Janet Jackson


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      Janet Jackson looks very sweet.
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      I Got few Michael Jackson Videos on my Ipod. Dangerouse and Bad. And One song put there too many times. He looks IrReSiStAbLe. Too Hansome. He Was a very down to earth man.
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      I luv her so much
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      she is my old time favourite. she inspires me a lot, i love her to death.

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Biography of Janet Jackson


Birthname: Janet Damita Jo Jackson
Date of birth: 1966-05-16
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA
Height: 5' 4"
Nationality: American
Profession: actress, musician

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Janet is the youngest child of the Jackson music family. Breaking away from the shadow of her famous brother, Janet Jackson now ranks as the ninth most successful artist in the history of rock and roll according to Billboard in 2004, who also ranked Jackson as the second most successful female artist of all time. Jackson initially stepped into the limelight as a young actress appearing in television shows. Jackson is well-known for her detailed dance choreography and music videos.
In the mid-1980s, Jackson set out to find her own identity, collaborating with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The trio created Jackson's breakout album, Control (1986), and the socially-focused follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). In the early 1990s, Jackson signed a record-breaking record deal with Virgin Records for the sexually-charged album janet. (1993), which was more successful than its two predecessors and earned Jackson an Oscar nomination. Jackson also returned to acting, starring in Poetic Justice (1993). Her second album under Virgin, The Velvet Rope (1997), was her most introspective ever.
While filming (2000), Jackson continued to work on All for You (2001), which gained success on the Billboard charts. In 2004, Jackson made headlines for her controversial Super Bowl halftime show performance in which Justin Timberlake exposed Jackson's right breast during a duet. It was this event that launched the phrase wardrobe malfunction into popular culture. The event became a media controversy and put a damper on the release of Damita Jo (2004), which failed to yield any successful singles. In 2006, it was announced that Jackson was the "Most Searched on the Internet," and the "Most Searched for News Item," in the Guinness Book of World Records. Jackson is currently dating producer Jermaine Dupri, with whom she worked with on her ninth studio album 20 Y.O. (2006).

Early life

Janet was born the youngest of her nine siblings in Gary, Indiana to parents Joseph and Katherine Jackson. Janet's father worked as a crane operator in a steel mill, and her mother worked as a store clerk for Sears before becoming a devout Jehovah's Witness. The family lived in a two-bedroom house.
Before Janet's birth, her father decided to try his hand at a musical career, fronting the R&B band The Falcons. The band was ultimately unsuccessful, never getting as far as the top nightclubs in Indiana. According to reports, Janet's father was gregarious and stern, while her mother was deeply religious and saintly.
By the time she was a toddler, Janet's older brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael had already begun to perform on stage at nightclubs and theaters as the Jackson 5. In March 1969, the group signed with Motown Records, and by the end of the year the group recorded the first of their four consecutive number-one singles. The Jackson 5's success allowed the entire family to move to Southern California where they settled in a gated mansion named Hayvenhurst in Encino, CA in 1971.
Janet had no intention of entering show business. Instead she aspired to be a horse jockey. However, after the Jackson 5's success began to diminish, Joseph decided to bring the rest of his children into the spotlight. On April 9, 1974, Janet made her public debut performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with nearly all nine members of the Jackson family. Janet quickly became the star of the show, imitating various celebrities such as Cher, Marie Osmond, Toni Tennille and Mae West.
By 1976, the Jackson family's Vegas act had caught the attention of CBS president Fred Silverman. The network was desperately trying to find a new variety act to replace the recently ended Sonny & Cher Show, since ABC had a competing show featuring Donny and Marie Osmond. Debuting on June 16, 1976, The Jacksons show became the first African-American family variety show on TV. The show lasted two seasons and was cancelled in 1977.

Recording career

1982-1985: music beginnings

Jackson always had an interest in music, writing her first song at the age of nine. Though she never aspired to be a professional singer, she nonetheless agreed to participate to help her family. Her first recording was a duet with her brother Randy on a song titled 'Love Song for Kids' in 1978. She participated in her family's other recordings, particularly with sister La Toya and brother Michael.
Although she was asked by her father Joseph to start a singing career, Jackson was uncomfortable with being in the recording studio. She felt she was not as vocally talented as her sister Rebbie or her brother Michael, who was becoming a solo pop superstar. Nonetheless, at the age of 16, she released her debut album, Janet Jackson (1982), though the teenager protested that her last name should not have been on the cover. Produced by soul singers Angela Winbush, Rene Moore and Leon Sylvers of the famed Sylvers family music group, the album reached the top ten of the Billboard R&B album charts. The album spent 45 weeks in the chart's top 50 but was much less successful on the Billboard pop albums chart. The album yielded three singles: Young Love, Say You Do and Come Give Your Love to Me. The album Janet Jackson sold more than 250,000 copies at the time of its release .
In 1984, Jackson, then 18, released her second album, titled Dream Street. It marked a musical progression from her debut, with funkier, up-tempo production by brother Marlon and famed disco producer Giorgio Moroder, who produced songs for artists such as Donna Summer. The album failed to make the Top 100 of the Billboard pop album charts but did reach 19th on the R&B chart. Though Dream Street scored a Top 10 R&B hit with Don't Stand Another Chance, sales of Dream Street were about half of Jackson's debut album. Critics soon began to dismiss Jackson's career as a pop star.
Around the same time, Jackson eloped with James DeBarge, a member of the Motown family group DeBarge. Before they were married Janet and James had been dating since she was 16 and he was 19 and James was the man Janet lost her virginity to that same year at Michael's house, in his bed. While he and LaToya were out they left Janet and James alone so they took that opportunity. The whole family knew what she and James did but no one stopped it. Jackson often admits that the marriage was not good at all. She says there was lots of pain, and abuse both physically and mentally. James would stay out for long hours in the rough parts of town, almost every night Janet would have to pick him up at 3am while he was intoxicated, which damaged her Career because she was on the show Fame, and had to be on the set at 6am, so she didn't get any sleep and made it much harder to concentrate on her career. Michael saw that this wasn't going good so he sat Janet down and talked her into getting a divorce, because James was slowly killing both of their careers. So Janet decided Michael was right, she had to leave James, which was hard because she truly did love him, but she thought she could change him and stop all of negative things they faced on her own. The marriage was annulled in March 1985, with DeBarge's drug habit often cited as the reason. It has long been alleged, but not conclusively proven, that Jackson and DeBarge produced a daughter who was born after their breakup. Also it has been alleged that the child lives with Rebbie Jackson, her sister. After the marriage was annulled and after years of dealing being part of a world-famous family, Jackson began to search for independence.

1986-1991: new image and popularity

After the limited success of her first two albums, A&M A&R John McClain hired producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to revive the music career of the 19-year-old Jackson. Before leaving for Minneapolis, the producers were given the blessing of Jackson's father, her manager at the time, after they promised him that Jackson would not sound anything like Prince. Within months, Jackson, Jam and Lewis crafted the record Control, through which Jackson told her life story.

Control, released February 1986, became a hit, spawning five Top 5 singles, including her first number one single When I Think Of You. The album became a breakthrough record for Jackson partly due to music videos that showcased choreography by Paula Abdul.
Control featured What Have You Done For Me Lately, The Pleasure Principle, and the ballad Let's Wait Awhile. The album went to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart and sold more than five million copies in America by the end of 1986. Control was awarded a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards, including Album of the Year. That same year, Jackson took a step toward her independence; she fired her father-manager, Joseph Jackson.





In 1989, Jackson began recording her fourth album, Rhythm Nation 1814. 1814 refers to the year the song "The Star Spangled Banner" was written, 'R' is the 18th letter of the alphabet and 'N' the 14th, hence 1814. Executives at A&M wanted a record that was similar to Control, but Jackson was determined to do the exact opposite. She presented a mixed bag of danceable New Jack Swing tunes, a rare rock number, several romantic ballads and some socially conscious tracks inspired by the work of Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell).
Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, originally wanted the album's more upbeat tracks to be housed on the first half of the album, with the socially-conscious material featured on the second half. Jackson disagreed. She thought the album had an important message and pushed it to be the record's main focus.


Released in September 1989, Rhythm Nation 1814 went to number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and R&B album chart. The first single, Miss You Much, went to number one. A long-form video which included Miss You Much, The Knowledge and Rhythm Nation was shot by director Domenic Sena (See also Rhythm Nation 1814 Film). The video represented a coming together of all people and took a social stance on issues such as bigotry, ignorance and education. Miss You Much and Rhythm Nation were filmed in black and white and featured elaborate military-style choreography and costumes. The set went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Video.
Rhythm Nation 1814 sold six million copies by the end of the following year and became the first album to spawn seven Top 5 singles: Alright and Come Back To Me, as well as four number one singles: Miss You Much,Rhythm Nation, Escapade, Black Cat and Love Will Never Do (Without You).
In 1990, Billboard awarded the album with the #1 Selling Album of the Year award. Jackson won multiple awards including 15 Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, four Soul Train Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards and her first Grammy Award.

Jackson went on a tour, Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, to promote the album. The tour is still considered to be the most successful debut tour of any recording artist ever, with more than two million people having seen it. She became the first artist to score a #1 hit simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock singles charts with Black Cat in 1990. The song's rock influence was a departure from her other work. The video served as a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour. The album scored four number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and three number one singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
In an effort to take a turn with her image, Jackson decided to shoot a sexy video with photographer Herb Ritts for the final single, Love Will Never Do (Without You). The video proved to be a turning point for Jackson. She was no longer the shy girl that the public had known. Instead, she was a woman who had carved out her place in music history.
In 1991, Jackson and long-time boyfriend, Rene Elizondo Jr., were secretly married in a private ceremony. Both hid their marriage from the public for almost a decade.

1992-1995: career development

Before Jackson released her follow-up to Rhythm Nation 1814, she was freed from her contract with A&M Records. When Jackson signed to Virgin Records in 1992, it was a media event. Her $40 million deal was the largest recording deal in history. It set the stage for her Virgin Records debut album titled janet. or janet period. The eclectic set featured pop, rock, dance, funk and even opera. Janet's long-time partner, Rene Elizondo, once said, "this album is so hot, it should be packaged with a condom." Janet, wanting to be recognized in her own right, dropped the surname 'Jackson.' The album became the first by a female artist to debut at number one during the soundscan era.



Janet decided to return "through the back door," as she described it. She kicked off the album's lead single with a slow sensual ballad, rather than a dance track as she had done previously. The first single, That's The Way Love Goes, became the first and only single in radio history to enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at number one. Within weeks it became number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Janet returned with a new look, which included her signature tight abdomen.
In July 1993, Janet made her big-screen debut in the John Singleton directed, Poetic Justice. Janet's most successful ballad, Again, was featured on the film's soundtrack. The single rose to number one and garnered a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song From A Motion Picture.janet became the first album of the Nielsen SoundScan era to debut in the United States at number one, and it reached number one in 22 countries, sold 17 million copies, and won several awards, including a Grammy Award. It was the fourth best-selling album of the year in the United States, and the eighth best-selling album on the year-end Billboard Top Albums chart during the following year.
The album spawned five other Top 10 hit singles: If, You Want This, Again, Any Time, Any Place, and Because of Love. Janet produced a racy video for the single Any Time, Any Place featuring herself in numerous sexual positions with another actor. Jackson included a message of safe sex in the video. The song stayed afloat at the top of the R&B charts for 10 weeks.

In September 1993, Janet appeared topless on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The cover became one of the most celebrated photos ever taken of a rock artist, and Rolling Stone named it their 'Most Popular Cover Ever' in 2000. In a precursor to her Super Bowl controversy, Janet was criticized for the explicitness of the photograph, as she shyly insisted that the male hands covering her breasts belonged to her husband.

The janet. Tour began in November 1993 and played for 12 full months to packed audiences worldwide.
After years of reservations, Janet decided to collaborate with her brother, Michael Jackson, on the 1995 single, Scream, the lead single from his first greatest hits collection. The song, which lashed out at the media, featured a futuristic music video created with the help of director Mark Romanek.
In October 1995, she released her first Greatest Hits package, Design of a Decade 1986/1996. The album focused primarily on her A&M period but contained one Virgin Records track, That's the Way Love Goes. Two new songs were recorded for the package, Runaway, and Twenty Foreplay.

1996-1999: critical highs and personal lows



In 1996, Janet re-signed with Virgin for a reported $80 million, which made her the highest paid female recording artist of all time. Around the same time, she was trying to create a concept for her sixth album, and had suffered clinical depression. The result was a dark, self-revealing project, The Velvet Rope (1997). In September 1997, the album's lead single, Got 'Til It's Gone was released. The single sampled the Joni Mitchell classic, Big Yellow Taxi and featured a guest spot by rapper, Q-Tip.
Janet returned with a new image, which included piercing, and tattoos, one of which, the Sankofa, an Akan symbol meaning, we must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward, was featured on the inside of her wrist.
Fans were taken aback by the album's content. Songs dealing with domestic abuse, depression, low self-esteem, isolation, and S&M, made up the bulk of the album's content. Velvet Rope's cover, shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth, featured Janet with her head down, in a defeated-like pose, with only the word, Janet, glazed over top of the image—the glazed letters were invisible except in reflections, so they do not appear in pictures of the cover; they were not included on later pressings of the album. Many speculated stories behind the songs, but Janet has remained quiet. Rope became her fourth number-one album on the Billboard 200. In 1998, Janet set out on a world tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, hitting Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.
The album yielded a total of four hit singles. The second single Together Again, an upbeat, musical tribute to her friends who had died of AIDS, became a hit. A portion of the sales from the single, were donated to AIDS research. The funky, Go Deep, and I Get Lonely, were both successful. The last single, Every Time, produced a stunning music video, with Jackson being filmed underwater.
Around the release of The Velvet Rope the media speculated that Jackson's relationship with Rene Elizondo, had fallen apart. Both Jackson and Elizondo admitted later that they had become more business partners than a couple, cultivating the sounds that made Jackson's music popular. By 1999, their secret marriage was over although it was not made public until the following year. Janet explained in interviews that, having been in the public spotlight herself at a young age, she felt that announcing her marriage publicly would have a negative effect on the relationship, which was already struggling.




As her world tour in 1999 came to a close, Janet guest-vocaled on songs, Luv Me, Luv Me, with Shaggy, for the How Stella Got Her Groove Back soundtrack, and the Grammy-nominated, God's Stepchild, (Down on the Delta),What's It Gonna Be, with Busta Rhymes. Janet also contributed vocals on the Blackstreet song, Girlfriend/Boyfriend, and dueted with Elton John for the song, I Know The Truth. With her newfound exposure to Hip Hop, Jackson toyed with the idea of doing a full album focusing musically on the genre. As 1999 ended, Billboard Magazine ranked Jackson as the second most successful artist of the 1990s, behind Mariah Carey.

2000-2003: return to prominence


In mid-2000, Janet returned to the big screen, with her second film, , with Eddie Murphy. Janet Jackson also contributed to the film's soundtrack with the hit, Doesn't Really Matter. During this period, the public learned of Janet's secret longtime marriage to Rene Elizondo. The couple announced that they were separating.
In March 2001, Janet was awarded a top honor American Music Award 'Award of Merit,' and was named MTV's first 'Icon', which resulted in performances featuring Destiny's Child, N'Sync, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Britney Spears and others.

Shortly after, Janet's seventh album, All for You, was released in that same year. The album's number-one title track helped the album debut at number one, her fifth, in its first week of sales with more than 605,000 copies sold in the U.S. All for You would go on to sell more than three million copies in America, and spawned the Billboard hit Someone To Call My Lover. By the end of the year, All for You won Jackson her fifth Grammy Award.
In 2001, Rene Elizondo later sued Janet for spousal support. Their court battle ended in 2003 with the divorce finalized and Elizondo receiving half the multi-million dollar pay-off he was hoping for.
After scoring a top 40 single with Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song is About You)—featuring Carly Simon, the last off the album, remixed by rapper Missy Elliot—and performing her concert All for You Tour in Hawaii in 2002, she collaborated with reggae singer Beenie Man on the song Feel It Boy. Janet began working on her next album the following year, and accepted an invitation to join that following year's Super Bowl festivities.
In 2002, Janet began a relationship with hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri.

2004-2005: wardrobe malfunction and Damita Jo

During the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1, 2004, Jackson performed with Justin Timberlake to a live audience of more than one hundred million people. During the performance, Janet sang along with Timberlake on his song Rock Your Body. When Timberlake sang the lyric "gonna have you naked by the end of this song," he tore open Janet's top exposing her right breast, which was partially covered by a nipple shield. Timberlake called the incident a "wardrobe malfunction..." Janet apologized, calling it an accident and that Timberlake was supposed to pull away the bustier and leave the red-lace bra intact; however, she later said to an interviewer for Genre magazine that she wishes she had not apologized at all.
CBS, the NFL, and MTV (then one of CBS's corporate siblings), which produced the halftime show, denied all responsibility under a hail of controversy. Janet and Timberlake confirmed those denials, but the FCC continued an investigation. As a result, CBS invited Janet to appear at the 2004 Grammy Awards ceremony to make another public apology. She declined, but Justin Timberlake apologized and appeared as both a performer and a presenter.
Jermaine Dupri, Janet's boyfriend, left his post on the Grammy Awards committee after Janet refused to apologize again for what happened at the Super Bowl. Since 2004, there have been rumors that the couple married, though they have consistently denied these reports. Dupri appeared in Janet's video for I Want You, while Janet returned the favor by appearing in Dupri's video for his 2005 single, Gotta Getcha.

In April 2004, she released her eighth studio effort, Damita Jo, with a debut at number two and opening week sales of nearly 400,000 copies. The songs released from the album, including the Prince-inspired Just a Little While, the Motown/Supremes-inspired ballad I Want You, and All Nite (Don't Stop), also performed modestly on the charts. Janet described the album as a portrait of the many personalities living inside her. Damita Jo sold 3 million copies world wide and received nominations from the American Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Source Music Awards, BET Music Awards, and Grammy Awards including Contemporary R&B Album of the Year.

Janet appeared as a host on Saturday Night Live on April 10, 2004, where she performed a skit that parodied the Super Bowl incident. Janet also appeared in the sitcom Will & Grace playing herself as Jack auditioned to be her back-up dancer.


Janet became the most-searched for person on the Internet in 2004. Jackson was also the most-searched of 2005 on Google.com.
On June 15 2005, Janet was awarded a Humanitarian Award by the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization on behalf of her work and involvement in raising money for AIDS charities. She accepted the award saying, "what I've learned in these recent months is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's real, it's a beautiful light that both comforts our minds and strengthens our souls. Tonight my heart is filled with gratitude for that light. I'm so grateful that prayers are answered, that faith is rewarded and tolerance is celebrated as a virtue. I'm grateful that God is of unconditional love."

2006-present: turning 20 Years Old

Janet released her ninth album September 26 2006. The album debut at Number 2 on the Billboard 200 charts selling 296,873 copies in its first week. Jermaine Dupri, one of the executive producers, said the new album would be titled 20 Years Old, a nod to the 20th anniversary of Control, and references to how old Janet "currently feels". Janet officially changed the title of the album to 20 Y.O. after a fan's suggestion during the "Design Me" contest to design a cover for a limited release. 20 Y.O completes Janet's album commitment with Virgin Records.
On May 1 2006, Janet revealed a remade song, Weekend, on her official website, along with a message stating that she had finished working on 20 Y.O. The next day, Janet left a new message saying that Weekend would not appear on 20 Y.O., and that the first single Call on Me, a duet with Nelly which became a #1 R&B hit, would be released on June 19 2006. The single eventually premiered on Z100 radio on June 17 2006. It was reported that a tour in support of the album is being planned.
Janet celebrated her 40th birthday on May 16 2006, with a birthday bash at Shereen Arazms Shag in Los Angeles. Many of her former dancers attended. Janet was serenaded by singer Stevie Wonder.
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In May 2006, Janet was quoted saying, "I love this album, and I hate to say, 'expect an album that you'll love'—which I just said, but I love this, so hopefully everyone else will enjoy it ... and it's different, it's a little reminiscent, yet it's new and fresh." Jackson appeared on the cover of Us Weekly in June 2006 and it became the magazine's best selling issue ever, beating issues with Angelina Jolie and Jessica Simpson on the cover.
On July 11 2006, in a live radio interview on Los Angeles radio station Power 106, Janet, along with producer Jermaine Dupri, revealed that a show is being planned where Janet would perform only songs from the Control album in celebration of its twentieth anniversary. However, the show never materialized, Jackson instead continued to design her world tour. A reality show for Janet's Myspace page, (which Dupri had also discussed), has since launched with new episodes appearing nearly every week.
On July 18 2006, Janet launched a contest giving fans an opportunity to create the artwork for her ninth studio album 20 Y.O. The Design Me contest requires participants to download images of Janet, create proposed album covers, and to post the creations on the contest page. Janet hand-picked dozens of images, new and old, to be used in the contest. Janet selected her top four favorites, which were used for the first one million copies of 20 Y.O.
In a live appearance on the BET show 106 & Park, Jackson revealed that she plans to release a fitness book and video, detailing how she has lost weight.So Excited, the second single from 20 Y.O., was released on August 28, 2006. Janet has decided that the next single set for an early December 2006 release will be, "With U". Early fan favourites have been "With U" and "Enjoy" (which is currently a single only in Japan). Janet opened the 2006 Billboard Music Awards on December 4, 2006. She performed a medley of "Control", "Pleasure Principle", and "So Excited".
Jackson's tour in support of 20 Y.O. will begin in March 2007. Rehearsals begin January 2007. ref>NY Times. "Janet Jackson, Reduced but Not Restrained". Retrieved September 25, 2006.

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