On this day in 1990, ‘Escapade’ was released as the third single from Janet Jackson’s iconic ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ album.
It was one of the first songs written for the album by Janet with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Reportedly, Janet wanted to cover the song ‘Nowhere To Run’ by Martha and the Vandellas, but was convinced by Jam & Lewis to use it as inspiration for a new song instead, which became ‘Escapade’.
‘Escapade’ was Janet’s third #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was certified Gold in the US. It also peaked at #1 on both the R&B and Dance charts in the US. Interestingly, it was her sixth consecutive #1 on the R&B chart, which tied a record that had been set in 1946 by Louis Jordan.
Internationally, the song topped the charts in Canada and Japan, and was a Top 20 hit in many other countries.
Janet notably performed ‘Escapade’ at the 1990 American Music Awards, wearing a similar outfit to the one worn in the music video. She has continued to perform the song live throughout her career.
The song was also featured in a fun television commercial for Japan Airlines with Janet and her dancers at Los Angeles International Airport.
A ten-track digital EP for ‘Escapade: The Remixes’ is available across all music services.
Watch the music video:
Listen to ‘Escapade: The Remixes’: