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Janet Jackson recently concluded her much anticipated the State of the World Tour. Grossing over $33 million, it was attended by almost half a million Jackson fans. Needless to say, Janet Jackson tickets for the tour were sold out.
A crowned pop queen, Janet Jackson’s influence on popular culture and music is unmatched. Among Billboard’s most groundbreaking female artists of all-time, her compelling concepts and themes have redefined the hip-hop genre.
A visionary, Janet Jackson has always danced to her own tunes. Her versatility, addictive crossover compositions and signature dance moves have inspired many artists – both male and female. From Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and Chris Brown to Pink, Usher, Backstreet Boys and Kendrick Lamar, Miss Jackson has influenced them all.
Time and again Janet Jackson has proved her mettle despite the controversies. At 51, she’s also a single mother to her son Eissa Al Mana. An advocate of women empowerment, soon after having her baby, Janet embarked on her State of the World Tour, and she took Eissa along.
Janet Jackson: A Cultural Icon
The 1980s pop and hip-hop music scene boasted of big names like Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. Jackson’s voice didn’t have Houston’s vocal prowess or Lauper’s poetic subtlety, or even the element of shock that Madonna so often presented. So how she managed to change the music industry forever?
Through her appeal which extended across color lines and gender.
A revolutionary artist, Jackson paved way for many African American musicians especially females. Breaking down barriers, albums like “Control” conveyed the message of independence and freeing oneself from male influence – in her case, Michael Jackson.
After firing her father as her manager, Jackson roped in Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam as her producers. Her third album, “Control” also became her first one to top the Billboard 200 charts. Songs like “Nasty”, “When I Think of You”, “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Control” reached top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It added several other feathers in her cap, including a Grammy Award and an induction in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s “200 Definitive Albums of All Time”.
The Phenomenal Reign of Rhythm Nation 1814
Released in 1989, “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” remains her magnum opus. It cemented its place in music history as the decade’s last massive blockbuster, clinching the top position on the music charts for six consecutive weeks.
A conceptual album, it focused on the theme of social issues like poverty, racism and substance abuse. Critics called it a blueprint for a country where an independent, confident and sexy woman wanted to live in. From 1989-1991, the album dominated the pop universe, becoming the first album in music history to produce number one songs in a span of three separate years. But for Janet Jackson the biggest achievement was kicking to the curb record set by her brother Michael Jackson – dethroning “Thriller” to make “Rhythm Nation” the first album to produce seven Top 10 hits.
The album came with a supporting Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990 that sold-out Janet Jackson tour tickets in record time. Elaborate set design, theatrically strong performances and mind-blowing showmanship and choreography made it one of the highest grossing treks of the 90s.
Janet Jackson used her stage to do a lot more than just entertain. She realized there was an urgent need to do something about the social issues, not just reflect but also react.
The 20-track album was packed with passion and energy. Dense textures were lifted by Jackson’s feathery, intimate vocals that touched the soul. A stunning fusion of pop pleasures with edgy hip-hop and street energy, “Rhythm Nation” was liberating, sensuous and playful.
Janet Jackson: The R&B Legend
Ask Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Ciara, all three credit Janet Jackson as their biggest influence, even calling her the ‘Empress of Pop’.
Keeping up with the changing music trends, Jackson has been able to cross into various styles, be it R&B, hip-hop, soul, dance pop, soft rock, new jack swing and even hard rock. Her music career has many signatures. Music videos, her sexuality, huge budget tours and choreography, all have contributed to her success in the industry.
Showing mastery in music videos, her visuals featured intricate choreography, dramatic costumes and a natural flair for performance. It established her status as a pop icon as she treated the fans to various styles, ranging from brazen sexual imagery to fun dance parties to beautiful representations.
Jackson’s versatility as a performer solidifies her place as an all-time favorite entertainer. This is why her concerts witness jam-packed attendance. Her live events feature an eclectic mix, as she rocks the stage with her slow jams as well as uptempo beats.
In 2015, her 11th album “Unbreakable” was released and it topped both the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The single “No Sleeep” featuring J. Cole became her 40th song to break through the Billboard charts. She later embarked on her “Unbreakable World Tour” and added more dates in 2017, renaming the trek “State of the World Tour”.
Janet Jackson will soon announce her 2018 shows and is slated to perform at the Essence Festival in July. Stay tuned for more information on her latest touring plans.