is Michael Jackson's younger sister.
She debuted solo with Control (1986), an album crafted by
producers Jimmy Jam (James Harris) and Terry Lewis (both members of
Prince's extended musical family), a work that offered urban soul music tinged with
hip-hop beats (Nasty, What Have You Done To Me Lately).
Her image of a strong, independent woman was confirmed by the social concept
Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989), that spawned more danceable tracks
as well as ballads
(Miss You Much, Escapade, Black Cat, Love Will Never Do, Rhythm Nation, Alright,, Come Back to Me)
in one of the most impressive deluges in history of hits to come from the
Her image was also promoted by the videos choreographed by her husband,
She then adopted a more sensual persona for Janet (1993), including
That's the Way Love Goes and Again. Her producers, in the
meantime, had obeyed by downplaying the rhythmic aspect of her music and
emphasizing her whispery vocals.
The progression towards a more adult persona continued on
the intimate The Velvet Rope (1997), containing
Together Again and Got 'Til It's Gone.
More hits followed: "Doesn't Really Matter (2000),
All for You (2001), etc.
But All for You (2001) and Damita Jo (2004) were hardly
innovative. Her reputation now relied mainly on her sexual innuendos.
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