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"Come Back to Me"

U.S. and Japanese CD single cover
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
B-side (see track listings)
Released June 18, 1990
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" maxi single
Recorded 1989
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Genre R&B, pop
Length 5:32 (LP version)
5:38 (Design of a Decade version)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Alright"
(1990)
"Come Back to Me"
(1990)
"Black Cat"
(1990)
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 track listing
"Lonely"
(17)
"Come Back to Me"
(18)
"Someday Is Tonight"
(19)
Design of a Decade 1986/1996 track listing
"That's the Way Love Goes"
(13)
"Come Back to Me"
(14)
"Let's Wait Awhile"
(15)
Alternate covers
UK CD single cover
UK CD single cover
UK 12" single cover
UK 12" single cover
UK double 12" promo single cover
UK double 12" promo single cover

"Come Back to Me" is the fifth single from American R&B-pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989).

Contents

Song information

The song was written by Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis and produced by Harris and Lewis. A remix of the original song appears on Jackson's first greatest hits compilation, 1996's Design of a Decade 1986/1996.

The single contains the B-side "The Skin Game Pt. 1". "The Skin Game Pt. 2" is an instrumental which appears exclusively on selected releases. Jackson also recorded the song in Spanish, titled "Vuelve a Mi" which also appears on selected releases. In the UK, the song was released as a double A-side co-featuring "Alright".

In 2008 the song was sampled on Plies' "Bust It Baby Pt. 2" featuring Ne-Yo. Jackson would be featured on the official remix to the song, "Bust It Baby Pt. 3", which leaked to the Internet.

Jackson has performed the song on her tours, including the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, All for You Tour, and Rock Witchu Tour. It was not included on The Velvet Rope Tour.

An instrumental version of the song was played on Michael Jackson's Dangerous World Tour during an interlude between songs, and can be heard on the Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour DVD.

Chart performance

The song reached number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (behind Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love"), becoming another top five single from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. It also became Jackson's first—and so far only—number-one hit on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. Internationally, it failed to reach the top twenty-five in Canada, peaked at number twenty on the UK Singles Chart, and did poorly in Australia.

Music video

Directed by Dominic Sena, the video is set in Paris, where Jackson deals with the former lover leaving her. She reminisces about her and the good moments spent with her former lover. The male lead in the video was René Elizondo, Jr., whom she would marry a year later. The video shows the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, the Gare d'Austerlitz, the Champs de Mars area, and the view from Montmartre, among others. It appears on the video compilation Design of a Decade 1986/1996 and was released on iTunes on May 4, 2007.

Track listings and formats

UK double 12" promo single (USAT 681)[1]
  1. "Alright" (12" House Mix) – 7:07
  2. "Alright" (Hip House Dub) – 6:40
  3. "Alright" (Acappella) – 3:26
  4. "Alright" (12" R&B Mix) – 7:17
  5. "Alright" (House Dub) – 5:58
  6. "Alright" (7" House Mix With Rap) – 5:35
  7. "Alright" (7" House Mix) – 4:21
  8. "Alright" (R&B Mix) – 4:34
  9. I'm Beggin' You Mix – 5:33
  10. The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:19
  11. LP Instrumental – 5:15
UK 12" single (USAF681)[2]
  1. The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:19
  2. "Alright" (12" R&B Mix) – 7:17
  3. "Alright" (House Dub) – 5:58
UK CD single (USACD681)[3]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. "Alright" (7" R&B Mix) – 4:34
  3. "Alright" (7" House Mix With Rap) – 5:35
U.S. 12" single (SP-12345)[4]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. I'm Beggin' You Mix – 5:33
  3. LP Instrumental – 5:15
  4. "The Skin Game, Part I" – 6:43
  5. "The Skin Game, Part II" – 6:37
Japanese 3" CD single (PCDY-10015)[5]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. "Vuelve a Mi" – 5:15
Japanese CD maxi single (PCCY-10131)[6]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. I'm Beggin' You Mix – 5:33
  3. "Vuelve a Mi" – 5:15
  4. The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:19
  5. LP Version – 5:35
  6. LP Instrumental – 5:15
  7. "Vuelve a Mi" (Spanish) – 5:21
  8. "The Skin Game, Part I" – 6:43
  9. "The Skin Game, Part II" – 6:37

Official remixes

  • Album Version – 5:33
  • Instrumental – 5:17
  • 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:47
  • 12" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 5:34
  • The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:18
  • "Vuelve a Mi" – 5:13
  • "Vuelve a Mi" (Spanish) – 5:21

Charts

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[7] 27
Irish Singles Chart[8] 21
UK Singles Chart[9] 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[10] 17
Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[11] 79

References

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