“Runaway” Was Offered To Janet & Michael Jackson As A Duet But They Choose “Scream” Instead

Mike Wass | September 24, 2014 11:51 am

It’s difficult to imagine Janet Jackson‘s breezy 1995 hit “Runaway” as a duet with brother Michael Jackson but it almost happened according to legendary producer Jimmy Jam. The evergreen hitmaker was questioned about his use of samples in the song last night (September 23) on Twitter, which prompted him to reveal that the travel-inspiring anthem was almost a duet.

“No samples in ‘Runaway’ but the track was created for @JanetJackson & @michaeljackson duet,” Jimmy tweeted. “He chose the ‘Scream’ track.” Given everything Michael was going through at the time, it’s not exactly surprising that he went with the darker, angrier option. But perhaps they could have done both. Just imagine MJ dancing with Janet on the Eiffel Tower and Opera House! See the Twitter exchange after the jump.

And there’s also this…

Revisit “Runaway” and “Scream” below:

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