#ThrowbackThursday: Five of Janet Jackson's iconic moments

#ThrowbackThursday: Five of Janet Jackson's iconic moments

It's not just about the nip slip

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Warner Music,
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Janet Jackson's first studio album in seven years, Unbreakable, will be released on 2 October. We look back at the last two decades of her illustrious career

1. When she appeared in that Rolling Stone cover.

Janet Jackson Rolling Stone

1993 marked several milestones for Jackson: She turned 24, and boldly announced her coming-of-age with a sexually-charged album, Janet. It's also the year she posed topless on the cover of Rolling Stone (shot by Patrick Demarchelier), with her breasts cupped by then-squeeze Rene Elizondo. Michael Jackson's little sister was all grown up, and the world was there to watch it.

2. When she starred in a movie with Tupac.

Marking Jackson's film debut, Poetic Justice saw the young Jackson as an aspiring poet working in a hair salon, down on her luck after the shooting of her boyfriend. She meets a postal boy — played by none other than the legendary Tupac — and the two connect over a road trip. Jackson's song in the movie, Again, was nominated for an Academy and a Golden Globe as well.

3. When she screamed with Michael Jackson.

According to Forbes, the music video for Michael Jackson's Scream was one of the most expensive ones to make of all time, costing a whopping US$10.7 million. The first single off his HIStory album (1995), the black-and-white futuristic video featured a pair of angsty siblings angry at the world — most notably, of the media's portrayal of the Jackson family. What a way to make a statement though — it sparked even more media frenzy, and went on to win a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video.

4. When she danced in All 4 U.

The epitome of early 2000s dance music, All 4 U was Jackson's fluffier, happy turn from The Velvet Rope (1997). The song bagged a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in all its two-dimensional glory, and sparked dance-offs everywhere. Recently at the BET Awards in June, Jason Derulo performed a tribute of the song before Jackson was awarded the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award.

5. When she released No Sleeep, a teaser to her upcoming record Unbreakable.

The comeback queen returns with a sexy slow jam — because why wouldn't she. Her airy vocals are put to good use once again with this chilled out tune off her upcoming record Unbreakable, her first in seven years. Its first single is already in its fifth week at No.1 on the Adult R&B Songs category according to Nielsen Music, and if that's any indication of Unbreakable's success, 2015 is going to be a big year for Ms. Jackson. We can't wait.

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