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#1 This Week In 1991

This week in 1991, Love Will Never Do (Without You), the seventh and final single from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, topped the Billboard pop chart for one week. It was written and produced by the now legendary team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, both formerly of Prince's opening act, The Time. The video was directed by famed fashion photographer Herb Ritts and was the second of his iconic trio of sexy black & white + sand music videos, the first being Madonna's Cherish, the third being Chris Isaak's Wicked Game. The video for Love Will Never Do (Without You) featured appearances from Calvin Klein underwear models Antonio Sabato Jr. and Djimon Hounsou, both of whom went on to acting careers, the latter somewhat more successfully.

TRIVIA: With Love Will Never Do (Without You), Janet Jackson became the only artist in chart history to score seven Top Five singles from one album. The clip won three MTV Music Awards that year: Best Female Video, Best Choreography, and Best Art Direction.

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