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Janet Jackson and Virgin Records reach long term worldwide pact.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 1996--Ushering in the new year with a blockbuster agreement, superstar Janet Jackson and Virgin Records have announced a new long term worldwide recording pact.

The contract renews and expands a partnership which has already yielded spectacularly successful results. Janet's 1993 Virgin debut album "janet." has sold 10 million units worldwide, and is certified sextuple platinum here in the U.S. after topping both "Billboard's" Pop and R&B album charts.

The enormous global sales represent only part of the multi-faceted "janet." success story. The album spawned a slew of hit singles and videos, including the debut single "That's The Way Love Goes," which spent eight weeks at #1 on the "Billboard" pop chart on its way to platinum certification; the gold-certified "Anytime, Anyplace," which hit #2 on the pop chart; and the top 10 gold record smash "You Want This." Moreover, "You Want This" was Janet's fifteenth single to be certified gold, setting a new record for most gold singles by a female artist.

In addition to winning widespread critical praise, "janet." has garnered a variety of awards and kudos. "That's The Way Love Goes" won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, and the video "If" won the MTV Award for Best Female Video. "Again" featured in the film "Poetic Justice" (in which Janet made her big-screen film debut as the female lead character) was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Achievement In Music / Original Song category. Janet received four prestigious Soul Train Award nominations in the wake of "janet.", including R&B Album of the Year/Female; Best R&B Single/Female for "That's The Way Love Goes"; Best R&B Music Video for "If"; and R&B Song Of The Year for "That's The Way Love Goes."

Janet's success on records, videos, in film, and on the airwaves is mirrored by her towering status as a top-rank concert draw; her massive worldwide tour following the release of "janet." resulted in standing-room-only concerts in all corners of the globe, and created frenzied fan enthusiasm of epic proportions.

Commenting on her new long term partnership with Virgin, Janet said, "I am excited to be resigning with Virgin, particularly in light of the success we have had working together on my album, `janet.' Working with individuals who support an artist's need to express a vision and who are willing to maintain the integrity of that vision during the many phases in an album's life is extremely important to me. Virgin has supported me in this way. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the talented team of professionals that makes up the Virgin family."

Regarding the new pact, Virgin Music Group Worldwide Chairman/CEO Ken Berry said, "Janet is the very embodiment of a global superstar. Her artistic brilliance and personal appeal transcend geographic, cultural, and generational boundaries. We're thrilled to renew our creative relationship with her, and look forward to successfully working together for many years to come."

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