“You know you want this.” Celebrate Janet….the calendar betrays us and indicates its been more than two decades (May 1993) since this monumental album dropped.
Janet (stylized as janet.) is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on May 18, 1993 by Virgin Records.
Due to increasing commentary that her success in the music industry was attributed to being a member of the Jackson family and a producer-dependent artist, she made a concentrated effort to take greater creative control of her new album. Its title, read “Janet, period.”, is meant to disassociate her public image from that of her family, essentially dropping the Jackson surname. She wrote all lyrics for the album, in addition to co-producing every song and co-writing each of their arrangements with record producers and long-time collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Prior to its release, Jackson was at the center of a high-profile bidding war over her recording contract. In 1991, her original label A&M sought to renew her contract, while others, such as Atlantic, Capitol, and Virgin all vied to sign her. After meeting with Virgin owner Richard Branson, she signed with the label for a $40 million contract, making her the world’s then-highest paid musical act, renewing it in 1996 for $80 million.