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Who Is Janet Jackson?
A prominent figure in popular culture , she is known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows. The tenth and youngest child of the Jackson family , she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the s and early s, including Good Times , Diff'rent Strokes , and Fame. 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 , Jackson 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 fifth album Janet saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her music. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice , and has since continued to act in feature films. Jackson then released her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope , which is distinguished for its innovative production and dark lyrical content. By the end of the s, she was named by Billboard magazine as the second most successful recording artist of the decade after Mariah Carey. Her seventh album All for You coincided with a celebration of her impact on the recording industry as the inaugural MTV Icon.
In she reunited with the two producers for Unbreakable , which became her seventh No. The youngest of nine children born to Katherine Esther and Joseph Walter Jackson , she grew up in the affluence of a show business family. Marlon's twin brother, Brandon, had died within 24 hours of the twins' premature birth in The Jackson children were raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith, as Katherine Jackson had been baptized as a Witness in the '60s. La Toya famously chronicled their tumultuous childhood — including charges of physical and sexual abuse by father Joseph — in her tell-all autobiography, but Janet and her other siblings disputed La Toya's account. The tensions within the family certainly increased on account of Michael's eventual emergence as a solo artist and superstar. Janet Jackson first appeared onstage in April , singing and doing impressions alongside brother Randy in the Jackson family's Las Vegas act. In , she appeared on The Jacksons , a summer replacement television show. Her performance earned her the attention of a producer who hired her to play Penny, a regular on the TV comedy series Good Times , from