Feedback (song)

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"Feedback"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Discipline
ReleasedDecember 26, 2007
FormatDigital download, CD, 12"
Recorded2007
GenreElectropop, dance-pop, R&B
Length3:38 (album version)
3:58 (radio edit/single version)
LabelIsland
Writer(s)Rodney Jerkins, Dernst Emile, Tasleema Yasin, LaShawn Daniels
ProducerDarkchild, D'Mile
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"With U"
(2006)
"Feedback"
(2007)
"Rock with U"
(2008)
Discipline track listing
"I.D. (Interlude)"
(1)
"Feedback"
(2)
"Luv"
(3)
 
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"Feedback"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Discipline
ReleasedDecember 26, 2007
FormatDigital download, CD, 12"
Recorded2007
GenreElectropop, dance-pop, R&B
Length3:38 (album version)
3:58 (radio edit/single version)
LabelIsland
Writer(s)Rodney Jerkins, Dernst Emile, Tasleema Yasin, LaShawn Daniels
ProducerDarkchild, D'Mile
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"With U"
(2006)
"Feedback"
(2007)
"Rock with U"
(2008)
Discipline track listing
"I.D. (Interlude)"
(1)
"Feedback"
(2)
"Luv"
(3)

"Feedback" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson. The dance-pop/electro pop song was written by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Dernst Emile, Tasleema Yasin, and LaShawn Daniels, and was produced by Darkchild and D'Mile. "Feedback" was released as the lead single from Jackson's tenth studio album Discipline. In December 2007, the song was announced as the lead single from the album. It premiered on New York radio station Z100 on December 12, 2007, and was released as a digital download on December 29, 2007 in the United States. It was sent to radio stations across the country on January 7, 2008.

The song was generally well received by critics, who compared it favorably with "Rhythm Nation" and "Escapade". "Feedback" was one of the first songs released in the electro pop genre, a trend which became popular in the mainstream within the following years. The song was described by Jackson as a metaphor for sexual tension. Jackson promoted the song live on various television programs within the United States. "Feedback" peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jackson's biggest hit in the US since 2001 as well as her fortieth chart entry, making her only the seventh female to achieve this. The song peaked at number 3 in Canada, and became a top twenty hit in several other countries. The single was not as successful in Australia or Europe, failing to chart in the United Kingdom.

Jackson filmed the music video for "Feedback" with British director Saam Farahmand and choreographer Gil Duldulao. In the video, Jackson was accompanied by 8 dancers, with rehearsals taking a week and the video taking two days to complete. The song also has more than a dozen official remixes.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Jackson departed from her usual musical style with "Feedback" in an effort to experiment with her music again. The song was written and produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Dernst Emile, LaShawn Daniels, Tasleema Yasin and D'Mile.[1] Jackson's long time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis did not contribute to the song or the album project.[2] Unusually, Jackson did not write or co-write any songs on the album.[3] "Feedback" has elements of three musical genres, which include Jackson's staples of pop and R&B.,[4] as well as electro. The often robotic vocals described as "robo-vocals" were rarely heard in Jackson's prior music. Much like the music video, Jackson described the song as "a metaphor for sexual tension", adding, "It’s a provocative conversation that invites openness in an area where so many of us are closed off."[5][6] The song contains sexually charged lyrics such as "something heavy like a first day period" and "Strum me like a guitar, blow out my amplifier", which were noted in much of its review coverage.[7][8]

Release and reception[edit]

Jackson performed the song for several television promotional appearances, including Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show[9] and TRL.[10][11] Jackson also performed the song on the Rock Witchu Tour and the Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour.

Critical Reception[edit]

Critical responses to the song were mostly positive. Billboard described "Feedback" as a "bona fide smash" and noted that the song "features a gracious dance groove, but more so, supplies a sing along hook and distinctive melody — a funked-up 'All for You', perhaps."[4] Bill Lamb, in an article for About.com, said that Jackson "may have hit a musical home run [with "Feedback"]", and subsequently listed the song in the site's Top 100 Pop Songs for 2007.[12][13] Digital Spy's review noted, "While 'Feedback' isn't a dance floor monster to rival, say, "Rhythm Nation" or "Escapade", it has everything you want from a Jackson single: hard-edged beats, plenty of hooks and enough attitude to compensate for her flimsy-as-cling-film voice."[7]

Rolling Stone stated, "When Janet brags she's heavy like a first-day period ... or sings in a scrunched-up robot voice that she's so much betta than your girl, all the amateur competition should just pack up their Web cams and go home".[14] Slant said that "["Feedback"] is only a notch above "All Nite (Don't Stop)", but it possesses all the lyrical sass and club-affability that was promised with 20 Y.O. and is thus somewhat of a comeback for Janet".[15] Other reviews were negative. The Boston Globe described the song with sarcasm saying, "The droid-like lead track...is built of metaphors and analogies. Compared to the hard-core dirty talk of Damita Jo this one is poetry."[16] Much like Discipline, the song was criticized for sexual overtones and references, and received mass media coverage.[7][8]

Commercial Reception[edit]

"Feedback" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 84.[17] In its tenth chart week (and coinciding with the release of its parent album), the song rose from number 53 to number 19, its peak position, making it Jackson's 29th top 20 hit on the Hot 100 and her first such hit since "Someone to Call My Lover" in 2001.[18][19] "Feedback" reached number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, peaked on the Hot Digital Songs Chart at number seven, and reached number 23 on the Pop 100.[19] As of October 2010 "Feedback" had sold nearly a million copies digitally and is eligible to be certified Platinum.[20]

On the Canadian Hot 100, "Feedback" debuted at number 48 on January 12, 2008.[17] The same week the song moved to number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Feedback" moved from number 22 to number three on the Canadian Hot 100, its peak position.[17] The song was also a top five hit in Greece and a top 20 hit in New Zealand.[17] In many countries, particularly in Europe, the song became a commercial failure. In Australia, the song reached number 50. The song reached number 47 in Austria, and 36 in France. In the United Kingdom, however, the song failed to chart.[17][21]

Music video[edit]

Jackson filmed the music video for "Feedback" with British director Saam Farahmand in New York. The dance routines in the video were choreographed by Gil Duldulao, Jr.[22] The video premiered on BET's 106 & Park on January 8, 2008, and was made available to view on the Yahoo! Music site the same day.[23][23] Two different versions of the video were offered for sale via iTunes Store.[24][25]

The deluxe edition album included a DVD entitled "The making of Discipline". The DVD was split into five chapters, which documents the production of the album, lead music video and promotion. The third chapter shows the rehearsals of the dance routine for the "Feedback" music video.[6][26] The DVD reveals that the eight dancers had been practicing for over a week before they started working with Jackson. The dancers then had three days to rehearse with Jackson and a further two days to complete the video.[6] Jackson described the video as a metaphor for sexual tension.[5] The fourth chapter is the making of the video. Jackson told the director that she wanted a futuristic, moody concept, and he came up with the idea of jumping between planets. The final chapter shows the lead music video in its entirety.[5][6][26][27]

Track listing[edit]

UK 12" Vinyl (1764113) (limited edition picture disc)[28]
  1. Main Version – 3:38
  2. Instrumental – 3:57
  3. Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Radio Mix – 3:44
Japanese CD Single (UICL-5025)[29]
  1. Main Version – 3:38
  2. Instrumental – 3:57
Australian CD Single,[30] French CD Single (1763603)[31]
  1. Single Version – 3:56
  2. Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Radio Mix – 3:44
German CD Maxi [32]
  1. Main – 3:59
  2. Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Radio Mix – 3:44
  3. Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Club Mix – 8:10
  4. Video – 4:08

Remixes[edit]

Twelve official remixes of "Feedback" have been released which are available from music download venues.[33][34][35] The main official remix is the So So Def Remix featuring Busta Rhymes, Ciara, Fabolous, and uncredited background vocals by Jermaine Dupri. Dupri said Ciara's inclusion on the remix was the label's doing and "Janet [Jackson] had nothing to do with it."

  1. So So Def Remix Clean featuring Busta Rhymes, Ciara & Fabolous - 3:31
  2. So So Def Remix Explicit featuring Busta Rhymes, Ciara & Fabolous - 3:31
  3. Jody den Broeder Club Mix – 7:18
  4. Jody den Broeder Radio Mix – 3:58
  5. Moto Blanco Club Mix – 8:29
  6. Moto Blanco Dub Mix – 7:48
  7. Moto Blanco Radio Mix – 3:57
  8. Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Club Mix – 8:09
  9. Ralphi Rosario Electroshok Radio Mix – 3:44
  10. Ralphi Rosario Dirty Club Mix – 9:39
  11. Ralphi Rosario Dirty Radio Mix – 3:59
  12. Wideboys Club Mix – 6:18
  13. Wideboys Dub Mix – 6:08
  14. Wideboys Radio Mix – 3:01

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals: Janet Jackson
  • Audio mixing: Roberto "Tito" Vazquez and Rodney Jerkins
  • Engineer: Josh Houghkirk
  • Assistant engineers: Carlos Oyanedel
  • Pro tool edits and Effects: Mike "Handz" Donaldson
  • Producers: Rodney Jerkins and D.Mile
  • Recorded at 2nd Floor Studios, Atlantic City, NJ, United States / SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA, United States

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008)Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[36]50
Ö3 Austria Top 40[36]47
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[36]19
Canadian Hot 100[37]3
Danish Singles Chart[36]27
Dutch Singles Chart[36]59
French Singles Chart[36]36
German Top 100 Singles[38]40
New Zealand Singles Chart[36]17
Norwegian Singles Chart[36]16
Swedish Singles Chart[36]41
Swiss Singles Chart[36]51
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[39]19
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[40]39
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play[41]1

References[edit]

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  29. ^ "Janet Jackson Feedback Japan 5" CD SINGLE (424405)". eil.com. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
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  31. ^ "Janet Jackson Feedback France 5" CD SINGLE (430565)". eil.com. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  32. ^ "Janet Jackson Feedback German Cd Maxi". amazon.de. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
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