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"Together Again"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album The Velvet Rope
Released December 2, 1997
Format CD single, CD maxi single, cassette single, cassette maxi single, 12" maxi single, 7" single
Recorded 1997
Genre Dance-pop, house
Length 5:01 (album version)
4:07 (radio edit)
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, René Elizondo, Jr.
Producer Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification (see certifications)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Got 'til It's Gone"
(1997)
"Together Again"
(1997)
"I Get Lonely"
(1998)
The Velvet Rope track listing
"Free Xone"
(9)
"Together Again"
(11)
"Empty"
(13)
Alternate cover
U.S. promo CD single cover

"Together Again" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her sixth studio album, The Velvet Rope (1997). Produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it was released as the album's second single, and achieved commercial success worldwide by selling over 6 million copies, and to date, the song is Jackson's best selling single.

Contents

Song information

The song was a tribute from Jackson to friends who had recently passed from AIDS, as stated on album booklet of The Velvet Rope. Originally written as a ballad, the track was re-arranged as a dance song. The song became Jackson's eighth number one on the Billboard Hot 100—the only U.S. chart-topper from The Velvet Rope—and peaked at number eight on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single sold nearly six million copies worldwide, and became one of the biggest-selling singles from a female artist in the history of the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at number four. The song is Jackson's biggest international single, reaching the top five and the top ten in many countries.

Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours since its release, as the closing number, The Velvet Rope Tour and All for You Tour while the Rock Witchu Tour saw it moved to the middle of the setlist. Also, this song was in the ending of "Janet Megamix 04".

Composition

"Together Again" is set in common time with a key of C major. Jackson's vocal chords ranges between the tonal nodes of high-tone A3 to low-tone D5. The song is in a moderate tempo of 120 beats per minute with the chord progression being set like C–Gm6–Bm–A–Dm–Gm–Dm.[1]

Chart performance

As the first official single from her album The Velvet Rope (after the radio-only U.S. single "Got 'til It's Gone"), the single was highly anticipated. Before its official release it was enjoying heavy airplay in North America. Some weeks after its release it debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated December 20, 1997, before becoming her eighth number-one single on January 31, 1998, spending two weeks at number one, fourteen weeks inside the top ten, and a total of forty-six weeks on the chart. In Canada it peaked at number two and stayed in the top ten for many weeks, becoming one of her biggest hits there, even surpassing the success of some of her six Canadian number-one singles, due to its staying power on the chart.

In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart in December 1997 at number four and spent ten weeks inside the top ten; it is Jackson's biggest hit to date in the UK, with sales of over three quarters of a million. It achieved massive success in the rest of Europe as well, topping the Dutch Top 40 and the European Hot 100 Singles and charting inside the top five and the top ten of most of the European countries. The single's massive commercial and radio success helped The Velvet Rope to top the charts of several countries throughout Europe and worldwide. It is her best-selling single to date.

Music videos

Two videos were produced for the song. The one for the album version was directed by Seb Janiak and is a dance video that shows Jackson and her dancers performing in an African safari where tribal people are living in a paradise surrounded by elephants, giraffes, and wildcats. In the scene where Jackson appears to be hugging herself, dancer Nikki Pantenburg served as Jackson's body double. This version received a nomination for Best Dance Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards. The one for the Deeper Remix was directed by René Elizondo, Jr. and depicts Jackson in an apartment remembering a friend in the video. Both videos are featured on the DVD edition of 2001's All for You and the 2004 video compilation From janet. to Damita Jo: The Videos.

Track listings and formats

Columbian promo CD single (PROJANET)[2]
  1. Colombia Edit - 3.42
UK 12" single (7243 8 94747 6 3)[3]
  1. Tony Humphries 12" Edit Mix - 9:57
  2. Tony Humphries FBI Edit Dub - 7:20
  3. DJ Premier 100 In A 50 Remix - 5:22
  4. DJ Premier 100 Just The Bass Vocal - 5:21
  5. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix - 5:46
UK 12" R&B promo single (VSTXDJ 1670)[4]
  1. DJ Premier 100 In A 50 Remix - 5:22
  2. DJ Premier 100 Just The Bass Vocal - 5:21
  3. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix - 5:46
  4. Jimmy Jam Extended Deep Club Mix - 6:29
UK 12" remix single (VSTDJ 1670)[5]
  1. Tony Humphries Club Mix - 6:44
  2. Tony Humphries 12" Edit Mix - 9:57
  3. Tony Humphries FBI Dub - 7:20
  4. Tony Humphries White & Black Dub - 6:30
UK promo CD single (VSCDJ1670)[6]
  1. Radio Edit - 4:08
  2. Single Edit - 4:22
  3. Album Version - 5:01
UK CD maxi single (VSCDG 1670)[7]
  1. Radio Edit - 4:07
  2. Tony Humphries Club Mix - 6:44
  3. DJ Premier 100 in a 50 Remix - 5:22
  4. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix - 5:46
  5. Tony Moran 7" Edit W/ Janet Vocal Intro - 5:29
  6. Jimmy Jam Deeper Radio Edit - 4:00
Japanese CD single (VJCP-12084)[8]
Australian CD single (8947482)[9]
  1. Radio Edit - 4:07
  2. Tony Humphries Club Mix - 6:44
  3. DJ Premier 100 In A 50 Remix - 5:22
  4. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix - 5:46
  5. Tony Moran 7" Edit W/ Janet Vocal Intro - 5:29
  6. Jimmy Jam Deeper Radio Edit - 4:00
U.S. double 12" promo single (SPRO-12791)[10]
  1. Tony Moran 12" Club Mix - 11:00
  2. Tony Humphries FBI Dub - 7:21
  3. Tony Humphries Club Mix - 6:44
  4. Jimmy Jam Extended Deep Club Mix - 6:29
  5. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix - 5:46
  6. DJ Premier Just The Bass - 5:22
  7. Tony Moran Radio - 5:27
  8. Album Version - 5:01
U.S. 12" single (Y-38623)[11]
  1. Tony Moran 12" Club Mix - 11:00
  2. Tony Humphries Club Mix - 6:44
  3. Jimmy Jam Extended Deep Club Mix - 6:29
  4. DJ Premier Just The Bass - 5:22
U.S. promo CD single (DPRO-12791)[12]
  1. Jimmy Jam Deeper Remix Edit - 4:00
  2. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix Radio Edit - 4:16
  3. DJ Premier Just The Bass - 5:22
  4. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix - 5:46
  5. DJ Premier 100 In A 50 Remix - 5:22
  6. Call Out Hook (Deeper Mix) - 0:20
  7. Call Out Hook (Deep Mix) - 0.15
U.S. CD single (7243 8 38623-2-0)[13]
  1. Radio Edit - 4:07
  2. Jimmy Jam Deeper Radio Edit - 4:00
  3. Jimmy Jam Deep Radio Edit - 4:16
  4. "Got 'til It's Gone" (Ummah Jay Dee's Revenge Mix) - 3:45
U.S. CD MAXI single (7243 8 38625-2-8)
  1. Jimmy Jam Deep Remix - 5:46
  2. Jimmy Jam Deeper Remix - 4:52
  3. Tony Moran 12" Club Mix - 11:00
  4. Tony Humphries Club Mix - 6:44
  5. DJ Premier Just The Bass - 5:22
French 12" promo single (SA 8225)[14]
French CD single (7243 8 94850 2 8)[15]
  1. Radio Edit - 4:07
  2. Jimmy Jam Deeper Radio Edit - 4:00

Official remixes

  • Album Version – 5:01
  • Radio Edit – 4:08
  • Single Edit – 4:22
  • Colombia Edit – 3:42
  • Jimmy Jam Deep Remix – 5:49
  • Jimmy Jam Deep Radio Edit – 4:16
  • Jimmy Jam Extended Deep Club Mix – 6:29
  • Jimmy Jam Deeper Remix – 4:53
  • Jimmy Jam Deeper Radio Edit – 4:00
  • Tony Moran 7" Edit w/ Janet Vocal Intro – 5:29
  • Tony Moran 12" Club Mix – 11:00
  • Tony Moran Radio Edit – 5:20
  • Tony Moran T&G Dub – 6:45
  • Tony Moran T&G Tribal Mix – 6:53
  • Tony Humphries Club Mix – 6:44
  • Tony Humphries 12" Club Mix – 9:57
  • Tony Humphries FBI Dub – 7:20
  • Tony Humphries White & Black Dub – 6:30
  • DJ Premier 100 In A 50 Mix – 5:22
  • DJ Premier Just Tha Bass – 5:22
  • Jonathan Peters Sound Factory Floor/Original Mix – 12:29
  • Jonathan Peters Tight Mix – 15:24
  • Jonathan Peters Tight Mix Edit Pt. 1 – 5:25
  • Jonathan Peters Tight Mix Edit Pt. 2 – 9:49
  • Jonathan Peters Vocal Radio Mix – 4:28
  • Jonathan Peters Mixshow – 7:09
  • Call Out Hook (Chorus) – 0:13
  • Call Out Hook (Verse) – 0:16
  • Call Out Hook (Deep Mix) – 0:15
  • Call Out Hook (Deeper Mix) – 0:20

Charts

Chart (1997) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[16] 4
Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[17] 4
Austrian Singles Chart[17] 6
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[17] 2
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[17] 2
Canadian Singles Chart[18] 2
Danish Singles Chart[19] 4
Dutch Top 40[20] 1
European Hot 100 Singles[21] 1
Finnish Singles Chart[17] 16
French Singles Chart[17] 2
German Singles Chart[22] 2
Irish Singles Chart[23] 4
Italian Singles Chart[24] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[17] 5
Norwegian Singles Chart[17] 11
Swedish Singles Chart[17] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[17] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[18] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[18] 1
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Certifications

Country Certifier Certification Sales
Australia ARIA 2× platinum[25][26] 140,000
France SNEP Platinum[27] 500,000
Germany IFPI Platinum[28] 300,000
Sweden Gold[29] 10,000
Switzerland Gold[30] 25,000
United Kingdom BPI Platinum[31] 750,000
United States RIAA Gold[32] 500,000

References

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  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". ARIA. http://www.aria.com.au/pages/aria-charts-accreditations-singles-1998.htm. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  27. ^ "Certifications Singles Platine – année 1998" (in French). SNEP. June 30, 1998. http://www.disqueenfrance.com/fr/monopage.xml?id=259165&year=1998&type=9. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  28. ^ "IFPI Germany – Gold/Platin-Datenbank" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. http://www.musikindustrie.de/gold_platin_datenbank/?action=1&strSuche=Together+Again. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
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Preceded by
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 31, 1998 – February 7, 1998
Succeeded by
"Nice and Slow" by Usher
Preceded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
European Hot 100 Singles number-one single
January 31, 1998 – February 14, 1998
Succeeded by
"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Preceded by
"It's Like That" by Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
January 31, 1998 – February 14, 1998
Preceded by
"Kiss You All Over" by No Mercy
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 7, 1998
Succeeded by
"Elements" by Danny Tenaglia

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