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Nick as “Ryder Scanlon” in Melissa and Joey, slaying the screen as usual.

(Episode: #22, of Season 3— “House Broken.”)

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On this day in music history: June 14, 1986 - “Nasty” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 on July 19, 1986. Written by James Harris III, Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson, it is the second R&B chart topper for the youngest member of the Jackson musical family. The song is inspired by an incident that takes place while Janet is hanging out with the producers, and childhood friend Melanie Andrews in Minneapolis. Jackson is accosted by two aggressive men stalking her on the street, and are being verbally abusive. Rather than running to someone for assistance, Jackson stands her ground, making them back off. The track and vocals for “Nasty” are recorded at Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ Flyte Tyme Studios in September 1985. The songs distinctive rhythm is generated by using a factory preset sound on an Ensoniq Mirage digital sampler/synthesizer. Issued as the second single from “Control” on April 15, 1986, it is the follow up to her first chart topper “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”. The song is supported by a highly memorable video shot on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, in front of the same liquor store that U2 films their “rooftop concert” video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” a year later. The clip for “Nasty” is directed by Mary Lambert (Madonna, Prince, Chris Isaak, Annie Lennox), and is choreographed by Paula Abdul who also makes a cameo appearance. “Nasty” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.