989)
"Rhythm Nation"
(1989)

"Miss You Much" is the lead single from American R&B and pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Contents

Song information

Much was riding on the song, as it would either prove or disprove detractors of Jackson, who thought she was a fluke and a one-hit-album wonder. As it happened, it became one of Jackson's biggest-selling singles to date, hitting number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, and becoming her second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stood for four weeks. The song sold over four million copies, becoming the biggest-selling song of 1989. Apart from the United States, the song peaked at number two in Canada and managed to reach the top twenty in Australia and many European countries.

Jackson was honored with two American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Single and Favorite Dance Single for "Miss You Much", and was nominated for Favorite Dance Artist and a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The single also won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. The single contains a B-side called "You Need Me", an outtake from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. The song is about Jackson's personal feelings about her father, and how the tables are turned, that now he needs her. At the time of its release there were reports that the B-side was the product of Jackson's record labels pressure on her in an attempt to produce specifically "Control Part 2" which reportedly was to address the rumors that remained in the press regarding her personal life and family. Jackson never caved in and followed the alleged orders to produce the project beyond this single track and therefore it is considered autobiographical and a collectors' item.

Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours, including the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, and Rock Witchu Tour. It was also included in her current tour, Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.

Chart performance

Heavy anticipation and pre-retail-single radio airplay during the late summer of 1989 allowed "Miss You Much" to debut at number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 2, 1989, and soared to the number-one spot in five weeks, by October 7, 1989, where it remained for four weeks; easily becoming the biggest hit of 1989 in terms of weeks at number one. (Phil Collins would match this feat the week of December 23, 1989 with "Another Day in Paradise".)

Music video

The video for "Miss You Much" was directed by Dominic Sena and choreographed by Anthony Thomas in early August 1989 and is a part of the Rhythm Nation 1814 Film. The black-and-white video begins with dancers hanging out at a pool hall gossiping about Jackson and her boyfriend. Jackson enters the room and her dancers look at her. One dancer asks Jackson what she has been up to. She calls them nosey, and then demonstrates her love through song and dance. The end of the video cuts out a final dance routine performed with chairs (choreographed by Terry Bixler). The chair routine can be found on the Rhythm Nation Compilation CD and DVD.

Official versions/remixes

  • Album Version – 4:12
  • Design of a Decade International Edit – 3:51
  • A Cappella – 3:25
  • 7" Edit – 3:55
  • Mama Mix – 7:24
  • Oh I Like That Mix – 4:56
  • Sing It Yourself Mix – 4:19
  • Shep's 7" House Mix – 4:56
  • Shep's House Mix – 8:45
  • Shep's House Dub – 6:05
  • Slammin' 7" R&B Mix – 4:17
  • Slammin' R&B Mix – 7:45
  • Slammin' Dub – 5:48
  • The Bass You Much Mix/That Bass You Much Mix – 4:20

Track listings

International 7" single/Japan 3" CD/International cassette single
  1. "Miss You Much" (7" edit)
  2. "You Need Me"
Japan maxi CD single
  1. "Miss You Much" (7" edit) – 3:57
  2. "Miss You Much" (Mama Mix) – 7:24
  3. "Miss You Much" (Slammin' R&B Mix) – 7:37
  4. "Miss You Much" (Shep's House Mix) – 8:38
  5. "Miss You Much" (Shep's House Dub) – 6:03
  6. "Miss You Much" (Slammin' Dub) – 5:45
  7. "Miss You Much" (7" R&B Remix) – 4:17
  8. "Miss You Much" (7" House Mix) – 4:56
  9. "Miss You Much" (7" Slammin' R&B Mix) – 4:28
  10. "Miss You Much" (That Bass You Much Mix) – 4:22
  11. "Miss You Much" (Oh I Like That Mix) – 4:58
  12. "Miss You Much" (Sing It Yourself Mix) – 4:21
  13. "Miss You Much" (a cappella) – 3:26
UK maxi CD single
  1. "Miss You Much" (7" edit)
  2. "Miss You Much" (Mama Mix)
  3. "You Need Me"
UK 12" single
  1. "Miss You Much" (Mama Mix)
  2. "Miss You Much" (Oh I Like That Mix)
  3. "You Need Me"
International 12" single
  1. "Miss You Much" (Mama Mix)
  2. "Miss You Much" (Sing It Yourself Mix)
  3. "Miss You Much" (Oh I Like That Mix)
  4. "You Need Me"
International CD single
  1. "Miss You Much" (7" edit)
  2. "Miss You Much" (Mama Mix)
  3. "Miss You Much" (Sing It Yourself Mix)
  4. "You Need Me"
US 12" promo/West Germany 12" single – The Shep Pettibone Mixes
  1. "Miss You Much" (Slammin' R&B Mix) – 7:45
  2. "Miss You Much" (Slammin' Dub) – 5:48
  3. "Miss You Much" (a cappella) – 3:25
  4. "Miss You Much" (Shep's House Mix) – 8:45
  5. "Miss You Much" (Shep's House Dub) – 6:05
  6. "Miss You Much" (The Bass You Much Mix) – 4:20
West Germany CD maxi – The Shep Pettibone Mixes
  1. "Miss You Much" (7" Slammin' R&B Mix) – 4:30
  2. "Miss You Much" (7" House Mix) – 4:55
  3. "Miss You Much" (7" R&B Mix) – 4:20
  4. "Miss You Much" (Slammin' R&B Mix) – 7:45
Australian 12" picture disc
  1. "Miss You Much" (Slammin R&B Mix)
  2. "Miss You Much" (Slammin Dub)
  3. "Miss You Much" (Shep's House Mix)
  4. "Miss You Much" (Shep's House Dub)

In popular culture

  • The song was used in one of the opening scenes of the 1990 film Ghost Dad, starring Bill Cosby.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic included the chorus in his polka medley "Polka Your Eyes Out" from his 1992 album Off the Deep End.
  • The song was remade in the 2005 South Korean comedy film 200 Pounds Beauty by Korean singer Youme. It is sung in the film by fictional Korean pop singer Ammy.
  • During MTV's first ever mtvICON in 2001, Jackson was paid tribute to by singers Pink, Usher, and Mýa. Pink paid tribute by re-enacting the chair dance routine from the music video.

Charts

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[1] 12
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[2] 21
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 2
Dutch Top 40[4] 15
Finnish Singles Chart[5] 20
French Singles Chart[6] 66
German Singles Chart[7] 16
Irish Singles Chart[8] 22
Italian Singles Chart[9] 22
New Zealand Singles Chart[1] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 20
UK Singles Chart[10] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[11] 1

End of year charts

End of year chart (1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 5

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" by Milli Vanilli
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 7, 1989 – October 28, 1989
Succeeded by
"Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette
Preceded by
Life Is a Dance - The Remix Project by Chaka Khan
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
October 7, 1989 – October 14, 1989
Succeeded by
"French Kiss" by Lil Louis
Preceded by
"Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" by Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
October 14, 1989 – October 21, 1989
Succeeded by
"Baby Come to Me" by Regina Belle

References

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  2. ^ "Janet in Belgium". MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/BelgiumJanet.htm. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Janet in Canada". MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/Canadajanet.htm. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 39 – 1989" (in Dutch). Radio 538. Top 40. http://www.top40.nl/index.aspx?week=39&jaar=1989. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Janet in Finland". MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/FinlandJanet.htm. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Janet in France". MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/FranceJanet.htm. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – Chartverfolgung – Janet Jackson – Miss You Much" (in German). Media Control. Musicline.de. http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/title/JACKSON%2CJANET/Miss+You+Much/single. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. irishcharts.ie. http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Janet in Italy". MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/ItalyJanet.htm. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats – Janet Jackson – Miss You Much". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=16770. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c "Rhythm Nation 1814 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r10043. Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  12. ^ http://longboredsurfer.com/charts/1989.php

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