Why The “Unbreakable” Janet Jackson Is More Important Than Madonna


It’s been seven long years since the last studio album from Janet Jackson, but with Unbreakable, Ms. Jackson (yes, we are nasty) is back on the campaign trail, making her case as one of the most important women in music. Her trailblazing is clear and evident in today’s biggest pop stars — no Janet means no Queen Bey, no Rih-Rih — as well as more ascendant artists like FKA Twigs and Tinashe. The most direct comparison to Jackson’s career arc is probably Madonna, but Jackson’s is arguably more important than the legendary musical chameleon, and it’s because of what she represents for the agency of women of color in music.

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