“I always write about my experiences or things that touch me deeply. I was really beginning to get in tune with my sexual self. I wanted my fans to really know me. The ‘janet’ album was sexual and I was beginning to really discover that side of me. Sex has been an important part of me for several years, but it just hasn’t blossomed publicly until now. I’ve had to go through some changes and shed some old attitudes before feeling completely comfortable with my body. Listening to this record, people intuitively understand the change in me. You see, sex isn’t just fire and heat, it’s natural beauty. Doing what comes naturally. It’s letting go, giving and getting what you need. In the age of AIDS, it certainly requires being responsible. On a psychological level, though, good sex, satisfying sex, is also linked with losing yourself, releasing, using your body to get out of your body. Well, for the first time, I’m feeling free. I love feeling deeply sexual – and don’t mind letting the world know. For me, sex has become a celebration, a joyful part of the creative process.”
Control is the third studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson. It was released on February 4, 1986 by A&M Records.Control is widely considered to be the breakthrough in Jackson’s career, establishing her independence and dominance in the realm of popular music. The album is regarded as one of the most influential albums in the history of rhythm and blues and the first album to bridge the gap between R&B and rap music. Control became her first album to top the Billboard 200 and five of its commercial singles—”What Have You Done for Me Lately”, “Nasty”, “Control”, “When I Think of You”, and “Let’s Wait Awhile” peaked within the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. The album has been certified fivefold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than fourteen million copies worldwide.