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"Twenty Foreplay" is a song by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson from her first greatest hits album, Design of a Decade: 1986–1996 (1995). It was released as the album's second and final single on January 8, 1996. The original version of the song offers a transition into Brazilian Music, which Janet has cited several times as one of her major influences.

"Twenty Foreplay"
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Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Design of a Decade: 1986–1996
ReleasedJanuary 8, 1996 (1996-01-08)
Format
Recorded1995
Genre
Length6:06 (US version)
5:20 (international version)
6:20 (Slow Jam Fantasy Mix)
4:30 (video edit)
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Runaway"
(1995)
"Twenty Foreplay"
(1996)
"Got 'til It's Gone"
(1997)

Contents

Song informationEdit

The song starts off as a soulful ballad before changing to a mid-tempo R&B groove. The title is a play on the word "foreplay" and "24 hours a day". The U.S. version of "Twenty Foreplay" is lengthier than the international version which was edited in order to fit two more songs on the international release of Design of a Decade: 1986–1996. The Slow Jam Fantasy Mix was produced by Jorge Corante and is the complete version of the song which contains an extra second verse.

Chart performanceEdit

"Twenty Foreplay" saw moderate success in Europe, peaking at number twenty-two in the United Kingdom, but fared better on the UK R&B Chart, peaking at number 5. It was certified Silver for sales in excess of 200,000 copies. It peaked at number forty-one in the Netherlands (on the physical sales-based Single Top 100 chart), and number seventy-four in Germany. It fared better in Australia, where it reached the top thirty. It charted inside the top thirty-five in Scotland and the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, but was unable to enter the Billboard Hot 100 or the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as the song was not given a commercial release in the United States.

Music videoEdit

The 1950s look of the video was inspired by Dorothy Dandridge, whom Jackson considers to be America's first African American sex symbol. The video was shot in black-and-white and depicts Jackson in the glamorous Hollywood life such as movie premiere, press conference, and videotaping of her on the backlot of a movie set. The video has never been released commercially.

Live performancesEdit

Jackson sang "Twenty Foreplay" live for the first time on her 2017 State of the World Tour. Accompanied by two back-up singers, the singer performed the song while sitting on a stool dressed in a loose denim jacket, sweatpants and a flannel shirt tied around her waist. Andrew Barker from Variety magazine said it showcased "perhaps the boldest of her three costume changes" during the show. Through the performance of the song, he was also able to note that her voice, "though strong, [it] isn't always the most layered of instruments, but it has a softness and a lilting sweetness that she managed to emphasize while still projecting well enough to cut through the clatter".[1]

Track listings and formatsEdit

European promo CD single (588 460-2)[2]

  1. Slow Jam International Edit – 4:26

European 12" promo single (588 464-1)[3]

  1. Radio Club Mix – 5:02
  2. Tribal Vocal Mix – 6:59
  3. The Raw Dub – 6:59
  4. Junior's Jungle Club Mix – 9:56
  5. Junior's Dub – 9:01

US 12" promo single (AMPRO 00124)[4]

  1. Junior's Jungle Club Mix – 9:56
  2. Junior's Dub – 9:01
  3. Tribal Beats – 2:58
  4. The Raw Dub – 6:59
  5. Tribal Vocal Mix – 6:59
  6. Slow Jam Fantasy Mix – 6:19

US promo CD single (AMSAD 00133)[5]

  1. Slow Jam Mix – 4:50
  2. Slow Jam Edit – 4:28
  3. Slow Jam Video Edit – 4:50
  4. Slow Jam Fantasy Edit – 5:20
  5. Slow Jam Fantasy Mix – 6:19

European CD maxi single (581 317-2)[6]
German CD maxi single (CDM5813172)[7]

  1. Slow Jam International Edit – 4:26
  2. Runaway(Jam & Lewis Street Mix Edit) – 3:23
  3. Runaway(Jam & Lewis Ghetto Mix) – 4:54
  4. Slow Jam Video Edit – 4:50

UK CD maxi single (581 511-2)[8]

  1. Slow Jam International Edit – 4:26
  2. "The Pleasure Principle" (Legendary Radio Mix) – 4:17
  3. "Alright" (CJ Radio) – 3:52
  4. "The Pleasure Principle" (Legendary Club) Mix – 8:15

UK double CD single (Limited edition)(581511/3)[9]

  1. Slow Jam International Edit – 4:26
  2. "Runaway" (Album Version) – 3:35
  3. "When I Think of You" (Album Version) – 3:57
  4. "Let's Wait Awhile" (Album Version) – 4:36
  5. Slow Jam International Edit – 4:26
  6. "The Pleasure Principle" (Legendary Radio Mix – 4:17
  7. "Alright" (CJ Radio) – 3:52
  8. "The Pleasure Principle" (Legendary Club) Mix – 8:15

Official remixesEdit

  • Album version – 6:06
  • Album version edit – 5:17
  • Junior's Jungle Club Mix – 9:56
  • Junior's Dub(remixer: Junior Vasquez)  – 9:01
  • Radio Club Mix (remixer: Junior Vasquez) – 3:49
  • Radio Club Mix Edit (remixer: Junior Vasquez) – 3:42
  • Tribal Beats (remixer: Junior Vasquez) – 2:58
  • Tribal Vocal (remixer: Junior Vasquez) – 6:59
  • The Raw Dub (remixer: Junior Vasquez) – 6:59
  • Slow Jam Mix (remix & additional production: Jorge Corante) – 4:50
  • Slow Jam Edit (remix & additional production: Jorge Corante) – 4:26
  • Slow Jam International Edit (remix & additional production: Jorge Corante) – 4:20
  • Slow Jam Video Edit (remix & additional production: Jorge Corante) – 4:52
  • Slow Jam Fantasy Mix (remix & additional production: Jorge Corante) – 6:20
  • Slow Jam Fantasy Edit (remix & additional production: Jorge Corante) – 5:20
  • Slow Jam Bedtime Mix(remix & additional production: Jorge Corante) – 6:19
  • UK edit – 3:13

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barker, Andrew (October 9, 2017). "Concert Review: Janet Jackson at the Hollywood Bowl". Variety. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Jackson,janet CDs, Vinyl Records, CD Singles, Used CD's and Music Albums – Buy at MusicStack
  3. ^ Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay Archived March 6, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Jackson,janet CDs, Vinyl Records, CD Singles, Used CD's and Music Albums – Buy at MusicStack
  6. ^ Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Janet Jackson Twenty Fourplay Germany 5" CD SINGLE (58943) Archived March 4, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay Archived January 9, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Janet Jackson Twenty Foreplay UK DOUBLE CD SINGLE SET (163404) Archived January 24, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b c "Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay – swisscharts.com". swisscharts.com. Retrieved September 14, 2007.
  11. ^ "RPM weekly magazine". RPM. Archived from the original on January 15, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "Italian Charts". IFPI. ifpi.com. Retrieved February 22, 2009.
  14. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2008.
  15. ^ "South African Divas Singles". Geo Cities. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2008.
  17. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2008.
  18. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay – Chart Listing For The Week Of Jan 13 1996". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 8, 2008.[dead link]
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Janet Jackson – Twenty Foreplay". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 10, 2015. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Twenty Foreplay in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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