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Janet Jackson

AKA: Janet D. J. Jackson and Janet Damita Jo Jackson

About Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson was born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana. She is the youngest child of the Jackson family, beginning her career at the tender age of seven, she eventually made her own name in popular 70’s and 80’s sitcoms Good Times, Different Strokes and Fame. After two promising but commercially lackluster studio albums, Janet emerged into superstardom with the release of her third studio album Control, which yielded 5 consecutive top-5 hits on the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. Following the release of her fourth album, Rhythm Nation 1814, Jackson headlined her first solo world tour in 1990, becoming the most popular debuting act. The album also spawned 7 top-5 hits on the Billboard charts, a record for a recording artist.
Its follow up 1993’s Janet, saw Jackson exploring her sexuality and cemented her status as an international sex symbol and global music icon, becoming one of the biggest selling albums of all-time, with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. In 1997, after the release of her first greatest hits collection Design of a Decade in 1995, Jackson released her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope which garnered universal praise from critics and fans, and is widely regarded as her magnum opus due to its groundbreaking production, mature subject matter, and Jackson’s willingness to experiment. The album is also cited as an inspiration for various artists who transition to a darker or more mature sound. In 2001, Jackson released her seventh studio album All for You giving Janet her fifth consecutive number one album, it was praised by critics and fans and sold nearly ten million copies worldwide. Though it did receive controversy for its explicit sexual content and was banned in several countries.
Following a highly controversial Super Bowl Halftime show performance, Jackson released Damita Jo in 2004 and 20 Y.O. in 2006, both of which received mixed to positive reviews from critics and fans alike and failed to reach the commercial success of her earlier works. In 2008, Jackson released her tenth studio album Discipline which was her first number one album in nearly seven years, although promotion for the album quickly ended. Following several film appearances in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s (and also the death of her older brother Michael Jackson), Janet returned to music in 2015, releasing her critically acclaimed Unbreakable, it debuted at number one.