Janet Jackson

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Legal name: Janet Damita Jo Jackson


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 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 arranged by her father and manager Joseph Jackson 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 Records. She received a nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the same year.

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 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 distinguished on records chart. She holds the record for the most consecutive top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Janet Jackson Janet Jackson 4 25
1984 Dream Street Janet Jackson 4 22
1986 Control Janet Jackson 5 40
1989 Rhythm Nation 1814 Janet Jackson 5 14
1993 janet. Janet Jackson 5 5
1997 The Velvet Rope Janet Jackson 5 6
2001 All for You Janet Jackson 4.35 5
2004 Damita Jo Janet Jackson 5 5
2006 20 Y.O. Janet Jackson 5 3
2008 Discipline Janet Jackson 5 12
2015 Unbreakable Janet 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Design of a Decade: 1986/1996 Janet Jackson 5 5
2009 Number Ones Janet 3
2010 Icon: Number Ones Janet Jackson 3

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 More Control Janet Jackson 1
1987 Control: The Remixes Janet Jackson 2
1990 Love Will Never Do (Without You): The Remixes Janet Jackson 1
1995 Janet.Remixed Janet Jackson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Come Give Your Love to Me Janet Jackson 10
1982 Say You Do Janet Jackson 7
1982 Young Love Janet Jackson 10
1983 Don't Mess Up This Good Thing Janet Jackson 1
1984 Don't Stand Another Chance Janet Jackson 2
1984 Fast Girls Janet Jackson 2
1984 Two to the Power of Love Janet Jackson & Cliff Richard 1
1985 Start Anew Janet Jackson 2
1986 What Have You Done for Me Lately Janet Jackson 4
1986 Nasty Janet Jackson 3
1986 When I Think of You Janet Jackson 3
1986 Control Janet Jackson 4
1987 Let's Wait Awhile Janet Jackson 2
1987 The Pleasure Principle Janet Jackson 4
1987 Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun) Janet Jackson 2
1989 Rhythm Nation Janet Jackson 6
1989 Black Cat Janet Jackson 3
1989 Miss You Much Janet Jackson 2
1989 State of the World Janet Jackson 4
1990 Escapade Janet Jackson 6
1990 Come Back to Me Janet Jackson 1
1990 Alright Janet Jackson 4
1990 Love Will Never Do (Without You) Janet Jackson 3
1992 The Best Things in Life Are Free Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson 2
1993 If Janet Jackson 5 2
1993 Again Janet Jackson 1
1993 That's the Way Love Goes Janet Jackson 5 2
1994 Because of Love Janet Jackson 3
1994 Any Time, Any Place / Throb Janet Jackson 5 1
1994 You Want This Janet Jackson 2
1995 Runaway Janet Jackson 5 3
1995 Whoops Now Janet Jackson 2

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