Considered the turning point on Janet’s career, this album is one of the foundations of contemporary R&B. Control was made exactly with the purpose of taking control, since she had been resenting the way her family was molding her professional career. Joe Jackson, her father, was her manager and the final say on the TV shows or albums with which she got involved came from him.
One of the hardest decisions in her life was, according to Janet herself, to dismiss her own father from the position of her manager. She then hired one of the executives of the A&M Records to guide her career thereafter. John McClain, with the task of restructuring Janet’s image, introduced her to a couple of young producers in the State of Minnesota, in the American Midwest: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Both were famous for the funk band The Time, in which they were, respectively, keyboardist and bassist. The band and the producers were closely related to Prince, of whom Janet was a fan. The plan was to make the biggest black album of all time and the boys already had some ideas in mind.
The “Minneapolis sound”, which is how the type of funk they made was called, together with contributions from Jackson – based on her personal experience, just like ‘Nasty’ and ‘Control ‘ – resulted in an album with an innovative and daring sound, which transformed her style and career. Launching Janet to stardom, Control has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, according to estimates from 1997. The greatest symbol of this success was the key earring, which, despite Janet already having used it for years (she used to said it was the key to the animals cage in her mansion), the meaning from then on became another: her independence, having left her family’s House and escaping Joe’s rule.
Singles and videos were not just hits, but the lyrics, the sound, and the structure of the music and the choreography have influenced generations of artists, ranging from Britney Spears, Mariah Carey to even her brother, Michael.
Seus singles e vídeos não foram apenas sucessos, mas as letras, a sonoridade, a estrutura da música e a coreografia influenciaram gerações de artistas, indo desde Britney Spears, Mariah Carey e até mesmo seu irmão, Michael.