Janet Jackson is in on May 14, 2017. Janet Damita Jo Jackson is born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana. She first performed on stage with her family at the age of seven, and started her career as an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. At age sixteen in 1982, she signed a recording contract with A&M and released her self-titled debut.
In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest paid artists in the 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 work. By the end of the 1990s, she was named the second most successful recording artist of the decade.
Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Jackson is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. In 2008, Billboard released its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, ranking her at number seven. Her longevity, records and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers. (From: Wikipedia)