Sunday, June 27, 2010

Janet Jackson

My favorite song by Janet Jackson "Together Again"

4 minutes 19 seconds
Janet Damita Jo Jackson born May 16th, 1966 in Gary Indiana. Raised in Encino Los Angeles. Janet is well known for her music career and has acted in TV series and a few movies as well.
She first performed on stage with the Jacksons at the age of only 7. Later she was signed for a recording contract at the age of 16 with A&M in 1982, 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. In my opinion the most talented Jackson in the family. 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. I saw her concert back in the year 2000 and she put on a fantastic show.
In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar recording contracts with Virgin Records, which established her as one of the highest paid artists in the music industry.
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(RIAA) lists her as the 11th 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.
Believe it or not Janet initially was apprehensive about starting a music career, she agreed to participate in recording sessions with her family. The first of these, a duet with her brother Randy titled "Love Song for Kids", took place in 1978.
Following the release of Dream Street, Jackson decided to separate her business affairs from her family. She later commented, "I just wanted to get out of the house, get out from under my father, which was one of the most difficult things that I had to do, telling him that I didn't want to work with him again."
After releasing her fourth album Rhythm Nation executives at A&M wanted an album similar to Control, she was determined to imbue her music with a socially conscious message that complimented her songs about love and relationships She stated, "I'm not naive—I know an album or a song can't change the world. I just want my music and my dance to catch the audience's attention, and to hold it long enough for them to listen to the lyrics and what we're saying."
Producer Jimmy Jam told The Boston Globe, "We would always have a TV turned on, usually to CNN... And I think the social slant of songs like Rhythm Nation, State of the World and The Knowledge came from that." Rolling Stone magazine's Vince Aletti observed Jackson shifted from "personal freedom to more universal concerns—injustice, illiteracy, crime, drugs—without missing a beat." Peaking at number one on the Billboard 200, the album was later certified six times platinum and eventually sold over fourteen million copies worldwide! The release became the only album in history to produce number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in three separate calendar years "Miss You Much" in 1989, "Escapade" and Black Cat" in 1990 and Love Will Never Do (Without You)" in 1991. It's the only album in the history of the Hot 100 to have seven top 5 hit singles.
Janet Jackson was dubbed a reigning "Princess of Pop" by the Chicago Tribune.
Acting in films include Poetic Justice(1993), Nutty Professor II: The Klumps(2000),Why Did I Get Married?(2007), Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf(2011). Her shows include The Jacksons(1976-1977),Good Times(1977-1979),A New Kind of Family(1979-1980),Diff'rent Strokes(1980-1984) and Fame (1984-1985).

And of course how can I forget the classic Super Bowl XXXVIII incident. February 1, 2004 in Houston Texas MTV promised a big surprise during the half time show and sure enough Justin Timberlake exposed Janets boob for all to see. The incident, sometimes referred to as Nipplegate or Tittygate was widely discussed. Along with the rest of the halftime show, it led to an immediate crackdown and widespread debate on perceived indecency in broadcasting and resulted in a record $550,000 fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) against CBS, as well as an increase of the FCC fine per indecency violation from $27,500 to $325,000. Additionally, some commentators saw the halftime show as a sign of decreasing morality in the national culture in which case I agree. I'm not sure what good fining CBS did. I would have liked to receive some of that cash. What did the FCC do with the money? Cover their eyes?
Below is a video with sexy Janet and Busta Rhymes "Whats It Gonna Be".

4 minutes 31 seconds


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