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Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson featured on the cover of Rolling Stone with the hands of her then-unknown husband René Elizondo Jr. cupping her breasts

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American recording artist and actress. Born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, California, she is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her family beginning at the age of seven, and later started her career as an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on to star in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Diff'rent Strokes.

At age sixteen in 1982, Jackson signed a recording contract with A&M, releasing her self-titled debut album the same year. She faced criticism for her limited vocal range, and for being yet another member of the Jackson family to become a recording artist. Beginning with her third studio album Control (1986), Jackson began a long-term collaboration with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Her music with Jam and Lewis incorporated contemporary R&B with elements of rap music, sample loop, triple swing and industrial beats, which led to crossover appeal in popular music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her albums, choreography, music videos, and prominence on MTV, Jackson was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics.

In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar recording contracts with Virgin Records, which established her as one of the highest paid artists in the music industry. Her debut album under the Virgin label, janet. (1993), saw Jackson 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 decade, Jackson was named the second most successful recording artist of the 1990s. All for You (2001), became her fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one the Billboard 200 album charts. In 2007, she changed labels, signing with the Island Def Jam Music Group and released her tenth studio album Discipline the following year.

Jackson is ranked by Billboard magazine as one of the top ten best-selling music artists in the history of contemporary music, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide. The Recording Industry Association of America lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. Jackson's longevity in the recording industry has rivaled that of several entertainers and her musical style and choreography have influenced a number of contemporary pop and R&B artists.

In 1974, at the age of seven, Jackson appeared on stage in Las Vegas, Nevada with her siblings in a routine show at the MGM Casino. Jane Cornwell documented in her biography of the singer, Janet Jackson (2002), that at age eight Joseph Jackson told Janet not to call him "Dad" anymore since he was her manager; he told her she would henceforth address him as "Joseph". She began her career as an actress with the debut of the CBS variety show The Jacksons (1976), in which she appeared with her siblings Tito, Rebbie, Randy, Michael, Marlon, La Toya and Jackie. In 1977, Jackson was selected by producer Norman Lear to play a recurring role as Penny Gordon Woods in the sitcom Good Times. From 1979 to 1980, Jackson starred in A New Kind of Family as Jojo Ashton, and then joined the cast of Diff'rent Strokes, portraying Charlene Duprey from 1981 to 1982. She played a recurring role during the fourth season of the television series Fame as Cleo Hewitt, though she later commented that the series was not a project she enjoyed working on.

Although Jackson was initially apprehensive about starting a music career, she agreed to participate in recording sessions with her family. The first of these, a duet with her brother Randy titled "Love Song for Kids", took place in 1978. When Jackson was sixteen, her father arranged a contract for her with A&M Records. Her debut album, Janet Jackson, produced by soul singers Angela Winbush, René Moore and Leon F. Sylvers III, was released in 1982, the entire production of which was overseen by her father Joseph. It peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot R&B albums chart.

Jackson's second album, Dream Street, was released two years later. Her father recruited her brothers to help produce the album: Marlon co-wrote two of the album's tracks, while Tito, Jackie and Michael provided background vocals. Dream Street reached number nineteen on the R&B albums chart; its sales were less than that of Jackson's debut album. The album's only hit, "Don't Stand Another Chance", peaked at number nine on Billboard's R&B singles chart. In late 1984, Jackson eloped with childhood friend and fellow R&B singer James DeBarge. They divorced shortly afterwards, and the marriage was annulled in mid-1985.

Control was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and has sold over ten million copies worldwide. Billboard credited it as being the fifth best-selling album of 1986 in the United States. It won four American Music Awards, from twelve nominations—a record that has yet to be broken—and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1987 Grammy Awards. Richard J. Ripani Ph.D., author of The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999 (2006), observed that the album was one of the first successful records to influence the rise of new jack swing, incorporating R&B, funk, jazz, soul and various production techniques which emerged in the late-1980s. The success of Control, according to Ripani, bridged the gap between R&B and rap music.

In September 1989, Jackson released her fourth album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. Though executives at A&M wanted an album similar to Control, Jackson was unwilling to compromise her artistic integrity, and was determined to imbue her music with a socially conscious message that complimented her songs about love and relationships. Jackson stated, "I'm not naive—I know an album or a song can't change the world. I just want my music and my dance to catch the audience's attention, and to hold it long enough for them to listen to the lyrics and what we're saying." Producer Jimmy Jam told The Boston Globe, "We would always have a TV turned on, usually to CNN ... And I think the social slant of songs like Rhythm Nation, State of the World and The Knowledge came from that." Rolling Stone magazine's Vince Aletti observed Jackson shifted from "personal freedom to more universal concerns—injustice, illiteracy, crime, drugs—without missing a beat." Richard J. Ripani observed that the album, much like its predecessor, contained heavy styling of new jack swing; the use of sample loop, triple swing, rap vocals and blues notes are present in the album's title-track "Rhythm Nation".

The Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, Jackson's first world tour in support of a studio album, aimed to recreate the "award–winning, visually innovative" music videos of Rhythm Nation 1814 and Control, and was described as "an elaborately choreographed spectacle" by Entertainment Weekly. As Jackson began her tour, she was acknowledged for the cultural impact of her music. Joel Selvin of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote "the 23-year-old has been making smash hit records for four years, becoming a fixture on MTV and a major role model to teenage girls across the country", and William Allen, then-executive vice president of the United Negro College Fund, told the Los Angeles Times, "Jackson is a role model for all young people to emulate and the message she has gotten to the young people of this country through the lyrics of 'Rhythm Nation 1814' is having positive effects." With an attendance of more than two million patrons, the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour remains the most successful debut tour by any recording artist. Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women: Global Women's Issues and Knowledge (2000) documented that Jackson's success during this time period placed her on par with several other recording artists, including her older brother Michael Jackson, Madonna and Tina Turner.

With the release of Rhythm Nation 1814, Jackson fulfilled her contract with A&M Records. In 1991, after being approached personally by Virgin Records owner Richard Branson, she signed a highly publicized multi-million dollar contract with the label. The contract value was estimated between $32–50 million, and she became the highest paid female recording artist in contemporary music. That same year, Jackson secretly entered into her second marriage with long-term friend—dancer, songwriter and director René Elizondo, Jr. In May 1992, Jackson recorded a song entitled "The Best Things in Life Are Free" with Luther Vandross, featuring Bell Biv Devoe and Ralph Tresvant, for the Mo' Money film soundtrack.

In May 1993, Jackson's fifth studio album entitled janet. (pronounced "Janet, period."), was released by Virgin Records and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Jackson commented, "... ertain people feel I'm just riding on my last name ... That's why I just put my first name on janet. and why I never asked my brothers to write or produce music for me." The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) commented that the album's number one hit single "That's the Way Love Goes"—winner of the 1994 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song—and the top 10 singles "If", "Because of Love", "You Want This", and "Any Time, Any Place", all contained "grown-up desires". Rolling Stone wrote: "As princess of America's black royal family, everything Janet Jackson does is important. Whether proclaiming herself in charge of her life, as she did on Control (1986), or commander in chief of a rhythm army dancing to fight society's problems (Rhythm Nation 1814, from 1989), she's influential. And when she announces her sexual maturity, as she does on her new album, Janet., it's a cultural moment." Robert Johnson of San Antonio Express-News wrote that the album ranges from "dreamy and sensual" to "downright erotic", and although " isn't perfect ... it should be enough to make her the Queen of Pop." Conversely, David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave it a moderate rating, asserting "her wispy voice is often smothered by her two male producers", and regarded janet. as a "blatant rip-off of the club-beat style of Madonna's Erotica." janet. was later certified six times platinum by the RIAA, with worldwide sales exceeding ten million copies.

In July 1993, Jackson made her film debut in Poetic Justice. Rolling Stone described Jackson's performance as "a beguiling film debut" despite her inexperience, while The Washington Post considered her "believably eccentric". Jackson's ballad "Again" was featured on the film's soundtrack, and garnered a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

In September 1993, Jackson appeared topless on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with the hands of her then-husband René Elizondo, Jr. covering her breasts. The photograph is the original full-length version of the cropped image used on the cover of the janet. album, shot by Patrick Demarchelier. Sonia Murray of The Vancouver Sun later reported, "Jackson, 27, remains clearly established as both role model and sex symbol; the Rolling Stone photo of Jackson ... became one of the most recognizable, and most lampooned, magazine covers of the year." In the cover story, "Sexual Healing" by David Ritz, Jackson explained, "... sex has been an important part of me for several years. But it just hasn't blossomed publicly until now. I've had to go through some changes and shed some old attitudes before feeling completely comfortable with my body. Listening to my new record, people intuitively understand the change in me." Ritz likened Jackson's transformation to Marvin Gaye as he stated, "ust as Gaye moved from What's Going On to Let's Get It On, from the austere to the ecstatic, Janet, every bit as serious-minded as Marvin, moved from Rhythm Nation to janet., her statement of sexual liberation." Jackson's second world tour—the janet. Tour—garnered critical acclaim as Michael Snyder of the San Francisco Chronicle described Jackson's stage performance as erasing the line between "stadium-size pop music concerts and full-scale theatrical extravaganzas", and Steve Pick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch observed Jackson's show made the janet. album's numerous hit singles more effective with her "larger-than-life stage persona".

During this time period, Jackson's brother Michael Jackson was immersed in a child sex abuse scandal, of which he denied any wrongdoing. Jackson gave moral support to her brother, and denied allegations made by her sister La Toya Jackson in her book La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family (1991) that their parents had abused her and her siblings as children. In an interview with Lynn Norment of Ebony, Jackson commented on her sister's then-estrangement from the family, stating, "her has ... brainwashed her so much she keeps herself away from us." Norment reported during the recording of janet., "LaToya suddenly showed up and created a scene at the Minneapolis recording studio", despite the fact that " sister had ignored her calls for four years prior to that." In addition, Jackson criticized her brother Jermaine Jackson for attacking Michael in his 1991 single "Word To The Badd". She later collaborated with her brother Michael on "Scream", the lead single from his 1995 album HIStory, which was written by both siblings as a response to the media scrutiny he suffered from being accused of child sexual abuse. The song debuted at number five on the Hot 100 singles chart, becoming the first song ever to debut in the top 5. Scream is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the "Most Expensive Music Video Ever Made" at a cost of $7 million. Jackson and her brother won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video for Scream.

In October 1995, Jackson's first compilation album, Design of a Decade 1986/1996, was released via A&M Records and debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. The lead single "Runaway" peaked at number three on the Hot 100. Design of a Decade 1986/1996 was certified two times platinum by the RIAA and sold over four million copies worldwide. In January 1996, Jackson renewed her contract with Virgin Records for a reported $80 million dollars. The contract established her as the then-highest paid recording artist in contemporary music, surpassing the recording industry's then-unparalleled $60 million dollar contracts earned by her brother, Michael Jackson and Madonna.

Released in October 1997, The Velvet Rope debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the RIAA later certified the album three times platinum. In August 1997 the album's lead single, "Got 'Til It's Gone", was released to radio, peaking at number 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. The single sampled the Joni Mitchell song "Big Yellow Taxi", and featured a cameo appearance by rapper Q-Tip. Got 'Til It's Gone won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. The album's second single "Together Again", became Jackson's eighth number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and placing her on par with Elton John, Diana Ross, and The Rolling Stones. The single spent a record 46 weeks on the Hot 100, as well as spending 19 weeks on the UK singles chart. "I Get Lonely" peaked at number three on the Hot 100.

Jackson donated a portion of the proceeds earned from "Together Again" to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Neil McCormick of The Daily Telegraph observed, " even makes a bid for gay icon status, delivering a diva-ish performance reminiscent of Diana Ross on 'Together Again' (a post-Aids pop song), singing a paean to homosexuality on the jazzy 'Free Xone' and climaxing (if that's the right word) with a bizarre lesbian reinterpretation of Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's the Night'." Rolling Stone regarded "Free Xone" as the album's "best song", describing it as an "anti-homophobia track shifts moods and tempos on a dime, segueing from a Prince-like jam to a masterful sample from Archie Bell and the Drells' 'Tighten Up'." The Velvet Rope was honored by the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, and received the award for Outstanding Music Album at the 9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

In 1998, Jackson began the The Velvet Rope Tour, an international trek that included Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. Robert Hilburn of the The Los Angeles Times reported, "here is so much of the ambition and glamour of a Broadway musical in Janet Jackson's new Velvet Rope tour that it's only fitting that the concert program credits her as the show's 'creator and director'." Jackson's HBO special, The Velvet Rope: Live in Madison Square Garden, was watched by more than fifteen million viewers. The two hour concert beat the ratings of all four major networks in homes that were subscribed to HBO. The following month, Jackson separated from Elizondo Jr. As her world tour came to a close in 1999, Jackson lent guest vocals to a number of songs by other artists, including Shaggy's "Luv Me, Luv Me", for the soundtrack to How Stella Got Her Groove Back, "God's Stepchild" from the Down on the Delta soundtrack, "Girlfriend/Boyfriend" with BLACKstreet, and "What's It Gonna Be?!" with Busta Rhymes. Jackson also performed a duet with Elton John for the song "I Know the Truth". At the 1999 World Music Awards, Jackson received the Legend Award alongside Cher for "lifelong contribution to the music industry and outstanding contribution to the pop industry." As 1999 ended, Billboard magazine ranked Jackson as the second most successful artist of the decade, behind Mariah Carey.

In July 2000, Jackson appeared in her second film, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, as Professor Denise Gaines, opposite Eddie Murphy. The film became Jackson's second to open at number one at the box office, grossing an estimated $42.7 million dollars in its opening weekend. Her contribution to the film's soundtrack, "Doesn't Really Matter", became her ninth number one Billboard Hot 100 single. In the same year, Jackson's husband filed for divorce. Jeff Gordinier of Entertainment Weekly reported that for eight of the thirteen years Jackson and Elizondo had known one another, " were married—a fact they managed to hide not only from the international press but from Jackson's own father." Elizondo filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Jackson, estimated between $10–25 million; they did not reach a settlement until 2003.

The album's title-track, "All for You", debuted on the Hot 100 at number fourteen, the highest debut ever for a single that was not commercially available. Teri VanHorn of MTV dubbed Jackson "Queen of Radio" as the single made radio airplay history, " added to every pop, rhythmic and urban radio station that reports to the national trade magazine Radio & Records" in its first week. The single peaked at number one, where it topped the Hot 100 for seven weeks. Jackson received the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for "All for You". The second single, "Someone to Call My Lover", which contained a heavy guitar loop of America's "Ventura Highway", peaked at number three on the Hot 100. All For You sold more than four million copies worldwide, and was certified double platinum by the RIAA.

In 2002, Jackson collaborated with reggae singer Beenie Man on the song "Feel It Boy". Jackson later admitted regret over the collaboration after discovering Beenie Man's music often contained homophobic lyrics, and she issued an apology to her gay following in an article contained in The Voice. Jackson also began her relationship with record producer Jermaine Dupri that same year.

For the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in February 2004, Jackson performed a medley of her singles "All for You" and "Rhythm Nation"; she then performed alongside Justin Timberlake. As Timberlake sang the lyric "gonna have you naked by the end of this song" from his single "Rock Your Body", he tore open Jackson's top, exposing her right breast. After the performance, Jackson apologized, calling it an accident, and said that Timberlake was supposed to pull away the bustier and leave the red-lace bra intact. She further commented, "I am really sorry if I offended anyone. That was truly not my intention ... MTV, CBS, the NFL had no knowledge of this whatsoever, and unfortunately, the whole thing went wrong in the end." Timberlake also issued an apology, calling the accident a "wardrobe malfunction". Time magazine reported that the incident became the most replayed moment in TiVo history and Monte Burke of Forbes magazine reported "he fleeting moment enticed an estimated 35,000 new subscribers to sign up." Jackson was later listed in the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records as "Most Searched in Internet History" and the "Most Searched for News Item". CBS, the NFL, and MTV (CBS's sister network, which produced the halftime show), denied any knowledge of, and all responsibility for, the incident. Still, the Federal Communications Commission continued an investigation, ultimately losing its appeal for a $550,000 fine against CBS.

As a result of the incident, CBS would only allow Jackson and Timberlake to appear during the 46th Grammy Awards ceremony if they each made a public apology to the network, without attributing the incident to a "wardrobe malfunction". Timberlake issued an apology, but Jackson refused. Jermaine Dupri resigned from his position on the Grammy Awards committee as a result. The controversy halted plans for Jackson to star in a made-for-TV biopic on the life on singer Lena Horne for ABC-TV. Though Horne was reportedly displeased by the Super Bowl incident and insisted that ABC pull Jackson from the project, according to Jackson's representatives, she withdrew from the project willingly.

Jackson appeared as a host of Saturday Night Live on April 10, 2004, where she performed a skit that parodied the Super Bowl incident. She also appeared in the television sitcom Will & Grace playing herself, interacting with sitcom characters Karen Walker and Jack McFarland as Jack was auditioning to be one of her back-up dancers. By the end of 2004, Damita Jo had sold 942,000 copies in the United States and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. Although the album debuted at number two, its three singles all failed to become top 40 hits. Keith Caulfield of Billboard commented, "or a singles artist like Jackson, who has racked up 27 top 10 Hot 100 singles in her career, including 10 No. 1s, this could probably be considered a disappointment." Billboard's Clover Hope reported Damita Jo "was largely overshadowed by the Super Bowl fiasco" and that Jermaine Dupri, the then-president of the urban music department at Virgin Records, expressed "sentiments of nonsupport" from the company.

In November 2004, Jackson was honored as an African-American role model by 100 Black Men of America, Inc., who presented her with the "organization's Artistic Achievement Award saluting 'a career that has gone from success to greater success'." Though the New York Amsterdam News reported "here were a number of attendees who expressed dismay over presenting an award to the 38-year-old performer" due to the Super Bowl incident, the organization's President Paul Williams responded, "n individual's worth can't be judged by a single moment in that person's life." In June 2005, Jackson was honored with a Humanitarian Award by the Human Rights Campaign and AIDS Project Los Angeles, in recognition of her work and involvement in raising money for AIDS charities.

Rolling Stone magazine's Evan Serpick remarked "he title of Janet Jackson's latest album refers to the two decades since she released her breakthrough, Control, with hits like 'Nasty' and 'What Have You Done for Me Lately.' If we were her, we wouldn't make the comparison." However, Glenn Gamboa of Newsday gave the album a positive rating, stating that "n '20 Y.O.' she skips all that drama of breaking free and asserting herself. She also keeps most of the tie-me-up, tie-me-down sexual raunch of her recent albums in the closet. This album is all about dancing and returning to her R&B roots." The album's lead single "Call on Me," a duet with rapper Nelly, peaked at number twenty-five on the Hot 100. 20 Y.O. was certified platinum by the RIAA. Billboard magazine reported the release of 20 Y.O. satisfied Jackson's contract with Virgin Records; Jermaine Dupri, who co-produced 20 Y.O., left his position as head of urban music at Virgin following the "disappointing performance" of Jackson's album.

In January 2007, Jackson was ranked the seventh richest woman in the entertainment business by Forbes magazine, having amassed a fortune of over $150 million. Later that year, Jackson starred opposite Tyler Perry as a psychotherapist named Patrica in the feature film Why Did I Get Married? The film opened at number one at the box office, grossing $21.4 million in its first week. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe commented that Jackson portrayed her character with "soft authority". In February 2008, Jackson won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role.

Jackson has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Rolling Stone magazine observed, "er wispy voice was a pale echo of Michael's, but on Janet's albums—and in her videos and live performances, which revealed a crisp, athletic dance technique not unlike her brother's—singing wasn't the point", instead commenting that importance was instead placed on "er slamming beats, infectious hooks, and impeccable production values." Jackson's voice has also been praised on occasion. Eric Henderson of Slant claimed critics who judged Jackson harshly for her thin voice "somehow missed the explosive 'gimme a beat' vocal pyrotechnics she unleashes all over 'Nasty' ... Or that they completely dismissed how perfect her tremulous hesitance fits into the abstinence anthem 'Let's Wait Awhile'." David Ritz of Rolling Stone compared Jackson's musical style to that of Marvin Gaye, stating, "ike Marvin, autobiography seemed the sole source of her music. Her art, also like Marvin's, floated over a reservoir of secret pain." Jackson has credited her older brothers Michael and Jermaine as her primary musical influences. She has also expressed reverence for Tina Turner, stating "Tina has become a heroic figure for many people, especially women, because of her tremendous strength. Personally, Tina doesn't seem to have a beginning or an end in my life. I felt her music was always there, and I feel like it always will be." Other artists attributed as influences on Jackson's music according to Rolling Stone are The Ronettes, Dionne Warwick, Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross.

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Control (Janet Jackson album)

Control cover

Control is the third studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on March 4, 1986 by A&M Records. The album was produced by first-time collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, as well as Jackson's newly hired manager and A&M executive, John McClain. Control was the first album on which Jackson shared co-writing credits in addition to participating in the overall production.

After the moderate critical and commercial reception of her self-titled debut album Janet Jackson (1982) and its successor, Dream Street (1984), Jackson decided to separate her career from her father and manager Joseph Jackson, and the rest of the Jackson family. Control thus became a concept album based on her new-found sense of independence. The album also recounts the annulment of Jackson's brief marriage to fellow recording artist James DeBarge. Control is regarded as one of the most influential R&B albums of all time, for incorporating rap music with contemporary R&B, triple swing and a variety of other musical techniques, and for influencing the rise of new jack swing.

Control peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 album charts and earned a nomination for the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Five of the album's commercial singles—"What Have You Done for Me Lately", "Nasty", "Control", "When I Think of You", and "Let's Wait Awhile"—peaked within the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. The album has been certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over ten million records worldwide. It is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 200 Definitive Albums of All Time.

According to the book Music USA: The Rough Guide and its three writers, prior to Jackson's third studio album, she was best known as the youngest sister of the Jackson family and as a television actress.

In 1985, Jackson rebelled against her family's wishes by marrying James DeBarge of the family recording group DeBarge. Their marriage was soon annulled because of his increasing drug problems, but, according to writer Dave Marsh, the impact left Jackson permanently independent of her family's affairs. She desired to redefine her image into that of an independent young woman. Jackson fired her father as her manager and employed John McClain, A&M Records senior vice president of artists and repertoire and general manager.

I was coming off of a TV show that I absolutely hated doing, 'Fame.' I didn't want to do {the first record, 'Janet Jackson'}. I wanted to go to college. But I did it for my father ... I was butting heads left and right with the producers, I was in a {bad} marriage {to James DeBarge, annulled after little more than a year}. I just wanted to get out of the house, get out from under my father, which was one of the most difficult things that I had to do, telling him that I didn't want to work with him again.

McClain introduced her to the production duo, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis. Jam and Lewis were originally planning to record an album with tracks they wrote for Sharon Bryant, but Bryant found their lyrics and sound to be too "rambunctious". The duo presented the same set of recordings to Janet Jackson, who gave her input and took co-writing and co-production credits on the album's content. When Jam and Lewis agreed to produce Jackson's third studio album, they wanted to primarily appeal to the African-American community, in addition to achieving crossover success on the pop music charts. Jam commented in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, "We wanted to do an album that would be in every black home in America ... we were going for the black album of all time". Jam and Lewis tailored the dance-pop oriented album to suit Jackson's new persona. One of the songs that was turned down for the album was "How Will I Know", which went to Whitney Houston.

Control was recorded at Flyte Tyme Studios, the production company founded by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The album was co-produced by John McClain, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam and Janet Jackson. Jam and Lewis either penned or co-wrote the album's content, including lyrics, percussion, piano, drums, and background vocals. In addition to co-writing the album's lyrical content, Jackson accompanied Jam and Lewis on keyboard and arrangement.

According to Richard J. Ripani Ph.D., author of The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999, Jackson's Control is considered to be crucial to the development of R&B music, as Jackson, Jam and Lewis "crafted a new sound that fuses the rhythmic elements of funk and disco, along with heavy doses of synthesizers, percussion, sound effects and a rap music sensibility". For the song "What Have You Done for Me Lately", which was one of the songs originally intended for a different artist Jam and Lewis had previously considered working with, the lyrics were rewritten to convey Jackson's feelings about her recent annulment from James DeBarge. The song was chosen as the lead single for Control, as Jam and Lewis felt it best represented Jackson's outlook on life. "Nasty", which in Jackson's opinion was the most innovative song on the album, was inspired by one of her experiences in Minneapolis when a group of men made crude advances towards her outside of the hotel she resided at during the recording of Control. Jimmy Jam wrote and played the keyboard arrangement, with Jackson playing the accompaniment. Background vocals were sung by Jackson, Jam and Lewis.

Control's lead single, "What Have You Done for Me Lately", peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The single was certified gold by the RIAA on November 12, 1990. "Nasty", the album's second single, beat "What Have You Done for Me Lately" by one position, peaking at number three on the Hot 100. It was certified gold on November 13, 1990. "When I Think of You" reached number one on the Hot 100, becoming Jackson's first single to top the chart, and was certified gold on November 12, 1990. The album's fourth single and title-track, "Control", reached its peak position at number five on the Hot 100, later certified gold by the RIAA on November 12, 1990.

Though not released as a single, the song "You Can Be Mine" was remixed and issued on the EP Prime Cuts: Volume 1, Issue 1 (Primce Cuts PC1). Prime Cuts was a service that specially mixed songs, compiled them and issued records for use by DJ's. The mix, called "Edit by Mike Carroll", clocked in at 7:55.

Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine credits the release of Control as "the birth of Janet the music video star, as six of the nine tracks were turned into popular videos that all but announced her as queen of the production dance number". Henderson commented that while Jackson was trained by a then-unknown Paula Abdul, her dancing ability only served to propel her into further stardom.

Control debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The Recording Industry Association of America first certified Control gold on April 18, 1986, denoting 500,000 units shipped within the United States. Two months later, on June 13, 1986, the album was certified platinum, denoting 1,000,000 units shipped. Within another two months, Control was certified 2x platinum on August 7, 1986 and 3x platinum by year's end on December 8, 1986. The following year, Control was certified 4x platinum on April 6, 1987 and 5x platinum on October 26, 1987. Since its debut, Control has sold over fourteen million records worldwide.

According to Ricky Vincent, author of Funk: the music, the people, and the rhythm of the one (1996), Jam and Lewis's collaboration with Jackson is said to have been one of the high points of 1980s popular music, as they had redefined dance music by mixing a youthful sound with industrial-strength beats. At the time of Control's debut, Newsweek stated "n an era of big-voiced pop-soul divas...her current hit album, is taut, funky, hard as nails, an alternative to the sentimental balladry and opulent arrangements of Patti LaBelle and Whitney Houston. Rolling Stone's Rob Hoerburger commented that the "sharp-tongued" Janet Jackson is "more concerned with identity than with playlists", as Control declares she is no longer the Jacksons' baby sister. Hoerburger expressed that tracks such as "Nasty" and "What Have You Done for Me Lately" erased the former "pop-ingénue image" of Jackson's first two albums, and that "Control is a better album than Diana Ross has made in five years and puts Janet in a position similar to the young Donna Summer's – unwilling to accept novelty status and taking her own steps to rise above it." Robert Christgau "scoffed at Janet's claims of autonomy", but gave the album a B rating based on "its entertainment value".

Contemporary reviews continue to find the album favorable. Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine expressed that the misconception that Control is Jackson's debut album only confirmed the "quintessential statement on personal and artistic self-actualization" that it set out to accomplish. Henderson claimed critics who judged Jackson harshly for her thin voice "somehow missed the explosive 'gimme a beat' vocal pyrotechnics she unleashes all over "Nasty"...Or that they completely dismissed how perfect her tremulous hesitance fits into the abstinence anthem "Let's Wait Awhile." However, Henderson also commented that the "Jam-Lewis formula wasn't completely infallible" as "You Can Be Mine" and "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)," were two of the album's least impressive misfires.

While William Ruhlmann of Allmusic commented Jackson "came across as an aggressive, independent woman", he asserts the album's true value is the production talents of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

The New York Times reported Janet Jackson's Control made popular music history in 1986, as it was one of three albums by African-American women to hold the top three positions of the Billboard 200; Control, Whitney Houston's eponymous debut album and Patti La Belle's Winner in You each exchanged the number one position on the chart. Control, according to Billboard, was the fifth best-selling album of 1986 in the United States. The magazine also named Jackson Top Black Artist, Top Pop Singles Artist, and Top Dance-disco artist. Control was also the fifth best-selling album of 1987 according to Billboard. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1987 Grammy Awards, losing out to Paul Simon's Graceland. Despite losing Album of the Year, Control earned Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis the Grammy Award for best producer.

In 1989, Control was ranked number twenty-eight on Rolling Stone's list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's. In 2002, Control is named seventy-second Greatest Album of All-Time by a Female Artist by Q Magazine . Slant ranked Control on "Vital Pop", a list of the 50 essential pop albums. In 2007, The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named Control one of The Definitive 200 Albums of All Time, ranking the album at number eighty-six.

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Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 cover

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson. Released on September 7, 1989 by A&M Records, Rhythm Nation 1814 is the second album of Jackson's career to be co-written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Jackson also shares production credits with long-term collaborator Jellybean Johnson and executive producer John McClain.

Departing from themes of independence present in Jackson's third studio album Control (1986), Rhythm Nation 1814 is a concept album based on social injustice. Though A&M executives wanted an album similar to Control, Jackson insisted on addressing social issues. Jackson and her producers routinely watched television news reports—predominately from CNN—as a source of inspiration for the album's lyrics. Produced during the height of the new jack swing genre, the album incorporates contemporary R&B with rap vocals, as well as the utilization of swung notes and industrial beats.

Rhythm Nation 1814 became Jackson's second consecutive album to peak at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart and emerged as the best-selling album of 1990 in the United States. Its seven commercial singles, "Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Escapade", "Alright", "Come Back to Me", "Black Cat", and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" all peaked within the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album has been certified 6x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over twelve million records worldwide. It has been named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and is also listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Following the commercial and critical success of her 1986 number one hit album Control, Jackson was motivated to continue songwriting and took a larger role in the creative production of her new album. Originally, executives at A&M wanted Jackson to expand on the ideas presented on Control—such as independence and sexual abstinence—but she was not willing to compromise her artistic integrity and substituted her concept for theirs. Protest songs were commonplace among rap artists in the late 1980s, but the concept was rare with in other genres. Following in the footsteps of rap music, Jackson aspired to create a concept album addressing politics and social ills - racism, crime, poverty, substance abuse, homelessness, illiteracy - in addition to topics of love and relationships.

I'm not naive - I know an album or a song can't change the world. I just want my music and my dance to catch the audience's attention, and to hold it long enough for them to listen to the lyrics and what we're saying. Hopefully that will inspire them, make them want to join hands ... and make some sort of difference.

The album's title was a composite of Jackson's pledge, "We are a nation with no geographic boundaries, bound together through our beliefs. We are like-minded individuals, sharing a common vision, pushing toward a world rid of color-lines" and its supporting creed, "Music, Poetry, Dance, Unity". 1814 referred to the year "The Star Spangled Banner" was written; in addition, 'R' is the 18th letter of the alphabet and 'N' the 14th, hence Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814.

The album was produced by James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III and Terry Lewis, with co-production credit given to Jackson. A&M executive John McCain served as the album's executive producer. Complete lyrics were included in the album. All of the tracks were recorded and mixed at Flyte Tyme productions studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota from mainly January to May 1989, production started on the album in late September 1988. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis also penned or co-wrote the songs with Janet Jackson, as well as arranging and programming the music, and playing much of the instrumental tracks. The background vocals for "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" and "Miss You Much", both penned by Jam and Lewis, were recorded in late 1988 prior to Jackson recording the lead vocals in 1989. The song "Black Cat" was written solely by Jackson and was produced by Jellybean Johnson; it was the final song to be recorded on the album. Total production time for the album was seven months. On the album's interior, Jackson dedicated the album to her mother, Katherine Jackson.

Rhythm Nation 1814 (as well as its predecessor Control) was one of the primary albums that used the full spectrum of R&B musical techniques known as new jack swing, which emerged during the mid-1980s. The use of sample loop, triple swing, rap vocals and blues notes are present in the album's title-track "Rhythm Nation". "Rhythm Nation" samples a single measure of "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" performed by Sly & the Family Stone, which became the basic background loop for the song. Vocals for the single are alternatively sung in octaves or rapped in spoken verse; a trend which became commonplace in R&B music by the mid-1990s. The song presented the overall theme of the album's message, with Jackson urging "a generation full of courage" to "break the color lines." Jam, Lewis and Jackson used new media as a source of inspiration for the social and political content of the album's lyrics.

We would always have a TV turned on, usually to CNN...And I think the social slant of songs like Rhythm Nation, State of the World and The Knowledge came from that...I remember we all came to work the day of that schoolyard shooting in Stockton, Calif., and it was very heavy on our minds. That's where a song like Living in a World (They Didn't Make) fits in. It says that kids aren't responsible for what the adults have done. And while Janet didn't write that one, it was something we thought would be good for her to do, and she agreed.

The album's soulful dance-pop songs included "Escapade" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", while the Prince-inspired "Miss You Much" and "Alright" mixed R&B with funk; the latter sampling Lyn Collins' "Think (About It)" (1972). "Escapade" was inspired by the Martha & the Vandellas 1965 single "Nowhere to Run", which Jackson originally intended to remake, but instead choose to record a new song with a similar feel after a suggestion from producer Jimmy Jam.

The album was released by A&M Records on LP, chrome cassette, and compact disc, demonstrating the label's expectation of broad appeal. A companion video compilation, the Rhythm Nation 1814 Film, was also issued on both VHS and Laserdisc.

The album's lead single "Miss You Much" became the first of four to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The single hit number one on October 21, 1989, and topped the chart for four weeks, selling over one million copies. The RIAA originally certified the single gold and then platinum on November 3, 1989. The album's second single and title-track "Rhythm Nation" peaked at number two on the Hot 100, kept from the number one position by Phil Collins "Another Day in Paradise". The single was certified gold by the RIAA on January 16, 1990. "Escapade" became the second single to top the Hot 100 at number one and was certified gold on May 11, 1990. "Alright" peaked at number four and certified gold on June 5, 1990, while "Come Back to Me" hit number two.

Together with director Dominic Sena, producer René Elizondo, Jr. and a team of dancers and choreographers, Jackson produced the Rhythm Nation 1814 Film, featuring four songs from the album. According to Sena, the film short was originally referred to as the "1814 project" so that the general public would not know Jackson was in the middle of production while filming on location in Los Angeles. Shot predominately in black and white, the Rhythm Nation 1814 Film tells the story of two young aspiring musicians (one black, one white) who are friends with Jackson. One of the young men becomes a victim of substance abuse and is eventually killed by a drug dealer, leaving his friend to seek comfort from Jackson. The film short has a duration of 30 minutes and includes an extra 30 minute feature documentary of the making of the film.

Yvonne Tasker, author of Working Girls: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Cinema (1998) observed the video, shot in a "bleak industrial setting" had Jackson and her dancers dressed in military outfits to represent a sense of "community" and "unity". Gender and Qualitative Methods: Gender and Qualitative Methods (2003) documented "the choreography suggests self-control and military discipline... Jackson is also dressed in a uniform and is performing asexually and almost anonymously in front of, but as one of, the members of the group". Rhythm Nation won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. The music video for "Alright", directed by Julian Temple, embodies classic Hollywood musicals, as Jackson portrays a 1950s woman dressed in drag. An homage to Michael Kidd's opening sequence in the 1950 Broadway production of Guys and Dolls, Jackson requested Kidd co-create the music video. Jackson and many of her male cast members appear dressed in Guys and Dolls-style pen-striped zoot suits.

The "Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour" was Jackson's first world concert tour in support of a studio album. Described as "an elaborately choreographed spectacle" by Entertainment Weekly, the tour aimed to re-create the award–winning, visually innovative music videos of Rhythm Nation 1814's numerous hit singles and those of its predecessor, Control. The debut concert in Miami, Florida on March 1, 1990 sold out prior to the performance. Time magazine stated Jackson's stage show integrated "sleek high tech and smooth dance rhythm into an evening of snazzy soul with a social conscience". The first international concert, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, sold out the Tokyo Dome within seven minutes; a record for the fastest sellout in the history of the Dome. The "Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour", with an attendance of over two million patrons, remains the most successful debut tour by any recording artist.

Rhythm Nation 1814 debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album spent four weeks atop the Billboard 200. On November 11, 1989, the Recording Industry Association of America certified Rhythm Nation 1814 gold, denoting 500,000 unit shipments. This number quickly rose to a platinum certification, denoting 1,000,000 units and 2x platinum by the end of the year. On February 19, 1990, the RIAA certified Rhythm Nation 1814 3x platinum. This number rose again later that year as the album was certified 4x platinum on May 5, 1990 and 5x platinum on December 14, 1990. On November 19, 1992, Rhythm Nation 1814 was certified 6x platinum. Since its debut, the album has sold over twelve million records worldwide.

Contemporary reviewer Alex Henderson of Allmusic criticized Jackson's "wafer-thin" voice, but commented that her soul, spirit and enthusiasm make up for the limits of her vocal range on the numerous political and non-political "gems" throughout the album. Henderson credited Rhythm Nation 1814 as "an even higher artistic plateau" than Control, and commented to anyone interested in purchasing an album by Jackson for the first time that "Rhythm Nation would be an even wiser investment than Control -- and that's saying a lot." Sputnikmusic's Zachary Powell complimented the album as a work of quality, as its "top notch production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and a musically diverse collection of songs flow with the natural talent Jackson possesses".

The best-selling album of 1990, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 became the only album in history to generate seven top-five Billboard hits; "Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Escapade", "Alright", "Come Back to Me", "Black Cat", and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" all peaked within the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Rhythm Nation 1814 is the only album in history to have number one hits in three separate calendar years; "Miss You Much" in 1989, "Escapade" and "Black Cat" in 1990, and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" in 1991. The album earned Jackson eight Billboard Music Awards, including Top Pop Album and No. 1 Hot 100 Singles Artist and the best-selling album of 1990. The album's success placed Jackson on par with several other entertainers, including older brother Michael Jackson, and Madonna.

Her 1989 Rhythm Nation album was the boldest and most successful pop attempt to combine social commentary, celebration, and state-of-the-art dance funk since her brother Michael's efforts to be Bad.

In July 2008, Entertainment Weekly magazine placed the album at number 54 in their list of Top 100 Best Albums of the past 25 years. The album is also ranked number 275 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Interludes, except the introduction and the conclusion, are not mentioned in the tracklist.

Note: Due to the fact that many pressings of CD's around the world doesn't support the editing of tracks with less than 4.00 seconds of duration, some editions of the album including a cut-down version of the 3-second interlude "Let's Dance" leaving the fourth second in silence before the next track begins. This creates a sensation of interruption due to the fact that "Let's Dance" and "Miss You Much" are mixed together, without an original pause.

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Janet Jackson as gay icon

Gay icon Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and actress, who is considered to be a gay icon. Jackson garnered a substantial gay following during 1990s as she gained prominence in popular music. Recognized as a long-term ally of the LGBT community, Jackson received the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Album for her Grammy Award-winning sixth studio album The Velvet Rope (1997), which spoke out against homophobia and embraced same-sex love. In 2005, Jackson received the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign and AIDS Project Los Angeles in recognition of her involvement in raising funds for AIDS Charities and received the Vanguard Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards (2008).

During the recording of Jackson's sixth studio album The Velvet Rope, the singer reportedly suffered from depression, which became a central theme to the album among other subjects including domestic abuse, low self-esteem, sadomasochism, homophobia and sexual orientation. The song "Free Xone" dealt specifically with homophobia and same-sex relationships. Speculation over Jackson's own sexual orientation began circulating after the release of The Velvet Rope—particularly regarding her cover version of Rod Stewart's 1976 song "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)", which contained bisexual undertones—however, Jackson denied rumors that she has had sexual relationships with other women.

I don't mind people thinking that I'm gay or calling me gay. People are going to believe whatever they want. Yes, I hang out at gay clubs, but other clubs too. I go where the music is good. I love people regardless of sexual preference, regardless of race. No, I am not bisexual. I have been linked with dancers in our group because we are so close. I grew up in a big family. I love being affectionate. I love intimacy and I am not afraid to show it. We fall asleep in each other's arms. We hug, we kiss, but there is nothing beyond that. Because and I broke up, it's like people need some sort of drama, some sort of gossip.

The album's second single "Together Again", a hit in several countries, became an homage to loved ones Jackson has lost to AIDS, as well as an elegy to AIDS victims and their families worldwide. The upbeat dance song was arranged to celebrate the spirit of those who have passed on, rather than mourn their deaths, as Jackson comments. A portion of the single's sales were donated by Jackson to The American Foundation for AIDS Research. On November 17, 1997, Jackson was honored by the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum for the album's sexual orientation-related content, in addition to receiving the award for Outstanding Music Album at the 9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 1998. In June 2005, Jackson was given the Humanitarian Award by the Human Rights Campaign and AIDS Project Los Angeles in honor of her activism.

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.

In an interview with GayWired, Jackson was asked whether or not having a strong hip-hop fan base, which is known for being homophobic, has ever conflicted with her support of the gay community. Jackson asserted that other people's homophobic views have never affected her work. In 2002, Jackson recorded the duet "Feel It Boy" with reggae singer Beenie Man with moderate success, though Jackson later admitted regret over the collaboration after discovering Beenie Man's music often contains homophobic lyrics; Jackson issued an apology to the gay community in an article contained in The Voice. Jackson has stated she would have never agreed to record the duet had she been informed by her label about Beenie Man's controversial lyrics beforehand. However, Jackson's 2004 song "All Nite (Don't Stop)" was remixed by Jamaican dancehall artist Elephant Man, who has also been accused of homophobia.

LGBT social movements, which include the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement, Gay Liberation, lesbian feminism, and transgender activism, have often garnered celebrity endorsement from many entertainers including Jackson. She has often voiced her support for same-sex marriage, advocating all people have the right to fall in love. In 2008, Jackson appeared in a public service announcement sponsored by the Logo television network and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in response to the E.O. Green School shooting. The announcement discusses the murder of fifteen-year-old Lawrence "Larry" King and the safety of LGBT youth in public schools. Jackson states that "none of us are safe, until all of us are safe". On April 26, 2008, fellow gay icon Ellen Degeneres presented Jackson with the Vanguard Award at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

We are delighted to honor Janet Jackson at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles as such a visible, welcoming and inclusive ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Ms. Jackson has a tremendous following inside the LGBT community and out, and having her stand with us against the defamation that LGBT people still face in our country is extremely significant.

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