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Janet Jackson

Biography

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 is a prominent figure in popular culture. The youngest of the Jackson family, she began her career in several 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 her record producers incorporated elements of dance, rhythm and blues, funk, disco, and industrial beats, which led to appeal in popular music. In addition to 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. Janet (1993) saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol, as she began to explore carnality in her work. She appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice, and has continued to act in feature films, such as Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and Why Did I Get Married?. Her next album, The Velvet Rope (1997), chronicled her struggle with depression. She was named the second most successful recording artist of the decade. Her following album, All for You (2001), was succeeded by Damita Jo (2004), 20 Y.O. (2006), and Discipline (2008). She has amassed an extensive catalog of hits, with "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 among 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 ranked her as the seventh most successful artist on their list of the Hot 100 "All-Time Top Artists," and in 2010, ranked her the fifth most successful of the past 25 years on their R&B chart. 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.

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