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Discipline

Discipline is the 10th album by Janet Jackson. The album was released on February 26, 2008 on Island Records. It was her only album released on the label after Janet's five-album record deal with Virgin Records was fulfilled with the release of her 2006 album,  "20 Y.O."

Janet worked with producers such as Darkchild, Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Shea Taylor, Stargate, Johnta Austin, Tricky Stewart, and The-Dream on the album. Janet's long-time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, did not contribute to the project.

The album was executively produced by Island Records Urban president Jermaine Dupri and Janet. The deluxe version of "Discipline" contained a DVD documenting the production and promotion of the album and music videos.

Discipline debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming Janet's sixth album to top the chart was her first album to top the Billboard 200 after "All for You." Sales of the album quickly fell and by June of 2008, promotion for the album officially ended.

Janet started her Rock Witchu Tour (with the support of Live Nation) in early September 2008 to positive reviews, but by the end of the month, Janet left the record label.

Album Background & ProductionEdit

In July of 2007, it was announced that Janet had signed a recording contract with Island Records, after her five-album deal with Virgin Records was fulfilled with the release of her album 20 Y.O..

Her tenth studio album, "Discipline" (which was an acknowledgment of her commitment, focus and dedication to her career) was released on February 26, 2008 under the supervision of label head L. A. Reid.

She commented:

"I wanted to name the album Discipline because it has a lot of different meanings for me but the most important would be work—to have done this for as long as I have ... And to have had the success that I've had—not excluding God by any means—but it takes a great deal of focus."

Janet worked with producers such as Rodney Jerkins (who produced the lead single "Feedback" alongside D'Mile), Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Shea Taylor, Stargate, Johntá Austin, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Her long-time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis did not contribute to the project.

The album was executive produced by Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri and Jackson. She did not write or co-write any songs on the album (a departure from her usual practice of co-writing and producing all of the songs on her albums).

The song "So Much Betta" contains sampled portions of the track "Daftendirekt" by the French house music duo Daft Punk.

The deluxe edition included a DVD entitled "The Making of Discipline." The DVD is split into five chapters that documents the production of the album, its promotion and the "Feedback" music video.

The first chapter entitled "Photo Shoots" shows Janet creating a new image for the album and adopting different looks for different markets.

She spent two days working on photos for the cover and credit booklet, revealing that she still feels uncomfortable in front of the camera despite two decades in the music industry.

In the second chapter, "The Studio", Janet expressed her opinion on recording work, stating that although she usually enjoyed the experience, it was, at times, tedious. She discusses further how her songs are built up in layers and parts, from melodies and background vocals or sounds.

The third chapter, "Rehearsals" shows the rehearsals of the dance routine for the "Feedback" music video. The DVD reveals that the eight dancers had been practicing for over a week before they started working with Janet.

The dancers then had three days to rehearse with Janet and a further two days to complete the video. She described the video as a metaphor for sexual tension.

The fourth chapter, "Behind the Video", shows the making of the video itself. Janet told the director that she wanted a futuristic, moody concept, and he came up with the idea of jumping between planets. The final chapter is the lead music video in its entirety.

On March 31, 2008, an edition of "Discipline" in environmentally friendly packaging was released through Wal-Mart stores as part of a green promotion.

TracklistingEdit

  1. I.D. (Intro) (0:48)
  2. Feedback (3:38)
  3. Luv (3:10)
  4. Spinnin' (Interlude) (0:08)
  5. Rollercoaster (3:51)
  6. Bathroom Break (Interlude) (0:40)
  7. Rock With U (3:51)
  8. 2nite (4:09)
  9. Can't B Good (4:13)
  10. 4 Words (Interlude) (0:11)
  11. Never Letchu Go (4:07)
  12. Truth or Dare (Interlude) (0:24)
  13. Greatest X (4:23)
  14. Good Morning Janet (Interlude) (0:44)
  15. So Much Betta (2:53)
  16. Play Selection (Interlude) (0:17)
  17. The 1 (feat. Missy Elliott) (3:41)
  18. What's Ur Name (2:34)
  19. The Meaning (Interlude) (1:16)
  20. Discipline (5:00)
  21. Back (Interlude) (0:18)
  22. Curtains (3:50)

UK Album Bonus Track

  1. Let Me Know (3:47)

Japanese Album Bonus Tracks

  1. Let Me Know (3:47)
  2. Feedback (Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Radio Remix) (3:47)

PersonnelEdit

  • Janet Jackson – vocals, background vocals, producer, executive producer & vocal producer
  • Judi Acosta-Stewart – production coordination
  • Ashaunna Ayars – marketing
  • Chuando & Frey – art direction, photography & packaging
  • Dave Clauss – assistant engineer
  • Fran Cooper – make-up
  • Carol Corless – package production
  • Ian Cross – mixing assistant, vocal engineer & vocal producer
  • LaShawn Daniels – vocal arrangement
  • Eric Dawkins – background vocals & vocal arrangement
  • Mike Donaldson – engineer, digital editing & effects
  • The-Dream – producer
  • Jermaine Dupri – producer, executive producer, mixing & vocal producer
  • Missy Elliott – rap
  • D'Mile – guitar, producer, vocal arrangement & instrumentation
  • Paul Foley – engineer & mixing
  • Brian Gardner – mastering
  • Kenneth Goh – stylist
  • David Gough – producer
  • Kuk Harrell – engineer
  • Stargate – instrumentation
  • John Horesco IV – guitar, engineer & vocal engineer
  • Josh Houghkirk – engineer
  • Kegan Houston – assistant engineer
  • Ernie Isley – guitar
  • Rodney Jerkins – producer, mixing & instrumentation
  • Terese Joseph – A&R
  • Doug Joswick – package production
  • Daniel Laporte – engineer
  • Jaymz Hardy Martin III – engineer
  • Diane McDonald – production coordination
  • Ne-Yo – co-producer
  • No I.D. – producer
  • Carlos Oyanedel – assistant
  • Dave Pensado – mixing
  • R. City – vocals
  • J. Peter Robinson – art direction & packaging
  • Manuel Seal, Jr. – co-producer & vocal producer
  • Telisha Shaw – vocals
  • Chris Soper – assistant engineer
  • Eric Stamile – co-producer
  • Stargate – producers
  • Chris "Tricky" Stewart – producer
  • Shakir Stewart – A&R
  • Phil Tan – mixing, vocal mixing
  • Robert Taylor "R.T." – electric guitar
  • Angie Teo – assistant engineer
  • Brian "B Luv" Thomas – engineer
  • Delisha Thomas – vocals
  • Pat Thrall – engineer
  • Roberto Vazquez – engineer & mixing
  • Chris Viecco – vocals
  • Brian Woodring – engineer
  • Andrew Wuepper – mixing assistant
  • Janet Zeitoun – hair stylist

Album Chart PerformanceEdit

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 16
Austrian Albums Chart 45
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 46
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 43
Canadian Albums Chart 3
Dutch Albums Chart 28
European Top 100 Albums 41
French Albums Chart 43
German Albums Chart 38
Irish Albums Chart 60
Italian Albums Chart 58
Japanese Albums Chart 9
New Zealand Albums Chart 35
Norwergian Albums Chart 30
Spanish Albums Chart 51
Swedish Albums Chart 54
Swiss Albums Chart 9
UK Albums Chart 63
US Billboard 200 1
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1