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Janet Jackson

Born 16 May 1966.
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Janet Jackson: Taking Control trailer

Trailer of Janet Jackson: Taking Control, a film focusing on Janet's struggle to control both her creative and personal life.

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Biography

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television roles, and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 25 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 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 appeal 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Discipline

    Discipline 2008

    Reviewed by Tom Young
    Next time Janet, it might help to take a hand off the whip and put it on a pen.
  2. Review of Damita Jo

    Damita Jo 2004

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    After the famous 'wardrobe malfunction' western civilisation threw a wobbler and...
  3. Review of The Velvet Rope

    The Velvet Rope 1997

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Mature and experimental… Possibly the great lost 90s trip-hop album, in parts.
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