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Streams of Janet Jackson’s ‘Nasty’ up 250 percent on Spotify

Janet Jackson for VP.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Oct 20, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 6:19 pm CDT

As soon as Donald Trump uttered the words “nasty woman” during last night’s debate, the domino effect began: Feminists embraced the term, the website was bought and redirected to Hillary Clinton‘s website, and Janet Jackson’s “Nasty” became the soundtrack. 

According to Spotify, streams of the 1986 song went up 250 percent overnight. 

And the mashups began: 

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In a 1993 interview with Rolling Stone, Jackson explained that songs like “Nasty” and “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” evolved from the need to defend herself from predatory men as a young woman and assert her independence: “Control meant not only taking care of myself but living in a much less protected world. And doing that meant growing a tough skin. Getting attitude.” 

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*First Published: Oct 20, 2016, 1:48 pm CDT