Janet Jackson is an American recording artist and actress. She is the
youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage
with her family beginning at the age of seven, and later started her career as
an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on
to star in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s,
including Good Times and Diff'rent Strokes.
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 recording industry. Her debut album under the
Virgin label, janet. (1993), saw Jackson 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; since then she has continued to
act in feature films. By the end of the decade Jackson was named the second
most successful recording artist of the 1990s. All for You (2001), became her
fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one the Billboard 200 album
charts. In 2007, she changed labels, signing with the Island Def Jam Music
Group and released her tenth studio album Discipline the following year.
Jackson is ranked by Billboard magazine as one of the top ten
best-selling music artists in the history of contemporary music, having sold
over 100 million albums worldwide. The Recording Industry Association of
America lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United
States with 26 million certified albums. Jackson's longevity in the recording
industry has rivaled that of several entertainers and her musical style and
choreography have influenced a number of contemporary pop and R&B artists.
Born May 16, 1966, her primary personality traits are represented by the
Chinese Zodiac elemental animal sign, the Fire Horse. The Fire Horse either
succeeds beyond our wildest imagination or goes down in flames; they are the
movers and shakers of the world. She tends to be volatile in the extreme and
not afraid to take even the most dangerous risks. Depending on how much
artistic talent she has, she can be a flamboyant, charismatic performer. She
adds excitement to our lives and are great to have around---when she can
control your temper and innate restlessness.