Music icon, multiple Grammy Award-winner and multiplatinum selling artist Janet Jackson is bringing her world tour to Las Vegas for a two-night concert engagement. Taking the stage at Planet Hollywood, this influential entertainer will be in Vegas right around the heat of the release of her most recent album, which is due out this fall.
Jackson began performing as a child, opening for the Jackson 5 in Vegas, but became known to the public mostly through her appearances on such TV shows as "Good Times," "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Fame."
At age 16, her father pushed her into a professional singing career, eager to capitalize on the growing success of her brother Michael. Signing to A&M Records, her self-titled 1982 debut reached No. 63 and sold over a quarter-million copies based on the Jackson name alone.
Two years later, she released her second album, "Dreamstreet," which did not sell quite as well as its predecessor.
In 1985, Jackson's father brought in his friend John McClain, a record executive, to remake Janet's image. McClain brought in top pop producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to prepare new material. Her 1986 single "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" reached the Top 5, boosting sales of her new LP, "Control," which reached No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts and sold 10 million copies worldwide.
In 1989, Jackson released "Rhythm Nation 1814," another pop smash. The album spawned four No. 1 hits and three more Top 5 hits, eventually selling 10 million copies and reaching No. 1 on the Billboard pop and R&B charts. Hit singles from the album included "Escapade," "Black Cat," "Miss You Much" and "Rhythm Nation."
Discontent with A&M, in 1991 Jackson signed a $32 million, two album deal with Virgin Records, at the time the biggest recording contract in history. The following year her single "The Best Things In Life Are Free," a duet with Luther Vandross, reached No. 1.
Jackson's 1993 Virgin debut, "janet," continued to expand the pop singer's fan base, spawning six Top 10 hits and selling over 15 million copies with songs like "That's The Way Love Goes," "If" and "Any Time Any Place." After dueting with brother Michael on his Grammy-winning single "Scream," Janet released a 1996 greatest hits collection, "Design of a Decade," which also featured two new singles.
Later that year, Jackson re-signed with Virgin for a reported $80 million, making her the highest paid recording artist of all time. To date, she has sold 40 million albums, won three Grammy awards and an Oscar nomination.
"The Velvet Rope," released in October 1997, was an intensely personal album that spawned the hits "Got Til It's Gone" and "Go Deep."
Four years later, Jackson returned with "All For You," released in the spring of 2001.
She has had a huge impact on the music scene as the only performer to be nominated for Grammy Awards in each of the Pop, Rock, Dance, Rap and R&B categories.
Don't miss your chance to see Janet Jackson in all of her glory when she takes the Vegas stage this fall.