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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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Beginning in July 2001, Janet Jackson's All for You Tour was a concert tour designed to promote the release of her 2001 album All for You. The tour was originally scheduled to kick off in Vancouver, Canada, but due to problems at the Canada – United States border with getting technical equipment across, the first show took place in Portland, Oregon while the Vancouver date was postponed to a later date. The show was designed by Mark Fisher. The tour trekked through North America through the summer of 2001 and ended with a final show in Honolulu, Hawaii that was broadcast by HBO.

The All for You tour was notable for a highly sexualized rendition of "Would You Mind", where Jackson would select a male from the audience and have him strapped into a chair while caressing and fondling him in front of the audience. The tour went on to become one of the top-grossing tours of 2001 and saw Jackson performing most of her hits. A DVD of the concert, entitled Live in Hawaii, was released later in 2002.

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Janet Jackson, Vancouver 2008


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Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on September 19, 1989 by A&M Records. Despite demands from A&M executives for material similar to her previous album, Control (1986), she insisted on creating a concept album addressing social injustice. Collaborating with her producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she drew inspiration from news media, exploring subject matter such as racism, poverty and substance abuse. Although critics viewed the album's theme as transparent, she was hailed as a role model for youth because of her socially conscious lyrics.

It became her second consecutive album to hit number one on the Billboard 200. Its seven commercial singles—"Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Escapade", "Alright", "Come Back to Me", "Black Cat", and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"—all peaked within the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first and only album to achieve that feat. Certified sixfold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the album has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. It has been named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and is listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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"Nasty" is the second single from Janet Jackson's third studio album, Control (1986). Released in 1986, the single peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and remains one of Jackson's signature songs. Paula Abdul choreographed the music video and appeared in it as well as one of Jackson's friends.

The line "My first name ain't baby, it's Janet, Miss Jackson if you're nasty" became a national catchphrase. The song won for Favorite Soul/R&B Single at the 1987 American Music Awards. It ranked number thirty on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years, number forty-five on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s, and number seventy-nine on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Pop Songs.

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