"Alright" is the fourth single from Janet's fourth album "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814." The single was released on March 4, 1990 in the United States, June 18, 1990 in the United Kindom and re-released on February 10, 1996 in Australia.
The song was written by Janet, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (who also produced the song). It was recorded in 1989 at Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in January of 1990 at Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina, Minnesota.
"Alright" samples Lyn Collin's 1972 song "Think (About It)." Even though it was the only single of the seven released off the album to not hit the top two on the Billboard Hot 100, it became the fourth consecutive single from the album to reach number one on the dance chart, helping Janet break a record set by Madonna. (Madonna has since broken the record again with a string of eighteen consecutive number-one dance hits from 1999–2008.)
The video was filmed in February 1990 and styled to resemble a 1930s and 1950s musical, featured Cyd Charisse, The Nicholas Brothers, and Cab Calloway in one of his last on-screen appearances. Anthony Thomas choreographed the video.
The video begins with Janet and two male dancers, all wearing flashy zoot suits sitting on a bench. A paperboy throws newspapers on them. They wake up and read the front page of the newspaper, from which they learn Calloway is in town for the premiere of his "Alright" film. Janet and her dancers take a cross-town journey to the premiere. There, Janet, her dancers, and Calloway fans wait for Calloway to make his grand entrance.
Janet seemingly envisions herself as Calloway's glamorized female guest, getting pushed to the red carpet. Calloway takes her hand and helps her up. Janet and her dancers get in Calloway's limo. They arrive at large dance out in the middle of a street. Janet and her dancers climb on the back of a car and Janet notices her watch is missing. They get off the car and are sprayed by a street cleaning truck. They sit on the bench.
Later that night, Janet and her dancers are homeless people asleep on the bench revealing the video to have been a dream. Cab Calloway, in the meantime, walks to the bench and places Janet's watch in her hand. He sneaks away saying, "Alright."
1991 Soul Train Music Awards
- Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video: Won
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