64 Facts About Janet Jackson

1. Janet Jackson's appeared in the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times, Diff'rent Strokes, and Fame.

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2. In 1991, Janet Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry.

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3. Janet Jackson's is the only artist in the history of the chart to have seven commercial singles from one album peak within the top five positions.

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4. Janet Jackson's was the youngest of ten children in the Jackson family, a working-class African-American family living in a two-bedroom house on Jackson Street.

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5. Janet Jackson grew up with two sisters and six brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy and Michael).

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6. Janet Jackson's began acting in the variety show The Jacksons in 1976.

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7. At this point, Janet Jackson was successfully "shaking off the experience of being a shadow Janet Jackson child", becoming "an artist in her own right".

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8. Janet Jackson released her fourth album, Rhythm Nation 1814, in September 1989.

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9. Janet Jackson's established the "Rhythm Nation Scholarship", donating funds from the tour to various educational programs.

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10. The massive success experienced by Janet Jackson placed her in league with her brother Michael, Madonna, and Tina Turner for her achievements and influence.

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11. Ebony magazine remarked: "No individual or group has impacted the world of entertainment as have Michael and Janet Jackson," arguing that despite many imitators, few could surpass Jackson's "stunning style and dexterity".

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12. In 1992, Janet Jackson provided guest vocals on Luther Vandross's "The Best Things in Life Are Free", becoming a top ten Billboard hit and reaching the top ten internationally.

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13. Janet Jackson spawned five singles and four promotional singles, receiving various certifications worldwide.

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14. In July 1993, Janet Jackson made her film debut in Poetic Justice.

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15. Janet Jackson's provided moral support, defending her brother, and denied abuse allegations regarding her parents made by her sister La Toya.

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16. Janet Jackson's collaborated with Michael on "Scream", the lead single from his album HIStory, released 1995.

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17. Janet Jackson began suffering from severe depression and anxiety, leading her to chronicle the experience in her sixth album, The Velvet Rope, released October 1997.

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18. Janet Jackson returned with a dramatic change in image, boasting vibrant red hair, nasal piercings, and tattoos.

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19. Janet Jackson embarked on The Velvet Rope Tour, traveling to Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

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20. Janet Jackson donated a portion of the tour's sales to America's Promise, an organization founded by Colin Powell to assist disenfranchised youth.

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21. Janet Jackson contributed the ballad "God's Stepchild" to the Down in the Delta soundtrack.

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22. Janet Jackson recorded a duet with Elton John titled "I Know the Truth", included on the soundtrack to Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida.

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23. At the 1999 World Music Awards, Janet Jackson received the Legend Award for "outstanding contribution to the pop industry".

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24. In July 2000, Janet Jackson appeared in her second film, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, as the role of Professor Denise Gaines, opposite Eddie Murphy.

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25. Director Peter Segal stated "Janet Jackson was a natural fit, and an obvious choice.

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26. In July 2001, Janet Jackson embarked on the All for You Tour, which was broadcast on a concert special for HBO watched by twelve million viewers.

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27. Janet Jackson collaborated with reggae artist Beenie Man for the song "Feel It Boy", produced by the Neptunes.

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28. Janet Jackson's performed a medley of "All for You", "Rhythm Nation", and an excerpt of "The Knowledge" before performing "Rock Your Body" alongside surprise guest Justin Timberlake.

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29. Janet Jackson's commented, "I am really sorry if I offended anyone.

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30. Janet Jackson was ranked the seventh richest woman in the entertainment industry by Forbes, having amassed a fortune of over $150 million.

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31. Janet Jackson signed with Island Records after her contract with Virgin was fulfilled.

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32. Janet Jackson's interrupted plans for touring and began recording with various producers, including Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Tricky Stewart, and Stargate.

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33. Janet Jackson was awarded the Vanguard Award at the 19th annual GLAAD Media Awards, honoring her contributions in promoting equal rights among the gay community.

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34. Billboard disclosed Janet Jackson was dissatisfied with LA Reid's handling of the album and its promotion, saying "the label agreed to dissolve their relationship with the artist at her request.

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35. Janet Jackson's brings incomparable grace and a history of dedication to the fight against AIDS.

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36. Janet Jackson announced plans to embark on her largest world tour in support of her second hits collection, Number Ones.

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37. Janet Jackson was selected to endorse fashion line Blackglama for a second year, being the first celebrity in the line's history chosen to do so.

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38. Janet Jackson's partnered with the label to release a fifteen-piece collection of luxury products.

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39. In 2012, Janet Jackson endorsed Nutrisystem, sponsoring their weight-loss program after struggling with weight fluctuations in the past.

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40. On May 16, 2015, Janet Jackson announced plans to release a new album and to embark on a world concert tour.

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41. Janet Jackson's outlined her intention to release her new album in the fall of 2015 under her own record label, Rhythm Nation, distributed by BMG Rights Management.

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42. On May 1, 2017, Janet Jackson announced she would resume her Unbreakable World Tour, now known as the State of the World Tour.

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43. The next day, Janet Jackson released the single "Made for Now", a collaboration with Daddy Yankee.

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44. On December 13, 2018, Janet Jackson was announced as one of the seven inductees of the 2019 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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45. On February 26, 2019, Janet Jackson announced a four-month Las Vegas residency entitled Metamorphosis.

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46. In 2019, Janet Jackson played a variety of festivals in the US and abroad, including The Glastonbury Festival.

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47. On March 3, 2022, Janet Jackson was announced as a headliner of the 2022 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

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48. Janet Jackson continued her musical development by blending pop and urban music with elements of hip-hop in the nineties.

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49. Janet Jackson's is described by music critic Greg Kot as "an artist who has reshaped the sound and image of rhythm and blues" within the first decade of her career.

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50. Janet Jackson's challenged audiences to see her as a transformed person, from an ingenue to a grow-up, multi-talented celebrity.

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51. Janet Jackson drew inspiration for her music videos and performances from musicals she watched in her youth, and was heavily influenced by the choreography of Fred Astaire and Michael Kidd, among others.

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52. Qadree EI-Amin remarked that many pop artists "pattern their performances after Janet Jackson's proven dance-diva persona.

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53. The group dynamic visually embodies gender-neutral equality, with Janet Jackson "performing asexually and anonymously in front of, but as one of the members of the group.

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54. Janet Jackson received the MTV Video Vanguard Award for her contributions to the art form, and she became the first recipient of the MTV Icon tribute, celebrating her impact on the music industry as a whole.

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55. Janet Jackson describes Lena Horne as a profound inspiration, for entertainers of several generations as well as herself.

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56. Janet Jackson's opened up such doors for artists like myself.

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57. Janet Jackson's placed at number 134 on their list of the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time", number seven on the "100 Greatest Women In Music", and at number two on the "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era", behind Madonna.

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58. In March 2008, Business Wire reported "Janet Jackson is one of the top ten selling artists in the history of contemporary music; ranked by Billboard magazine as the ninth most successful act in rock and roll history, and the second most successful female artist in pop music history.

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59. In November 2014, Janet Jackson was voted 'Queen of Pop' by a poll conducted online by VH1.

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60. Virgin Records executive Lee Trink expressed: "Janet Jackson is an icon and historic figure in our culture.

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61. At age 18, Janet Jackson eloped with singer James DeBarge in September 1984.

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62. In 2010, Janet Jackson met Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana and began dating him shortly after that.

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63. In 2016, Janet Jackson announced that they were expecting their first child together.

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64. On January 3, 2017, Janet Jackson gave birth to a son, Eissa Al Mana.

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