Personalities | Janet Jackson | Eighties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1966)

Jackson’s music career started slowly, though she performed with the family firm aged seven. The youngest of The Jacksons of Michael etc. fame, she was also a child actor but it was her third collection Control (1986), which gained her musical recognition. Produced by ace production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – as all her albums have been – it offered hits such as the feisty ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’. Follow-up Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) was surprisingly political, and the video for the hit title track proved that Michael was not the family’s only dancer. ‘Miss You Much’ was another chartbuster from the set. On Velvet Rope (1997) and All For You (2001) Janet exploited her sexuality, as on raunchy No. 1 ‘All For You’ and the most famous moment of her career, her ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at Super Bowl XXXVIII, 2004.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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