February 6 : Enid gives birth to Brandi Jackson.
April 16 : Janet, Randy and La Toya attend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 35th Birthday Party on at On the Rox, The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood.
April-August : Janet signs a record deal with A&M and records her first album in Los Angeles. She also records background vocals with LaToya for Michael’s song PYT featured on his album Thriller.
May 6 : During an episode of Diff’Rent Strokes titled “The Music Man” Janet sings “The Magic Is Working” a song she has just recorded for her debut album.
July 7 : Janet’s debut single “Young Love” is released by A&M. It will peak at #64 on Hot 100 Billboard. Janet does not shoot a video for this single.
August 2 : Janet makes a photo session in L.A.
August 18 : Katherine files for divorce for the second time but she withdraws her demand later on.
September-December : Michael pays an architect to raze and rebuild Hatvenhurst. During the reconstruction, he moves into a condo that he owns with Katherine, Janet & LaToya on 410 Lindley Avenue in Encino. Joes stays in the property to watch out for thieves.
September 21 : Janet’s debut album “Janet Jackson” is released by A&M. It will peak at #63 on Billboard 200.
October 25 : Janet appears on the cover of Jet magazine.
October 30 : In Los Angeles, Janet performs “Young Love” & “Come Give Your Love To Me” for the first time on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and reveals why she wears a key on her ear ring.
November 5 : Janet performs “Young Love” on Solid Gold.
December 18 : In Los Angeles, Janet performs “Say You Do” and “Young Love” on the Soul Train show.
Janet meets dancers Terry Bixler & Anthony Thomas during a private dance audition for Thriller at Hayvenhurst. They introduce her to Rene Elizondo Jr and they become friends.
January : Katherine, LaToya, Michael & Janet move back to Hayvenhurst now equipped with a second story to the bedrooms, upstairs a den and a gym, downstairs a game room and a thirty-two-seat movie theatre and off the entry hall, a trophy room.
January 10 : “Come Give Your Love To Me” is released as the 2nd single from “Janet Jackson”. It will peak at #58 on Hot 100 Billboard. Janet does not shoot a video for this single
January 17 : Janet attends the American Music Awards.
February : Janet is on the cover of Ebony magazine with Different Strokes’ partner Todd Bridges.
February 04 : LaToya, Janet and Joe Jackson attend the R&B Awards in Los Angeles.
February 5 : In Los Angeles, Janet performs “Say You Do” on Solid Gold.
February 10 : In Bremen (Germany), Janet performs “Young Love” on Musikladen.
April 1 : Janet poses with Sammy Davis jr at an unknown event.
April 29 : “Say You Do” is released as the 3rd single from “Janet Jackson”. The song is not charted on Hot 100 Billboard. Janet does not shoot a video for this single.
May 16 : “Love Is My Best Friend” is released at the 4th single from “Janet Jackson”. Janet does not shoot a video for this single.
July 18 : “Don’t Mess Up This Good Thing” is released at the 5th and final single from the album “Janet Jackson”. Janet does not shoot a video for this single.
September 19 : The single “P.Y.T (Pretty Young Things)” is released by Epic and it features Janet & Latoya doing background vocals. It will peak at #10 on Hot 100 Billboard. Michael does not shoot a video for this single.
November 30 : Janet attends a press conference at New York’s Tavern On The Green to announce plans for the Victory Tour with the whole Jackson family.