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

After signing a recording contract with A&M, she came to prominence following the release of her third studio album, Control (1986). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of pop with rhythm and blues, dance, funk, hip-hip, and industrial overtones, leading to appeal in popular music. Her fourth album, Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989), focused on socially conscious themes and various musical styles, and made Jackson the only artist in history to garner seven top five singles from the same album. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation of her records, choreography, music videos, and prominence on radio and music channels, she was acknowledged as a role model for her lyrical substance.

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  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.