Janet Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter and actress.
Although a success in her own right she will always be famous for being the sister of Michael Jackson.
Early Life: Janet Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana and is the youngest of the nine Jackson children. By the time she was a toddler, her older brothers - Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael - had already started to perform on stage at nightclubs and theatres as the Jackson 5.
Being born into the Jackson family meant Janet was almost destined to entertain before she was even born, even though Janet's love of horses originally inspired her to become a race-horse jockey.
Initially having no aspirations of becoming an entertainer her father had other ideas and by the time she was 7, she was performing with the rest of the family.
Janet Jackson commented, "No one ever asked me if I wanted to go into show business...it was expected."
Solo Career: After launching her recording career in 1982, Jackson saw moderate success with the release of her self-titled debut album and its successor 'Dream Street' (1984).
However, with the collaboration of record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson found record-breaking success, producing five consecutive number one studio albums on the Billboard 200.
Beginning with the release of 'Control' (1986) followed by 'Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814' (1989), 'janet.' (1993), 'The Velvet Rope' (1997) and 'All for You' (2001).
Although Jackson experienced commercial decline with subsequent albums 'Damita Jo' (2004) and '20 Y.O.' (2006), her tenth studio album 'Discipline' (2008) became her sixth album to debut at number one.
Though Jackson is listed by the Recording Industry Association of America as the eleventh top-selling female artist in the United States with 26 million certified albums, Billboard named her one of the top-ten selling artists in the history of contemporary music.
She is ranked as the ninth most successful act in the history of rock and roll and the second most successful female artist in pop music history, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide.
Acting: As well as music Janet Jackson has also featured on both TV and film.
Starting in earnest on the American TV show 'Good Times' and then on 'Different Strokes' she then went on to star in the film 'Poetic Justice' with Tupac Shakur.
In July 2000, Jackson returned to the big screen with her second film,' Nutty Professor II: The Klumps', starring as Professor Denise Gaines opposite Eddie Murphy.
In 2007 Janet would once again return to acting with a role in 'Why did I get Married?'.
Infamous Super Bowl performance
In 2004 Janet Jackson played the famous half time show at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Jackson's performance with Justin Timberlake resulted in the exposure of her right breast when Timberlake tore open Jackson's top. The incident occurred as Timberlake sang the lyric from his single 'Rock Your Body' - "Gonna have you naked by the end of this song."
The incident became the most-searched event in the history of the Internet surpassing the total number of searches for the September 11, 2001 attacks. This subsequently earned Jackson a place in the Guinness World Records as "Most Searched in Internet History."
Personal Life: Jackson began her relationship with record producer Jermaine Dupri in 2004 is set to marry him in the future.
Jackson and her brother Randy are being sued by tour manager Danny O'Donovan over alleged unpaid wages for her recent world tour.
Janet Jackson and her brother Randy are being sued by a former tour manager over a dispute regarding unpaid wages to the tune of $300,000.
According to TMZ, Danny O’Donovan filed the lawsuit against Janet and Randy earlier this week, claiming that the pair had hired him to be the manager for Janet’s State of the World tour in 2016 at a wage of $25,000 per month for 17 months.
According to legal documents, their working relationship started off fine for the first five months, but O’Donovan claims that the siblings did not pay him for the final 12 months of the tour, despite him fulfilling all of the job requirements. Consequently, he’s trying to recover the lost wages, totalling $300,000.
Continue reading: Janet Jackson Sued By Former Tour Manager
The 34th annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame takes place in March.
The 34th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is to take place on March 29th 2019 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, and The Zombies will be joining the trio to complete the annual seven names who are granted entry into the Hall of Fame.
The unfortunate nominees who missed out this year are Rage Against the Machine, Kraftwerk, MC5, Rufus & Chaka Khan, LL Cool J, Devo, Todd Rundgren, and John Prine.
The King of Pop would have celebrated his 60th birthday today (29 Aug)
The world was devastated at Michael Jackson's untimely death in 2009. Now, as fans across the globe celebrate what would have been the King of Pop's 60th birthday, it has been revealed the international superstar is earning more in death than he did in life.
Michael Jackson remains hugely popular almost ten years after his death
Despite a lifetime of iconic tracks including Thriller, Smooth Criminal and Bad, Michael claimed his three children - Prince, 21, Paris, 20 and Blanket, 16 - were living like "vagabonds" months before he died with debts of $500million [£388million].
Continue reading: Michael Jackson Is Earning More In Death Than He Did In Life
She credits 17 month old son Eissa with changing her life for the better, describing motherhood as "the height of happiness".
Janet Jackson has opened up more about her “intense” struggle with depression for many years, also revealing that motherhood has been a life-changing experience for the best.
The 52 year old pop megastar welcomed her first child into the world in January 2017. Writing in the new edition of Essence magazine, Jackson revealed that, even in her forties, she still struggled to cope with depression and anxiety, which she believes originated in the extreme pressure of stardom in her childhood.
“I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority,” she wrote. “It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.”
Continue reading: Janet Jackson Opens Up About "Intense" Battle With Depression
The singer had one of her most infamous moments at the Super Bowl in 2004.
This year's Super Bowl LII will see the New England Patriots going up against the Philadelphia Eagles in the biggest night for sports, but what a lot of people are looking forward to is the Halftime Show, with headliner Justin Timberlake. It's over a decade since Timberlake took to the Halftime stage back in 2004 and since the announcement came that he would be returning, there have been rumours of a number of different guests that could join him on the stage this year.
Janet Jackson says she won't be performing at this year's Super Bowl
The one artist that has been at the top of everybody's wishlist is Janet Jackson, following her infamous slip of the nipple in the 2004 performance. At the time it was a huge scandal and saw broadcaster CBS fined $550,000 by the Federal Communications Commission, though an appeal saw the fine overturned.
Timberlake was involved in the infamous Janet Jackson 'wardrobe malfunction' back in 2004.
Ahead of his upcoming headlining spot at the Super Bowl half-time show, Justin Timberlake has recalled the infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ incident with Janet Jackson that happened the last time he took part in it.
In a hilarious but rather shocking incident during the 2004 Super Bowl’s half-time performance, Timberlake ripped off the right panel of Janet Jackson’s bodice costume, but instead of showing a red lace bra, the choreography went wrong and her breast was revealed to a stunned audience of 14 million viewers – and that was just in the States.
Although both artists apologised profusely for the incident, infamously branded a ‘wardrobe malfunction’, it was Jackson who got heavily fined and then blacklisted by American radio and MTV.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Recalls Super Bowl 'Wardrobe Malfunction'
Janet Jackson's voice is a ''God-sent talent'', according to Busta Rhymes, who saw her live for the first time last week.
The 45-year-old rapper - whose real name is Trevor George Smith Jr. - has been friends with the singer for decades, but he only got the chance to see his close pal live for the first time when he attended her show over the weekend.
And Busta - who even previously worked with Janet on the 1998 hit, 'What's It Gonna Be?!' - was blown away by the 51-year-old singer's show, and said he had now developed a ''fan obsession'' with the star.
Continue reading: Janet Jackson's God-sent Talent
She can't believe she's back doing the thing that launched her career.
Jenna Dewan Tatum got to relive her ultimate dream for the second time in her life when she reunited with Janet Jackson on stage for her Hollywood Bowl show over the weekend. She previously toured with her as a backing dancer more than 15 years ago.
Jenna Dewan Tatum at NBC's World of Dance celebration
The 36-year-old professional dancer and wife of Channing Tatum expressed her excitement at getting to work with Janet Jackson again on her State of the World Tour, specifically for her show in Los Angeles on Sunday (October 8th 2017).
Continue reading: Jenna Dewan Tatum 'Pinching Herself' After Janet Jackson Reunion
She was in tears after the spectacular performance in Houston.
The audience at Janet Jackson's Houston show at the weekend were left pretty emotional when she performed her hard-hitting 90s track 'What About' for the first time in nearly two decades. She could barely hold it together herself when she acknowledged how difficult the relationship described in the song was.
Janet Jackson performs live
The 51-year-old singer has been on a break from touring since she discovered that she was pregnant with her first child Eissa and now, eight months following his birth, she's back on the road with her State of the World tour. But it was a difficult second show for her on Saturday (September 9th 2017).
The new mother announced the separation from her husband just a few weeks ago
Janet Jackson is looking ahead to the future after her split from her husband, Wissam Al Mana as the 50-year-old new mother looks to reschedule her axed tour dates and plans an album about motherhood.
Janet Jackson is moving on after splitting from her husband of five years
The star welcomed her first child, Eissa Al Mana on January 3 and was forced to cancel her Unbreakable World Tour as she concentrated on her pregnancy.
Continue reading: Janet Jackson Planning To Reschedule Axed Tour And Plans New Album
Janet Jackson - Accomplishing this feat requires many photos of the famous person/character, plenty of time, and a great deal of skill... something that Cruz quite clearly has! - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 17th July 2014
Janet Jackson Monday 3rd October 2011 arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court on day 5 of the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial Los Angeles, California
Janet Jackson Friday 30th September 2011 arrives at Los Angeles Superior Court on day 4 of the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial Los Angeles, California
Janet Jackson Thursday 30th June 2011 arriving at Heathrow Airport London, England
Date of birth
16th May, 1966
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