Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 46

Birthday 1966-05-16

Place of Birth Gary, Indiana, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Versus a Cuatro: VS x 4 Vol.2
2018 McQueen as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
2010 For Colored Girls as Jo / Red
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? as Patricia
2010 Michael Jackson: The Inside Story - What Killed the King of Pop? as herself
2009 Live from Studio Five (2 episodes)
2009 Michael Jackson Memorial as Herself
2007 Why Did I Get Married? as Patricia
2007 The Graham Norton Show (1 episode) as Herself
2005 The Tyra Banks Show (2 episodes)
2004 Janet Jackson: From Janet. To Damita Jo: The Videos
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2 episodes)
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live! (1 episode)
2002 Janet: Live in Hawaii as Herself
2001 The Concert for New York City
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps as Denise Gaines
1998 Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope Tour as Herself
1998 Will & Grace (1 episode)
1997 The View (1 episode)
1996 E! True Hollywood Story (1 episode)
1995 Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996
1993 Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films as Herself
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1 episode)
1993 Poetic Justice as Justice
1993 GMTV (1 episode)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1 episode)
1989 Rhythm Nation 1814 as Herself
1984 MTV Video Music Awards (1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (1 episode)
1982 Fame (137 episodes)
1981 Wanna bet, that..? (1 episode)
1979 A New Kind of Family (11 episodes)
1978 Diff'rent Strokes (8 episodes)
1976 The Jacksons (12 episodes)
1976 The Sonny & Cher Show (1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live (1 episode) as Host (2 episodes) as Herself - Musical Guest
1975 Cher (1 episode)
1974 Good Times (48 episodes) as Milicent 'Penny' Woods
1971 The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1970 The Flip Wilson Show (2 episodes)
1969 The Jim Nabors Hour (1 episode)
1964 The Hollywood Palace (1 episode)
1959 The Grammy Awards (1 episode)
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1952 Today (1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (2 episodes)

Writing

2004 Janet Jackson: From Janet. To Damita Jo: The Videos Musical
1995 Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996 Musical
1989 Rhythm Nation 1814 Writer

Crew

1998 Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope Tour Creator
1989 Rhythm Nation 1814 Creator Choreographer

Sound

1993 Poetic Justice Original Music Composer
1989 Rhythm Nation 1814 Original Music Composer

Production

1998 Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope Tour Executive Producer

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