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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, 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 appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame.

At age sixteen in 1982, she 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), she began a long-term collaboration with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Her music with Jam and Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, disco, funk, and rap with sample loop, triplet 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.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Jackson is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. The Recording Industry Association of America lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. 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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  • ...that the last five of Janet Jackson's eight albums have reached #1 on the billboard charts, with sales of over 80 million copies worldwide.

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Poetic Justice is a 1993 drama/romance film starring Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Regina King and Joe Torry. It was written and directed by John Singleton. Poetic Justice reached #1 in the box office for one week; it made $11,728,455 its opening weekend. It grossed a total of $27,515,786. Jackson received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, with the Billboard Hot 100 number one song, "Again".

Singleton named the film Poetic Justice because the main character, Justice, writes beautiful poems which she recites throughout the movie. The poems are in fact from Maya Angelou. Angelou also appears in the movie as one of the three elderly sisters, May, June and April (called the "Calendar Sisters") whom the characters meet at a road side family reunion. The Last Poets make an appearance toward the end of the film.

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Jackson performing on her 2008 Rock Witchu Tour


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The Velvet Rope is the sixth studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released October 6, 1997 by Virgin Records. Prior to the album's release, Jackson renewed her recording contract with Virgin Records for unprecedented $80 million dollars in January 1996, establishing her as the then-highest paid recording artist in contemporary music. The Velvet Rope was produced and co-written by long-term collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; Jackson and her then-husband René Elizondo, Jr. served as executive producers.

During the two years prior to the release of The Velvet Rope, Jackson struggled with a long-term case of depression. As a result, she frequently took time off during the recording of the album or abruptly left the studio during recording sessions. The Velvet Rope became a concept album based on Jackson's embrace and disillusionment with her status as a celebrity. Though Jackson introduced sexuality into her music with her previous album janet. (1993), The Velvet Rope takes the concept a step further, encompassing sadomasochism and same-sex relationships as lyrical content.

The Velvet Rope debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming Jackson's fourth consecutive album to top the chart, selling over ten million copies worldwide. The Recording Industry Association of America has certified The Velvet Rope triple platinum. The Velvet Rope is also ranked at number 256 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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"All for You" is a song by American R&B and pop artists Janet Jackson from her seventh studio album, All for You. Released as the album's lead single in March 2001, the song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, and also reached the top five and the top ten of the majority of the charts.

The song is based upon a sample from Change's 1980 song "The Glow of Love"—composed by Mauro Malavasi and David Romani, with lyrics by Wayne Garfield—, which featured lead vocals by Luther Vandross. It made history by being the first single ever to be added to every major format of radio on the day of its release. The song became Jackson's tenth number one on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for seven weeks, in addition of topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts. It became the longest-running number-one single on the Hot 100 of 2001.

The music video, directed by Dave Meyers, takes place in a colorful two-dimensional world. Released in March 2001, it revolves around Jackson flirting with a man whom she first meets on the subway. Jackson and her dancers perform high-octane choreography throughout the video which also features a dance break

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