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Janet Jackson

Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 30 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 Records 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 success 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, multimillion-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. The release of her seventh studio album All for You (2001) coincided with a celebration of her impact on popular music as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin she released her tenth studio album Discipline (2008), her first and only album with Island Records. In 2015 she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own record label, Rhythm Nation. Having sold over 160 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. She has amassed an extensive catalog, with singles such as "Nasty", "Rhythm Nation", "That's the Way Love Goes", "Together Again" and "All for You" among her signature songs; she holds the record for the most consecutive top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a female artist with 18. 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". 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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Born:
May 16, 1966 In Gary, Indiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
43
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie For Colored Girls 2010-11-05
Known For
Poster of Why Did I Get Married?
Poster of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Poster of MTV Video Music Awards
Poster of The Jim Nabors Hour
Filmography
Movie For Colored Girls Jo / Red 2010-11-05
Movie Michael Jackson: The Inside Story - What Killed the King of Pop? herself 2010-01-26
Movie Why Did I Get Married Too? Patricia 2010-04-02
Movie Michael Jackson Memorial Herself 2009-07-07
Series Live from Studio Five Unknown 2009-09-14
Movie Why Did I Get Married? Patricia 2007-10-12
Series The Tyra Banks Show Unknown 2005-09-12
Movie Janet Jackson: From Janet. To Damita Jo: The Videos 2004-09-06
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Janet: Live in Hawaii Herself 2002-02-17
Movie Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Denise Gaines 2000-07-27
Series Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Movie Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope Tour Herself 1998-10-11
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996 1995-10-10
Movie Michael Jackson - Scream feat. Janet Jackson Janet Jackson 1995-06-01
Movie Poetic Justice Justice 1993-07-23
Series GMTV Unknown 1993-01-01
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films Herself 1993-09-28
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 1989-09-16
Series MTV Video Music Awards Unknown 1984-09-14
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Series Fame 1982-01-07
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Series A New Kind of Family 1979-09-16
Series Diff'rent Strokes Unknown 1978-11-03
Series The Sonny & Cher Show Unknown 1976-02-01
Series The Jacksons 1976-06-16
Series Cher Unknown 1975-02-16
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Good Times Milicent 'Penny' Woods 1974-02-08
Series The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Unknown 1971-08-01
Series The Flip Wilson Show Unknown 1970-09-17
Series The Jim Nabors Hour Unknown 1969-09-25
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series The Grammys Unknown 1959-05-04
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20