Janet Jackson’s Album “Rhythm Nation” is actually called “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.” As you can see on the album cover, Janet is wearing the number 1814 on her hat, pendant on her shirt and on her earring. What is the meaning behind 1814???
The first meaning of “1814” is that R (Rhythm) is the 18th letter in the alphabet and N (Nation) is the 14th. Hence 1814. The second meaning is pretty awesome as Janet explained,
“While writing Rhythm Nation, I was kidding around saying, “God you guys, I feel like this could be the national anthem for the 90’s…Just by a crazy chance we decided to look up when Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem and it was September 14, 1814.”
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 was released on September 19, 1989, the same week but 175 years after Scott wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”.