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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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Janet Jackson discography includes information relating to album and single releases. She has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, and is listed as the eleventh best-selling female recording artist in the US for sales of 26 million copies. She has attained ten Hot 100 number one singles, sixteen Hot R&B/Hip-Hop number one singles, and nineteen Hot Dance/Club Play number one singles. She also has a career high of twenty-seven top ten hits on the Hot 100, thirty-one top ten hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, and thirty-two top ten hits on the Hot Dance/Club Play Chart. She is the first and only artist in history to produce seven top five hits from one album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. Overall she is one of the biggest-selling recording artists in the world. She has sold more than 26 million albums in the United States according to the RIAA. In 1995 according to estimates from Virgin Records Janet Jackson had sold over 50 million copies worldwide and 30 in the U.S. Jacksons 2009 single "Make Me" that went to #1 on the dance charts made her the very first musician to have a #1 on any chart from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.

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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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"Doesn't Really Matter" is a song recorded by American R&B-pop singer Janet Jackson for the soundtrack to the 2000 film Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. Released as a single in July 2000, the track later appeared on Jackson's seventh studio album, All for You (2001). The song was the lead single from the Universal Pictures film Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, in which Jackson co-starred with actor Eddie Murphy. It became Jackson's ninth number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and first in the 2000s, staying atop for three weeks, and also making Jackson the first artist in history to score number-one singles in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. An alternate mix of the song was later included on Jackson's seventh studio album, 2001's All for You. Jackson performed this version at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. The song was used in the dance video game Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova, and was covered in Japanese by Hitomi Shimatani and re-titled "Papillon" (Jackson's character's name). Jackson performed the song on her All for You Tour and Rock Witchu Tour.

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