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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
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.
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.
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 TimesEand
Diff'rent StrokesEin the late E0s to early E0s.
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
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.
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.
for a perfectly choreographed show at Tokyo Dome that will make up for in
entertainment value whatever it may lack in spontaneityand dont
forget to bring your binoculars.
Jackson plays Tokyo Dome Jan 17. See listings for details.