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Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ Added To National Recording Registry

Janet Jackson’s socially conscious album Rhythm Nation 1814 is among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said they received about 900 public nominations this year for recordings to add to the registry. “The National Recording Registry will preserve our history through these vibrant recordings of music and voices that have reflected our humanity and shaped our culture from the past 143 years,” Hayden said in a statement. According to the New York Times, Janet's album received the most votes in the public nominating process. “Rhythm Nation 1814,” which racked up a then-record seven top five singles including such chart-toppers as “Escapade,” “Miss You Much,” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You),” was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded in the Twin Cities at Jam & Lewis’s Flyte Tyme Studios in Edina. Rhythm Nation 1814 has been certified as six-time platinum by the RIAA. The library selects titles for preservation because of their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. The titles have to be at least 10 years old.