97 Words: Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”

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“What Have You Done For Me Lately?” was the first single from Control and acted as the introduction to the all-new Janet. It served as a sampler, a taste of what was to come, hinting at the themes of independence, feminism, and control, it was just the right mix to set the era off. The single found a frustrated Janet chiding her boyfriend for his lack of effort in their relationship. Its video was a cinematic, Paula Abdul-choreographed game-changer. Her first true hit, it established Janet as a pop star and a leader in female empowerment music.

 

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