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Birthday: May 16, 1966
Place of Birth: Gary, Indiana, USA

Janet Jackson

Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Known for a series of sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows, television and film roles, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over 30 years. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with 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 and Fame. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third studio album Control (1986). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap, and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her records, choreography, music videos, and prominence on radio airplay and MTV, she was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics. In 1991 she 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. Her debut album under the label, Janet (1993), saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her work. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; since then she has continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, she was named the second most successful recording artist of the decade. The release of her seventh studio album All for You (2001) coincided with a celebration of her impact on popular music as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin she released her tenth studio album Discipline (2008), her first and only album with Island Records. In 2015 she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own record label, Rhythm Nation. Having sold over 160 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. She has amassed an extensive catalog, with singles such as "Nasty", "Rhythm Nation", "That's the Way Love Goes", "Together Again" and "All for You" among her signature songs; she holds the record for the most consecutive top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a female artist with 18. In 2008 Billboard magazine released its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, placing her at number seven, while in 2010, ranking her fifth among the "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years". One of the world's most awarded artists, 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.

Movie Cast Year
Poetic Justice Justice 1993
Janet: Live in Hawaii Herself 2002
Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope Tour Herself 1998
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Denise Gaines 2000
Why Did I Get Married Too? Patricia 2010
For Colored Girls Jo / Red 2010
Rhythm Nation 1814 Herself 1989
Janet Jackson: From Janet. To Damita Jo: The Videos 2004
Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996 1995
MTV Icon: Janet Jackson 2001
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019 Induction Ceremony Self 2019
Janet Jackson - All For You Herself 2001
Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990 in Tokyo Dome 1970
Why Did I Get Married? Patricia 2007
Michael Jackson: The Inside Story - What Killed the King of Pop? herself 2010
The Michael Jackson Story 2009
Michael Jackson Memorial Herself 2009
Versus a Cuatro: VS x 4 Vol.2 1970
Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies Herself (archive footage) 2003
Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth Herself 2019
Loving Neverland Herself 2020
McQueen Herself (archive footage) (uncredited) 2018
Michael Jackson's Thriller Zombie (uncredited) 1983
Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films Herself 1993
The Concert for New York City Self 2001
Series Cast Year
The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2003
Fame Cleo Hewitt 1982
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan 1988
The Tyra Banks Show 2005
A New Kind of Family 1979
Will & Grace Janet Jackson 1998
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993
The Ed Sullivan Show 1948
The Flip Wilson Show 1970
The Jacksons 1976
Live from Studio Five 2009
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour 1971
The Sonny & Cher Show 1976
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2003
Today 1952
The View Self 1997
Diff'rent Strokes 1978
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992
E! True Hollywood Story 1996
The Hollywood Palace 1964
The Jim Nabors Hour 1969
The GRAMMY Awards 1959
The Oscars Self 1953
GMTV 1993
Cher 1975
MTV Video Music Awards 1984
Wanna bet, that..? Self 1981
The Graham Norton Show Herself 2007
Good Times Milicent 'Penny' Woods 1974
Saturday Night Live Herself - Musical Guest 1975
Saturday Night Live Host 1975
TV Total 1999
Glastonbury 1970
Charlie Rose Self (Archive footage, Alright music video) 1991
JANET Herself 1970
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