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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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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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"All for You" is a song by American R&B and pop artists Janet Jackson from her seventh studio album, All for You. Released as the album's lead single in March 2001, the song went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks, and also reached the top five and the top ten of the majority of the charts.

The song is based upon a sample from Change's 1980 song "The Glow of Love"—composed by Mauro Malavasi and David Romani, with lyrics by Wayne Garfield—, which featured lead vocals by Luther Vandross. It made history by being the first single ever to be added to every major format of radio on the day of its release. The song became Jackson's tenth number one on the Billboard Hot 100, staying there for seven weeks, in addition to topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Play charts. It became the longest-running number-one single on the Hot 100 of 2001.

The music video, directed by Dave Meyers, takes place in a colorful two-dimensional world. Released in March 2001, it revolves around Jackson flirting with a man whom she first meets on the subway. Jackson and her dancers perform high-octane choreography throughout the video which also features a dance break

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