Album: Janet (1993)
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  • This Janet Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis penned ballad was the third single released from Jackson's self-titled fifth album. It was her seventh #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks on top of the chart. Harris is better known as Jimmy Jam, and he told us that Jackson was very receptive to their musical ideas, which were all over the map. He said that she would be happy to work on dance or funk songs, often with samples they would introduce to her, "and then sit down at a piano and do something simple like 'Again."'
  • This was the closing song From the film Poetic Justice, which also starred Jackson. It received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song but was beaten by Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia."
  • A French version of the song was also recorded by Jackson, which was included on the CD single.
  • The song was sampled by Virgin Island R&B singer Iyaz on his 2010 hit "Solo."
  • Jimmy Jam played the piano while Jackson performed this song at the 1994 Academy Awards ceremony and, he admitted, he was struck with stage fright. He said: "It was a little bit scary because the orchestra was beautiful. Bill Conti was the conductor. But I hadn't played the song in about a year and a half. I'm sitting at the piano and there is a serious 80-piece orchestra of the best people and I'm thinking, 'I don't remember this song.' It was the weirdest thing, but somehow we got through it, and what a great experience!" Movie fans will also recognize Conti as the composer of "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)" and other music from the Rocky series.

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  • Rita from UgandaI always feel the song
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