In the last year Jackson has been through a lot—she gave birth to her son Eissa, then separated from her husband Wissam Al Mana, prepared to continue with her international tour months after giving birth, received the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards, headlined music festivals in the summer of , and mourned the loss of her father, Joe Jackson. In May , when she announced that she would be returning to the tour after having her baby, Jackson explained that she would be calling it the State of the World tour taken from her single of the same name. But due to the precarious essence of American politics, her tour which began in September ultimately takes a socially conscious stance, confronting police brutality, domestic violence, and homophobia with the set list and visuals. At the Billboard Music Awards in May , the singer proclaimed her support of the MeToo movement, saying, "At long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused. The track itself is the first one she has ever recorded as an indie artist, after linking her own label, Rhythm Nation Records, with Cinq Music, an indie distributor and publisher. Her lyrics speak to the boundaries placed upon her when forced to choose one genre for her music.
It was produced by English songwriter, musician and producer Harmony Samuels , with additional production contributions by Jackson's long-term collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis alongside Jackson. The song was made available for digital download on August 17, , with a Dave Meyers -directed music video released simultaneously. The release marks the first for Jackson's new partnership with independent music publisher and distributor Cinq Music to distribute future releases her from her independent label Rhythm Nation Records. The latter is known for its work in the Latin music market and would be working with Jackson to distribute "Made for Now" as well as future releases. This is just the beginning.
The song became another hit for Jackson on the US Billboard Hot , reaching number three, and it was successful abroad, peaking at number two in Canada, number three in New Zealand, number six in the United Kingdom and number eight in Australia. It reached the top 40 in at least 12 additional countries. It was also a top ten hit in Australia and New Zealand while reaching the top 30 in most other countries. It starts from in New York City where Jackson is in her apartment. She walks in the living room and puts her dog on the floor. She climbs out the window and jumps out, landing on a telephone pole. Upon returning from her trip, Jackson climbs back into her apartment to be greeted by her dog. The video and its production documentary appear exclusively on the Design of a Decade: — video release. Jackson has performed the song on most of her tours since its release.
A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows. The tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the s and early s, including Good Times, Diff'rent Strokes, and Fame. Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music. In , Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry. Her fifth album Janet saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her music. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice, and has since continued to act in feature films. Jackson then released her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope , which is distinguished for its innovative production and dark lyrical content. By the end of the s, she was named by Billboard magazine as the second most successful recording artist of the decade after Mariah Carey. Her seventh album All for You coincided with a celebration of her impact on the recording industry as the inaugural MTV Icon.