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Three years later, Jack­son as­serted her­self as a sex sym­bol, re­leas­ing her self-ti­tled al­bum, “Janet,” and pro­mot­ing it via a sex­u­ally charged “Rolling Stone” cover photo.

Pro­fes­sional and sex­ual peaks aside, a val­ley swiftly fol­lowed “Janet.” Pri­vately, Jack­son suf­fered both emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally, but mined those ex­pe­ri­ences to de­liver her dark­est but most raw record yet, 1997’s “The Vel­vet Rope.” The al­bum show­cased Janet as a voice for sex­ual poli- tics and was re­garded as her strong­est artis­tic state­ment to date.

A brighter Janet play­fully re­turned in 2001 with “All For You.”

Then, in 2004, poised to cap­i­tal­ize on a Su­per Bowl per­for­mance, Jack­son suf­fered crit­i­cism for the in­fa­mous breast-bar­ing “wardrobe mal­func­tion.” The con­tro­versy and en­su­ing back­lash over­shad­owed her eighth record, “Damita Jo,” and the al­bum found very lit­tle suc­cess.

Jack­son’s next two al­bums, in­clud­ing the abysmal “20 Y.O.,” suf­fered from record la­bel shifts, sink­ing sales and less re­liance on her re­la­tion­ship with Jam and Lewis.

‘Un­break­able’ and be­yond

Af­ter false starts and ru­mors, Jack­son de­liv­ered the “Un­break­able” al­bum and tour news to fans on her birth­day. In an age of In­ter­net leaks, it’s sur­pris­ing very lit­tle else is known about the pro­ject.

Al­ways care­ful in what she re­veals, and re­mind­ing fans that they’ll al­ways hear it from her lips, Janet has staged a bril­liantly mar­keted come­back.

With the “Un­break­able” era de­scend­ing upon us, Janet looks to be at her wis­est yet.

Septem­ber 18, 2015

Mu­sic leg­end Janet Jack­son rein­vents her im­age for the ‘Un­break­able’ al­bum cover. (Pub­lic­ity photo)

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