Selected by Dan Grunebaum

Janet Jackson

Queen of R+B

Sister Jackson may have cancelled her European tour, but as of this writing her January engagement at Tokyo Dome was still on schedule. Tickets go on sale this week.

Despite the release of brother Michael' first album in years, Janet Jackson still remains the people's favorite, if sales of her latest, All For You, are anything to go by. The album has been banned in prudish Singapore, where the lyrics "I just want to touch you, lick you, please you, make love to you," from the song, "Would You Mind," have been deemed overly sexually explicit by the country's Ministry of Information and the Arts. But elsewhere, the album has demonstrated Janet's continuing hold on the public affection, with the title track topping the US charts following its release in April.

Notwithstanding Janet's well-documented personal problems, the singer has yet to incur the mixed feelings among the public that her big brother has. This, despite over two decades in the public eye.

Born in Gary, Indiana in 1966, Janet made her stage debut at age seven, joining her brothers in a Las Vegas performance. She then jumped to television, appearing in two groundbreaking black sitcoms, “Good TimesEand “Diff'rent StrokesEin the late E0s to early E0s.

Janet made her self-titled recording debut in 1982, following it up with Dream Street in 1984. Both albums sold moderately, but it wasn't until the stunning success of Control in 1986 that Janet's career trajectory began to eclipse that of her brother. The album produced an astounding five US Top 10 singles on its way to number 1.

Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 appeared in 1989, also going quadruple platinum on the strength of hits such as "Miss You Much." By 1990, she had claimed eight Billboard awards, including Top R&B Album and Singles Artist and Best Pop artist awards. Her luck continued into the E0s, with the record-breaking performance of her Virgin Records debut Janet, which entered the US album charts at number 1, breaking Michael's sales record by selling 350,000 in its first week.

Throughout the E0s, while Janet has faced competition from emerging acts such as Toni Braxton, TLC and, most recently, Destiny's Child, she has remained without a doubt the Queen of R&B (the pop crown goes to Madonna). Both The Velvet Rope and All For You sold extremely well, and Janet continues to keep a high profile with touring and television appearances, such as a recent one on the MTV awards.

Look for a perfectly choreographed show at Tokyo Dome that will make up for in entertainment value whatever it may lack in spontaneity—and don’t forget to bring your binoculars.

Janet Jackson plays Tokyo Dome Jan 17. See listings for details.

Concert Listings
403: Sloan
402: Jamiriquoi


401: Park Tower Blues Festival
400: Mercury Rev
399: Bjork
398: The Isley Brothers
397: Janet Jackson


396: Ian Brown
395: Tortoise Orchestra
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana