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Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson's contract with Virgin Records, signed in March 1991, was at the time the largest recording contract in history, at $32 million. (Michael Jackson reportedly held off signing his so-called "billion-dollar" contract until after Janet signed so as not to steal her publicity.)

In the summer of 1993, Jackson unveiled her fifth album, titled Janet as well as her first starring film role, in the drama Poetic Justice, directed by John Singleton, who had received two Oscar nominations for writing and directing his debut feature, Boyz N the Hood. The film received disappointing reviews, but Jackson received an Oscar nomination for "Again," which she performed on the soundtrack. Janet (another Jam and Lewis collaboration), sold more than six million copies, and featured "Any Time, Any Place," which became Jackson's 14th gold single, tying her with Aretha Franklin as the female solo singers with the most gold singles. In addition, "That's the Way Love Goes" earned a Grammy nomination for best rhythm and blues song. Jackson also produced a song with brother Michael entitled "Scream" in 1995. The music video cost $7 million to produce, making it the most expensive video ever made.


Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television roles, and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 years. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.

After signing a recording contract with A&M in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third studio album Control (1986). 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 appeal in popular music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her records, choreography, music videos, and prominence on radio airplay and MTV, she was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics.

In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the industry. Her debut album under the label, Janet (1993), saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her work. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; since then she has continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, she was named the second most successful recording artist of the decade. She has amassed an extensive catalog of hits, with singles such as "Nasty", "Rhythm Nation", "If", "That's the Way Love Goes", "Together Again" and "All for You" among her most iconic.

Having sold over 140 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard magazine released its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, placing her at number seven, while in 2010, ranking her fifth among the "Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years." In March 2014 Fuse listed Jackson as the third most awarded musician of all-time. One of the world's most awarded artists, her longevity, records and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers.
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Janet is the youngest of the 9 Jackson children. She was only 3 years old when her brothers became pop superstars as the The Jackson 5, topping the charts with their first record "I Want You Back." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Her albums The Velvet Rope and All For You were banned by the government of Singapore for sexual content and homosexual references.
She played "Penny" on the TV show Good Times from 1977-1979. She also played Willis' girlfriend on Diff'rent Strokes.
At halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl, she caused a stir at the end of the show when Justin Timberlake ripped off part of her costume, revealing her right breast on live TV. Jackson and Timberlake claimed it was a "Wardrobe Malfunction," but this explanation didn't go over well with the NFL, CBS, or the Federal Communications Commission.
The key worn on Janet Jackson's ear on the cover of the Rhythm Nation 1814 album was a key to animal cages on the Jackson family's estate.
In 2008, she left Def Jam after just 14 months at the label. Her management released a statement saying she will "have autonomy over her career, without the restrictions of a label system. Always known to break new ground and set trends, Janet's departure from Island makes her one of the first superstar artists to have the individual freedom to promote their work through a variety of avenues such as iTunes, mobile carriers and other diverse and innovative channels.

 

80's Hits

I Miss You Much
Let's wait awhile
Nasty Boys
Pleasure Principle
What Have You Done For Me Lately
When I Think of You

90's Hits

Again
Alright
Because of Love
Black Cat
Come Back To Me
Escapade
If
Love Will Never Do (Without You)
Rhythm Nation
Runaway
That's the Way Love Goes
Together Again
You Want This

Jazz Music

That's The Way Love Goes

Rock

All For You

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