What Have You Done For Me Lately

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What Have You Done For Me Lately


from the Blu-Ray included on the Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America
Song details
Performer: Shelby J., Liv Warfield, Elisa Dease
First Released: 30 July 2021 - Welcome 2 America Deluxe Edition
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Producer(s): Prince (assumed, no official credits given)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

What Have You Done For Me Lately, a live cover version (from the show given on 28 April 2011 at The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA) of the track by Janet Jackson, was released as the seventh track on the Blu-Ray included on the Deluxe Edition of Welcome 2 America. No audio-only version of this performance has been released.

The song was the first single released in 1986 from Janet Jackson’s third album Control. It was her first record produced by former Time members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.


Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
n/a n/a This track is not believed to have been recorded in the studio by Prince
Recording Personnel

N.B. - recording personnel below refer to released live version; this track is not known to have been recorded in the studio by Prince

Live version from 2011


Versions
Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
What Have You Done For Me Lately n/a n/a n/a There have been no audio-only releases of this track on ‘hard-format’.
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
What Have You Done For Me Lately ?:?? Welcome 2 America Deluxe Edition Live 28 April 2011, The Forum, Inglewood, CA, USA
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Partyman/What Have You Done For Me Lately ?:?? Delayed concert TV broadcast
Live 31 August 1990, Tokyo Dome (東京ドーム), Tokyo, Japan
What Have You Done For Me Lately ?:?? 3121 Radio audio stream Live 25 February 2006, Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota


 
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • When Prince started to play What Have You Done For Me Lately in 1986, he often asked the crowd « Who wrote that ? » causing debates whether or not he was involved in the writing the song. It was probably more of a tease or a provocation towards his former colleagues than anything else. However Morris Day has said in an interview that Prince recorded songs after hearing grooves created by The Time members during rehearsals and considered them to be 'his' songs as the band was signed to his company. What Have You Done For Me Lately may contains musical ideas that originate from one these rehearsals and used by Prince on one his songs that remains unreleased, but that’s purely speculative and he did not claim a credit at the ASCAP like he did for the song Pandemonium. The original version of What Have You Done For Me Lately was recorded Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis after they were fired from The Time and intended for a project called 'The Secret' planned to be released in 1984. That album remained on the shelves and some of the songs were given to other artists over the years. They rewrote some of the lyrics with Janet Jackson and included it in Control.

References
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