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Jackson performing on her State of the World Tour in Lafayette, Louisiana in September 2017
Janet Damita Jo Jackson

May 16, 1966 (1966-05-16) (age 54)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actress
  • record producer
  • film producer
  • businesswoman
  • philanthropist
  • author
Years active 1973–present
Home town Los Angeles, California
Net worth $175 million (as of 2015)
James DeBarge
(m. 1984; ann. 1985)

René Elizondo Jr.
(m. 1991; div. 2000)

Wissam Al Mana
(m. 2012; sep. 2017)
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Family Jackson
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Associated acts

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Known for sonically innovative and socially conscious records, and elaborate stage shows, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over thirty 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 1991 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. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; she has since continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, 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 (2001) coincided with a celebration of her impact on the recording industry as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin Records, she released her tenth 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, and released her eleventh album Unbreakable the same year.

Having sold over 100 million records, Jackson is one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. She holds the record for the most consecutive top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a female artist with 18. In 2008, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, and in 2010 ranked her fifth among the "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years". In December 2016, the magazine named her the second most successful dance club artist of all-time after Madonna. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers.

Early life

Jackson (bottom row) in a 1977 CBS photo on the set of The Jacksons

Janet Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of ten children, to Katherine Esther and Joseph Walter Jackson. The Jacksons were lower-middle class and devout Jehovah's Witnesses. At a young age, her brothers began performing as The Jackson 5 in the Chicago-Gary area.

In March 1969, the group signed a record deal with Motown, and soon had their first number-one hit. The family then moved to the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles. Jackson had initially desired to become a horse racing jockey or entertainment lawyer, with plans to support herself through acting, despite this pursued a career in entertainment. At age seven, Jackson performed at the Las Vegas Strip at the MGM Casino. She began acting in the variety show The Jacksons in 1976.

In 1977, she was selected to have a starring role as Penny Gordon Woods in the sitcom Good Times. She later starred in A New Kind of Family and later got a recurring role on Diff'rent Strokes, portraying Charlene Duprey from seasons three to six. Jackson also played the role of Cleo Hewitt during the fourth season of Fame.

When Jackson was sixteen, her father and manager Joseph Jackson, arranged a contract for her with A&M Records. Her debut album, Janet Jackson, was released in 1982. It peaked at No. 63 on the Billboard 200, and No. 6 on the publication's R&B albums chart.

Janet Jackson Unbreakable Tour San Francisco 2015
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Janet Jackson, Vancouver
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Janet Jackson Unbreakable Tour, Honolulu, Hawaii 2015


  • Janet Jackson (1982)
  • Dream Street (1984)
  • Control (1986)
  • Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
  • janet. (1993)
  • The Velvet Rope (1997)
  • All for You (2001)
  • Damita Jo (2004)
  • 20 Y.O. (2006)
  • Discipline (2008)
  • Unbreakable (2015)


  • Good Times (1977–79)
  • Diff'rent Strokes (1980–84)
  • Fame (1984–85)
  • Poetic Justice (1993)
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
  • Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
  • For Colored Girls (2010)


  • Rhythm Nation World Tour (1990)
  • Janet. World Tour (1993–1995)
  • The Velvet Rope Tour (1998–1999)
  • All for You Tour (2001–2002)
  • Rock Witchu Tour (2008)
  • Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour (2011)
  • Unbreakable World Tour (2015–2016)
  • State of the World Tour (2017–2018)

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