Scandalous superstar Janet Jackson will pose topless for the cover of her upcoming album - despite inciting fury across America with her controversial Super Bowl performance.

The RHYTHM NATION singer - who exposed her pierced right breast to millions of American TV viewers on 1 February (04) - will be photographed wearing only jeans, although her arms will be covering her chest.

Many will see the move as a direct attempt to front up to the furore surrounding her duet with Justin Timberlake, which has already resulted in a Tennessee woman suing both singers and MTV, CBS and VIACOM for "serious injury".

Janet's spokesperson at VIRGIN records confirms, "She just wanted a simple and youthful picture that she felt people would like. It's beautiful, soft. So far, fans love it. The Web sites have been going crazy."

The record, DAMITA JO, titled after Jackson's middle name, will hit stores on 30 March (04).

11/02/2004 13:49