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On this day in music history: August 8, 1987 - “The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart, peaking at #14 on the Hot 100 on August 1, 1987, and topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on June 6, 1987. Written and produced by Monte Moir, it is fifth consecutive R&B chart topper from the “Control” album. While working with his former Time band mates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Moir gives Janet a cassette demo of the song. She likes the track so much that she cuts the final version with him the next day at Jam & Lewis’ Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis. Released as a single more than a year and a half after “Control’s” initial release, the track receives an additional boost when it is remixed by prominent club DJ/remixer Shep Pettibone. This version is also used for the songs dynamic music video directed by Dominic Sena (“Rhythm Nation 1814” longform video), which wins an MTV Video Music Award for its choreographer Barry Lather, earning an additional nomination for Best Female Video.