15 Things you don’t know about Janet Jackson


  1. She is the youngest of ten children from the Jacksons
  2. At age eight, her father Joseph told her not to call him “Dad” anymore since he was her manager.
  3. As a teen she became a role model  for black teenage girls ( they adopted her layered hair style and wore hooped earrings in a similar fashion as she did), at a time when the television industry appealed overwhelmingly to white audiences
  4. Her brothers co-produce her second album Dream Street
  5. In 1984, Jackson eloped with childhood friend and fellow R&B singer James DeBarge. They divorced shortly afterwards, and the marriage was annulled in mid-1985.
  6. During the recording of the album Control, she was threatened by a group of men outside of her hotel in Minneapolis
  7. She collaborated with her brother Michael on “Scream”, and Scream is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the “Most Expensive Music Video Ever Made” at a cost of $7 million
  8. Jackson donated a portion of the proceeds earned from her single “Together Again” to the American Foundation for AIDS Research
  9. Jackson was listed in the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records as “Most Searched in Internet History” and the “Most Searched for News Item”
  10. She addressed her father  by his name
  11. In 2007, Jackson was ranked the seventh richest woman in the entertainment business by Forbes magazine
  12. In 2008, Jackson won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Why Did I Get Married?
  13. She had first learned of her brother’s death while filming on location in Atlanta for Why Did I Get Married Too?
  14. Jackson got the book called True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. The hardcover chronicles Jackson’s struggles with weight loss, self-esteem and living a happier life
  15. She is the only female artist in the history of the Hot 100 to have 18 consecutive top ten hit singles

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