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

Vincent Anthony
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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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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.