American singer and actress Janet Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on May 16, 1966. She is best known for her sexually provocative, socially conscious and musically innovative records, in addition to her film and television roles and elaborate stage shows. For more than 25 years Jackson has been a leading pop culture figure. She is the youngest child in the famous Jackson family. In 1976 she started her career as part of The Jacksons, a television series. During the 1970s as well as early 1980 she appeared on other television programs, including Fame and Good Times.
In 1982 Jackson signed a record contract with A & M. She rose to prominence after releasing “Control,” her third album, in 1986. She collaborated with producers Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, incorporating musical elements from industrial beats, rap, disco, funk as well as rhythm and blues, giving her great crossover appeal. She also became known for her innovative music videos, choreography and records and received prominent airplay on MTV and radio.
In 1991 Jackson signed with Virgin Records. Her multi-million dollar contract established Jackson as one of the music industry’s highest paid recording artists. Her first album with Virgin Records was “Janet,” which she released in 1993. The album helped develop her into a public sex symbol as she started exploring sexuality in her music. In 1993 she also starred in the film Poetic Justice. Her most iconic hits include “All for You,” “Together Again,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Rhythm Nation” and “Nasty.”
Janet Jackson has sold more than 100 million albums, ranking her among the top-selling artists in all of contemporary music. She has released a total of ten studio albums, with the latest being “Discipline,” released in 2008.