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Janet Jackson Vs. Mariah Carey: Battle Of The ’90s Queens

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In a music industry full of dynamite female acts, who reigns supreme as the ultimate pop goddess? It’s a daunting question, but we are determined to find the answer. Let’s get ready to rumble, because the next round of VH1?s Pop Queen Faceoff continues! Today we’re pitting two of music’s biggest divas — Janet Jackson andMariah Carey against each other for one glitter-soaked cat fight. Who will come out on top? You decide!

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Always Imitated, Never Duplicated: Everything In Pop Music That Janet Jackson Did First

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We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album Janet Jackon’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and bowing down before the pop goddess that is Janet Jackson. Almost from the start Janet was a trailblazer, fusing pop, R&B and hip-hop, raising the bar for music video choreography,  speaking out about social injustice and breaking racial and sexual taboos. The trends she started in fashion and music can still be seen in the work of today’s female stars, such as Ciara, Britney Spears and Beyonce among many others.

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VH1 Vintage: Janet Jackson Reveals Inspiration for Rhythm Nation 1814

This week we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, the 1989 album that cemented Janet Jackson‘s reputation as one of the era’s premiere female artists with it’s messages of sexual empowerment and era-defining new jack swing sound. However, did you know that it was actually a concept album about social injustices and was also accompanied by a 30-minute long form music video? Read more…

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Miss Jackson If You’re Nasty: What Are Janet Jackson’s Most Sexually Empowering Albums?

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Janet Jackson began her solo musical career more than 30 years ago as the fresh-faced baby sister of her famous older brothers. But starting with 1986′s Control and reaching full flight with 1989′s Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, Janet matured into an artist equal to any elder Jackson and a grown women in full command of her status as a budding sex symbol. Read more…

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Janet Jackson’s Style Transformation Through the Years

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On September 19, 1989 Janet Jackson‘s monster album Rhythm Nation 1814 was released, making 2014 the 25th anniversary of the seminal record. Janet’s incredible style evolution over the nearly 40 years she’s been in the public eye makes her the perfect candidate for Transformation Tuesday. With every album and every awards show Janet was always keen on showing a fresh new style, influencing the biggest stars of today with both her music and fashion.

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15 Reasons We Miss Buying CDs

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Before the iPod and every other Apple product took over the world, we were able to engage in the magical experience and staple of the ’90s: CD shopping. And buying CDs wasn’t like taking part in any other purchase, simply because it was life changing. We’re here to help you remember why.

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Cover Story: The Most Iconic Rolling Stone Covers of All Time

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For 47 years, music fans have looked to Rolling Stone as the primary source for edgy and flamboyant reporting that pushes limits and goes where no other publication dares. The articles are always challenging and thought-provoking, but it’s their bold and often-controversial covers that are forever burned into our memory.

From outlandish illustrations to stark portraits, these images comment on sensitive subjects like presidential elections, terrorism, drugs, and (of course) nudity. They’ve put the nails on the “good girl” coffins of stars like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus. They’ve pinned rap superstars Kanye West and 50 Cent against each other, and sexualized teen shows like Glee and Gossip Girl. They’ve put the spotlight on monsters who have hurt this country, and those who have been sacrificed to help it.

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