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"Black Cat"
File:Janet jackson black cat us promo cd single cover.jpg
U.S. 12" single and U.S. promo CD single cover
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
B-side "The 1814 Megamix"
Released September 4, 1990
Format 7" single, 12" maxi single, CD single, cassette single
Recorded May 1989
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
Genre Hard rock, Glam rock, Psychedelic rock
Length 4:50
Label A&M
Writer(s) Janet Jackson
Producer Janet Jackson, Jellybean Johnson
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology

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"Come Back to Me"
(1990)
"Black Cat"
(1990)
"Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
(1990)
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Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 track listing
"Interlude: No Acid"
(15)
"Black Cat"
(16)
"Lonely"
(17)
Design of a Decade 1986/1996 track listing
"The Pleasure Principle"
(10)
"Black Cat"
(11)
"Rhythm Nation"
(12)
Alternate covers
German and Australian CD single cover
German and Australian CD single cover
UK limited edition 12" single cover
UK limited edition 12" single cover
Japanese CD single cover
Japanese CD single cover
Audio sample
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"Black Cat" is the sixth single from American pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989).

Song informationEdit

Unlike the dance-pop infused songs Jackson had released before, this song was strictly a hard rock production. It was written solely by Jackson and co-produced with one of the song's guitarists, Jellybean Johnson. The song became Jackson's fourth chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100.

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.

GuitaristsEdit

For the album version of "Black Cat", most of the guitar lines were played by Dave Barry, including the intro, main riff, and a memorable thematic solo. Barry consequently became Janet's longtime touring guitarist. John McClain, A&R executive for A&M Records, provided the slide-guitar part, while Jellybean Johnson played the funky guitar part at the very end of the song. Although credited on the album, Jesse Johnson provided a guitar solo that was not used for the album version, but is featured in each of the remixes.

Several "Black Cat" remixes include Nuno Bettencourt on rhythm guitar.

ReleasesEdit

The B-side on some of the releases features "The 1814 Megamix". Remixed by Alan Coulthard, it includes snippets of Jackson's previous hit singles "Alright", "Escapade", "Rhythm Nation", and "Miss You Much". The megamix does not appear on any other release from Jackson.

Music videoEdit

Directed by Wayne Isham, the video for "Black Cat" was a concert video from her Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour. The video appears on the video releases The Rhythm Nation Compilation and Design of a Decade 1986/1996. On April 27, 2007, the video was released on the iTunes Store.

Track listings and formatsEdit

Canadian cassette single (75021 1477 4)[1]
  1. Video Mix / Short Solo – 4:31
  2. Album Version – 4:50
Australian 7" single (390548-7)[2]
  1. Edit Version – 4:30
  2. "Lonely" – 4:59
UK 7" single (AM 587)
  1. Edit Version – 4:30
  2. "The 1814 Megamix" (Edit) – 4:36
UK 12" promo single (AMYDJ 587)[3]
  1. "The 1814 Megamix" (Full Version) – 7:24
  2. 3 Snaps Up 12" – 7:31
  3. Edit Version – 4:30
UK 12" single (AMY587)[4]
UK 12" single (AMX587) (limited edition with badge and four live color postcards)[5]
  1. 3 Snaps Up 12" – 7:31
  2. Album Version – 4:50
  3. "The 1814 Megamix" (Full Version) – 7:24
German CD single (390 572-2)[6]
  1. Edit Version – 4:30
  2. "The 1814 Megamix" (Full Version) – 7:24
  3. 3 Snaps Up 12" – 7:31
German CD maxi single (397 098-2)[7]
  1. Edit Version – 4:30
  2. Video Mix / Short Solo – 4:31
  3. Video Mix / Long Solo – 4:48
  4. Featuring Vernon Reid – 4:48
  5. 3 Snaps Up 7" – 4:24
  6. Funky 7" – 4:41
  7. 3 Snaps Up 12" – 7:31
  8. Funky 12" – 5:45
  9. 3 Snaps Up Dub – 6:12
  10. "The 1814 Megamix" (Full Version) – 7:24
U.S. 12" single (SP-12348)[8]
Australian 12" single (390 548-1, 390 548-1)[9]
  1. Funky 12" – 5:45
  2. Funky 7" – 4:41
  3. Video Mix / Short Solo – 4:31
  4. 3 Snaps Up 12" – 7:31
  5. 3 Snaps Up 7" – 4:24
  6. 3 Snaps Up Dub – 6:12
U.S. promo CD single (75021 7972 2)[10]
Japanese CD single (PCCY-10144)[11]
  1. Video Mix / Short Solo – 4:31
  2. Video Mix / Long Solo – 4:48
  3. Edit Version – 4:30
  4. Featuring Vernon Reid – 4:48
  5. 3 Snaps Up 7" – 4:24
  6. Funky 7" – 4:41
  7. 3 Snaps Up 12" – 7:31
  8. Funky 12" – 5:45
  9. 3 Snaps Up Dub – 6:12
Japanese 3" CD single (PCDY-10017)[12]
  1. Video Mix / Short Solo – 4:31
  2. Featuring Vernon Reid – 4:48

Official remixesEdit

  • Album Version – 4:50
  • Edit Version – 4:28
  • Video Mix Long Solo (additional rhythm guitars by Nuno Bettencourt) – 4:48
  • Video Mix Short Solo (additional rhythm guitars by Nuno Bettencourt) – 4:31
  • 3 Snaps Up 7" – 4:24
  • 3 Snaps Up 12" – 7:31
  • 3 Snaps Up Dub – 6:12
  • Funky 7" – 4:41
  • Funky 12" – 5:44
  • Guitar Mix featuring Vernon Reid – 4:46

ChartsEdit

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[13] 6
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[14] 33
Canadian Singles Chart[15] 9
Dutch Top 40[16] 21
Finnish Singles Chart[17] 6
German Singles Chart[18] 34
Irish Singles Chart[19] 11
New Zealand Singles Chart[13] 25
Chart (1990) Peak
position
Norwegian Singles Chart[13] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[13] 16
Swiss Singles Chart[13] 10
UK Singles Chart[20] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[21] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[21] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[21] 17

ReferencesEdit

  1. Janet Jackson - Black Cat
  2. Janet Jackson Black Cat Australia 7" RECORD (309971)
  3. Janet Jackson - The 1814 Megamix / Black Cat
  4. Janet Jackson Black Cat UK 12" RECORD/MAXI SINGLE (17684)
  5. Janet Jackson Black Cat - World Tour Pack UK 12" RECORD/MAXI SINGLE (11745)
  6. Janet Jackson - Black Cat
  7. Janet Jackson - Black Cat
  8. Janet Jackson - Black Cat
  9. Janet Jackson - Black Cat
  10. Janet Jackson - Black Cat
  11. Janet Jackson Black Cat Japan 5" CD SINGLE (4419)
  12. Janet Jackson Black Cat Japan Promo 3" CD SINGLE (299684)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 "Janet Jackson – Black Cat – swisscharts.com". 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. swisscharts.com. http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Janet+Jackson&titel=Black+Cat&cat=s. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  14. "Janet in Belgium". 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/BelgiumJanet.htm. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  15. "Janet in Canada". 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/Canadajanet.htm. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  16. "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 42 – 1990" (in Dutch). 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Top 40. http://www.top40.nl/index.aspx?week=42&jaar=1990. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  17. "Janet in Finland". 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. MJJ Charts. http://www.mjjcharts.com/FinlandJanet.htm. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  18. "Musicline.de – Janet Jackson – Black Cat" (in German). 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Musicline.de. http://musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/title/JACKSON%2CJANET/Black+Cat/single. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  19. "The Irish Charts". 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. IRMA. http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  20. "Chart Stats – Janet Jackson – Black Cat". 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Chart Stats. http://www.chartstats.com/songinfo.php?id=18025. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Rhythm Nation 1814 > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". 25px Hello. In case you didn't know, when you add the title of a book, film, album, magazine, or TV series to an article, it should be italicized by adding two single apostrophes on either side ('' ''). Titles of television episodes, short stories and songs should be placed within quotation marks. More detail can be found in the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:g9frxq95ld6e~T31. Retrieved on 2009-04-09. 
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