In her ever-evolving career, Janet Jackson has made a case for herself beyond the family name that also made stars out of her brothers Michael and Jermaine. And, it has often been through some risk-taking and music that was outside of the norm expected from her family’s previous sounds.

“I’m proud to have stayed in the game and survived,” Jackson said on her official website. “And I’m proud that I’ve remained true to myself. But if you go back and listen to the music, you’ll hear how that self is always changing.”

A full spectrum of her career, including some twists, will be on display during Janet Jackson’s show on Oct. 1 at Grand Sierra Resort. According to her website, her “State of the World Tour” will include big hits as well as unreleased new songs and what is called “an array of her socially conscious music she’s released throughout her career.” 

That career started quite early: seven to be exact. That was when Janet Jackson was first a part of the Jacksons’ Vegas shows in 1973. At first, she was working more as an actress than as a singer, with roles on the TV shows “Good Times” and “Fame.”  

Two solo albums in the early '80s did modestly, but it all broke through with her third album, “Control,” in 1986. Using the hot Minneapolis-based production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson wrote most of the songs and threw in a lot of attitude. The album ended up being a No. 1 success and sold 6 million copies in the U.S. It also spawned a No. 1 single with “When I Think Of You” and top 5 hits with “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Nasty,” “Control” and “Let’s Wait Awhile.”

The follow-up to “Control,” 1989’s “Rhythm Nation,” was even bigger, selling 8 million copies in the U.S. and spawning No. 1 songs in three different calendar years: “Rhythm Nation” and “Miss You Much” in 1989, “Escapade” and “Black Cat” in 1990, and “Love will Never Do Without You” in 1991.

Jackson’s albums in the ‘90s were similarly successful. “Janet” in 1993 and “The Velvet Rope” in 1997 both went to No. 1 and sold in the millions. Among their hits were “That’s the Why Love Goes,” “Again,” “Any Time, Any Place,” “Together Again” and “I Get Lonely.”  “Again” was featured in the film, “Poetic Justice,” in which she acted with fellow musician Tupac Shakur.

She continued to release singles and albums throughout the next two decades, including hits such as “Doesn’t Really Matter,” “All for You,” “Someone to Call My Lover” “Call on Me” and “Feedback.” Janet Jackson was also featured as a guest on several top 10 hits during her career, including “Diamonds” with Herb Alpert in 1987, “Scream” with her brother Michael in 1995, and “What’s it Gonna Be?” with rapper Busta Rhymes in 1999.

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