*The element of surprise has been a hallmark of superstar Janet Jackson?s 30+ year career.
If you?re too young to remember, Jackson?s landmark 1986 Control album, with its defiant distancing from her famous family, surprised even her most ardent fans.
I was one of them; I?ve loved that girl since she was little Penny on Good Times. I still can’t look at a clothes iron without experiencing a little anxiety, and I still have an emotional reaction whenever I see actress Chip Fields!
As I think about it, the launch of Jackson?s recording career was a complete surprise, with her having spent the first years of her career focused on acting instead of trying to compete with her incomparable older brother, Michael. Beginning with her eponymous album, the youngest Jackson delivered passable pop with an urban edge that suggested there was something more to come.
At the age of 19, Jackson fired her father (he?d been her manager) and shocked the entertainment world as she emerged from Michael?s enormous shadow via a series of huge hit records, courtesy of w?nderkinds Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Continue reading