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Executive producers: Janet Jackson and Rene Elizondo, Jr.. The album project was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (for Flyte Time Productions, Inc.) and Janet Jackson; guest artists include Q-Tip of a Tribe Called Quest, Vanessa Mae and James "Big Jim" Wright. Tracks include "Twisted Elegance," "Velvet Rope," "You," "Got 'Til It's Gone," "Speaker Phone," "My Need," "Together Again," "On Line" and much more.


''The Velvet Rope'' is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released October 7, 1997 by Virgin Records. Prior to the album's release, Jackson renewed her recording contract with Virgin Records for unprecedented $80 million dollars in January 1996, establishing her as the then-highest paid recording artist in contemporary music. ''The Velvet Rope'' was produced and co-written by long-term collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Jackson and her then-husband René Elizondo, Jr. served as executive producers.

During the two years prior to the release of ''The Velvet Rope'', Jackson struggled with a long-term case of depression. As a result, she frequently took time off during the recording of the album or abruptly left the studio during recording sessions. ''The Velvet Rope'' became a concept album based on Jackson's embrace and disillusionment with her status as a celebrity. Though Jackson introduced sexuality into her music with her previous album ''janet.'' (1993), ''The Velvet Rope'' takes the concept a step further, encompassing sadomasochism and same-sex relationships as lyrical content.

''The Velvet Rope'' debuted at number one on the ''Billboard'' 200, becoming Jackson's fourth consecutive album to top the chart, selling over ten million copies worldwide. The Recording Industry Association of America has certified ''The Velvet Rope'' triple platinum. ''The Velvet Rope'' is also ranked at number 256 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. - Wikipedia