A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that even though many of these songs are Top 40 radio classics, there are some seriously sexy parts to the album. Jackson sings about becoming physically excited, getting guys excited, dancing seductively, and having sex for all to see. But because these sexual situations are limited to only a handful of tracks on the 30+ song greatest hits collection, it should be easy for parents to skip through the handful of suggestive tracks and focus on the majority of hits, which are only mildly sexy or down-right innocent.
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What's the story?
As its name implies, NUMBER ONES is a greatest hits collection of Janet Jackson's number one hits from pop charts in the US and around the world. The album runs chronologically, from mid-80s hits like "Nasty Boys" and "Control" through Jackson's sexier '90s style ("If," "That's the Way Love Goes") on into today, with the release of her newest single, "Make Me."
Is it any good?
Greatest hits collections don't usually offer much new content or artistic innovation. But this double album might be an exception to the rule. For tweens and teens just discovering the Jackson family sound after Michael's untimely death, this release can be a great introduction to his sister's equally impressive portfolio. For listeners who lived through the "Rhythm Nation" era, this collection will not only provide some nostalgia, but also create a greater appreciation for Jackson's voluminous contributions to modern pop music. One thing's for sure: this album will take you on a fast-paced trip through the pop sensibilities of three decades while supplying a musical good time in the process.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sex in pop music. Do sexually explicit lyrics make you uncomfortable or confused? Do you think the sexy songs make you feel like everyone is doing it? Why do you think sex is so often the topic of pop songs?
Talk about Janet Jackson's image. She was part of the infamous sexually-charged Super Bowl controversy that occurred a few years back. How has her image changed since then? Do you think it was permanently damaged by the incident, or has she rebounded? Was Justin Timberlake, who also was involved in the scandal, vilified as much as Jackson? Do you think there is a double standard that allows men to misbehave more than women?
Talk about the Jackson family. How has this one group of related musicians transformed pop music? How does Michael Jackson's music compare to that of his sister? Do you think the family is being re-discovered by a new generation because of Michael's death? Or, is their music out of touch with today's youth?