|It may be difficult for millennials to comprehend, but there was a time when another Jackson was rightfully called the “Queen of Pop.” From the mid-80s to early 2000s, Janet Jackson was widely considered by many to be the forefront of pop music, and the evolution of her career allowed audiences to watch as she stepped out of the shadows of her famous brother and emerged as a voice to be reckoned with. In 2015, the queen is back to try and reclaim her title, as she has recently announced the release of a new album and world tour.
The definition of pop diva
During the 1980s, it was hard to think of anyone other than Michael when you heard the name Jackson. While the King of Pop certainly spent the decade racking up the platinum records and Grammy awards, it was his little sister who began to quickly make a name for herself. In 1986, Janet Jackson released Control, her third studio album and first album that took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Control spawned several chart-topping singles, including “What Have You Done For Me Lately,” “When I Think of You” and “Let’s Wait Awhile.” The album and singles would launch Jackson into superstardom, and would be followed by even more success in the coming years.
Within the next decade, Jackson would go onto be nominated for 16 Grammy Awards (winning three), sell tens of millions of albums around the world and even star in multiple Hollywood blockbusters. Her albums Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, janet, The Velvet Rope and All For You all featured chart-topping singles, and in 1997, she signed with Virgin Records for an $80 million record deal, which at the time made her the highest-paid musical act on the planet. She was given leading roles in films such as “Poetic Justice” and “The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” which both received generous box office returns.
Super Bowl halftime fiasco and brief hiatus
In 2004, Jackson took the stage in what would certainly be the biggest audience she had ever performed for: the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, the concert is remembered less for her performance and more for the infamous clothing controversy, which resulted in record fines by the FCC and leaving Jackson at a crossroads in her illustrious career.
Jackson would go onto release two more albums after the Super Bowl incident, but both didn’t meet the overall expectations of her previous hit records. After wrapping up her last world tour in 2011, Jackson spent time to focus on other projects, such as her best-selling self help book “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself” as well as her philanthropic projects, like her collaboration with UNICEF.
The queen is back
In 2015, Jackson was all set for an epic comeback. She announced that the release of her 11th studio album, Unbreakable, would be on October 2, 2015, meanwhile her world tour was already underway. The rest of that year was planned for the U.S. portion of her tour, continuing what was billed as the “Unbreakable World Tour” into 2016, playing even more arenas around the country.