Inside The Battle For Control Of Janet Jackson, 30 Years After 'Control'

In the mid 1980s, Janet Jackson emerged as a symbol of young black feminism who would go on to shape two, or three, generations; her bewitching blend ofself assuredness and sexuality in pop proved so salient that today, 30 years afterControl was released, young artists like Tinashe are still sampling its b-sides.

Janet’s Control was a statement, if not so explicit, about trying to wiggle out from under the thumb of the most domineering man in her life: Joe Jackson. In a January 1987 issue of Spin, writer JC Stevenson reported deeper on that phenomenon under the headline “Damn It, Janet: Janet Jackson declares her freedom on her aggressive breakthrough album. But a battle for power rages around this cool young woman’s career.”

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