JANET JACKSON FACTS:
Genre: Pop, R&B, Dance
Hometown: Gary, Indiana
Albums: Janet Jackson (1982); Dream Street (1984); Control (1986); Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989); janet. (1993); The Velvet Rope (1997); All for You (2001); Damita Jo (2004); 20 Y.O. (2006); Discipline (2008)
Awards: 6 Grammys; 12 American Music Awards
Hits: "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty," "When I Think of You," "Control," "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "That's the Way Love Goes," "Again," "Together Again," "Doesn't Really Matter," "All for You"
Other: Sold over 100 million record worldwide.
If there's anybody who was born to be a performer it is Janet Jackson. As the youngest sibling of music legend Michael Jackson, Janet has carved out a piece of pop history for herself throughout the last 25 years with a string of classic hits and dynamic performances. With more than 100 million records sold worldwide, many consider her to be among the most successful female artists of all time.
Jackson was born into show business and by the time she was 8, she was already making regular appearances on her family's popular variety show,ac The Jacksons. Soon after, she became a staple on the sitcom Good Times, and later joined the cast of Diff'rent Strokes. While she may have gotten her start on television, it was not long before it became clear music was her true calling.
Jackson's early entries into the charts were met with a warm reception. Her self-titled debut was released in 1982, and while it fared relatively well on the R&B charts, it had little mainstream success, and her follow-up, 1984's Dream Street, found a similar response. By the middle of the decade, Jackson decided to separate her business from her family, a move which turned out to jumpstart her music career.
In 1986, Jackson released the aptly titled Control, which promptly jumped to the top of the charts. The record included a number of popular tracks including "Nasty," "Let's Wait Awhile" and "What Have You Done for Me Lately," all of which peaked inside the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. She continued her success with her next album, 1989's Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, which sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and was certified six time platinum.
Throughout the 1990s, Jackson continued to be one of the most visible pop artists around, and in 1993 she made her film debut in Poetic Justice, which was met with favorable reviews from critics. In 1997 she released her sixth album, The Velvet Rope, which peaked atop spot on the Billboard 200 charts and was highlighted by the number one hit "Together Again."
The 2000s prove to be just as kind to Jackson, as she released a number of popular albums that featured the hit singles "All for You" and "Someone to Call My Lover." Most recently, Jackson has been appearing in more and more movies, but her most recent album, 2008's Discipline, peaked at number one and showed she still has it after more than 20 years.