Janet Jackson: What's Happening~~~

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Thanks for sharing this. Never heard Paula Abdul speak before. She seems like the sweetest person! Didn't know that she and the Jacksons go way back. And Janet speaking of her 2 year old son doing the moonwalk, omg! :wub:

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By Chris Willman May 18, 2019 Variety
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Here is something you’d place a bet on after seeing Janet Jackson’s new Las Vegas residency: She has been putting in a lot of hours on the treadmill. Not that we get to see how well-toned she is or isn’t, since she’s practically overdressed for the occasion, compared to the other superstar divas who come to town and play the leggy showgirl. But, 30 years after the “Rhythm Nation” tour — which her Vegas residency is being advertised as commemorating, at least in part — she’s clearly still got all that rhythm. Who could ask for anything more? Well, you could ask for stamina, too, and Jackson has also got that, in a 100-minute show that asks at least as much of her as those tours back in the day did.

Her “Metamorphosis” residency opened Friday, the day after the singer’s 53[SUP]rd [/SUP]birthday, a time in life at which it’s okay to become a little lazy, especially for the rare woman fortunate enough to have given birth after passing the 5-0 mark. We’ve seen younger performers who aren’t up to the determined rigors that a show like this demands, for whatever reasons, like the one who bowed out of her own Park Theater engagement earlier this year and left room for Jackson to step in. (Get well soon, Britney.) So, after you’ve maybe resolved that any “Miss You Much” will be a good “Miss You Much,” what fun it is — at least for those of us who’d passed on recent tours and didn’t know where to set expectations — to see that she hasn’t lost many steps. Actually, at the very beginning of Friday night’s opener, it seemed as if her moves weren’t quite as bold as those of her dozen-plus backup dancers, but soon enough she joined them in admirable sync, as if Jackson were going through her own opening-night metamorphosis of confidence.

One thing the show was kind of advertised as, and most definitely is not, is an autobiographical trip back through history, or self-help Tony Robbins/TED talk. When announced, her residency was described as incorporating her “path to self-love, empowerment, motherhood and activism, amidst the challenges she faced along her personal journey. She encourages her audiences to find their own light within themselves through her Metamorphosis.” There wassome of that, opening night — but, thankfully, only via voiceover during video pieces masking a few costume and set changes. Jackson has never been loquacious on stage, so she’s not about to start indulging in monologs now, unless they’re pre-recorded. The only time she really spoke live and at any length to Friday’s audience (which included guests like Magic Johnson and Queen Latifah) was to point out that she had some emotional recognition remembering that her first stage appearance with the Jacksons in the early ‘70s was at another MGM-branded property down the street. Given how the only awkward moments in Lady Gaga’s “Enigma” residency at this same venue are the ones where she talks with a robot about her own journey of self-discovery, it’s kind of a relief that Jackson stints on the live pep talks here. She lets the sight of her huge tangles of red curls blowing in the artificial wind do the talking. They talk a lot.

Jackson toured a good deal in 2018 and even a little bit into the beginning of this year, so it’d be natural to expect that the “Metamorphosis” shows might be kind of an extension of that “State of the World” tour — especially since she’s not doing a huge number of shows in Vegas; it’s 18 dates spread across May, July and August. But, looking at setlists, it’s evident this is a completely different show, and a very fan-servicing one, packing in at least excerpts of close to 40 songs, with a surprisingly strong emphasis on tunes from the ‘90s and early 2000s that she hasn’t performed in ages, or ever. The show opens with “Empty,” a track from “The Velvet Rope” that was never a part of her tours before, and is soon followed by fan favorite “Trust a Try,” from “All for You,” which hasn’t been brought out since she sang it a handful of times in 2001-02. It’s right about here that Janet cultists will be weepy with gratitude and casual ticket buyers will be wondering if the “Rhythm Nation 30[SUP]th [/SUP]anniversary” promise on the thousand-foot signboard outside was hooey.

Don’t worry, she’s getting there. It’s a “Let’s Wait A While” kind of night when it comes to the commemorative stampede of 1989/1814 nostalgia. But for much of the show she’s making a calculated decision on where to come down on a critical Vegas residency conundrum: Do you hope that most of the audience is serious fans who flew in for a possibly one-time-only engagement? Or do you assume you’re getting a lot of tourists who really only know the top five singles and not much else?

Jackson means to satisfy them all with that nearly 40-song setlist, but she does a huge amount of truncating, too, to squeeze them into not much more than an hour and a a half. Most of the 1986 “Control” album, in particular, is forced into medleys, as it has been on other tours. Better to hear a third or half of those songs than none at all. But it can be frustrating passing through them so lickety-split, and any aspiring songwriters should be making pacts with God that if they’re ever blessed enough to come up with hits as good as “The Pleasure Principle” or “What Have I Done for You Lately,” they will repay the muse by playing them in their entirety in perpetuity.

But it’s hard to complain about the overall balance of a show that in implicit part reads as “A Tribute to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis” but has about as many healthy chunks devoted to the more updated, modern-clubby sounds of R&B. When she does finally get to the concentrated “Rhythm Nation” part of the set, where the hits are not as condensed, it provides a late gust of ebullience and energy — with the whole palette seeming to become more widescreen, as the full cast of dancers lines up across the now black and white stage, backed by enclosed stairways they occasionally climb and an elevated platform that Jackson traverses when they’re gone. They’re never gone for long: The star has always favored the “nation” part as much as the rhythm, so mass choreography is never more than a couple minutes from coming back.
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There are a few quick and awkward moments of eroticism inserted into a show that’s hardly about that at all. Jackson, who has always been an all-or-nothing gal when it comes to revealing her body, is in nothing mode with the costuming here, favoring updates on the socialist-youth-brigade chic of of the “Rhythm Nation” era. There is an attention-getting bit, however, during which Jackson lies down on the stage and, er, presents herself to the audience; judging from the Twitter response, this is already a fan-favorite bit of bawdiness. At another point, a guy is brought onto the stage to be plopped in a chair, which would seem to augur for a reprise of the old bit that has her sexually teasing and tormenting her guest — do people remember that she did this years before Spears brought it into her show? — but it’s suddenly over just as soon as it’s started. Maybe there’s a way to make these feel better integrated into the show instead of thinking that sex needs to be incorporated into the show as a quickie, like just another oldie in the succession of mid-show medleys.

Some things are an improvement on the tours of 25 and 30 years ago, besides the expanded catalog. Back then, she was a pioneer in drawing suspicion for not always having a live mic amid the choreography. It’s not as if every moment of “Metamorphosis” sounds organic, but along with the playing of a live band that eventually appears, caged, at either end of the stage (and who occasionally come out for a solo, as on the duplicated shredding of “Black Cat”), Jackson sure sounds like she’s figured out a way over the years to hoof it and still sing live for much of the show. She’s never been a belter, and you’re not coming to hear vocal gymnastics, but it makes a difference in the personability of the show.

Initially, you may be taken by the lack of singularly spectacular production numbers in the show. There are no stunts, per se, beyond Jackson literally dropping in on a descending logo at show’s beginning; Gaga’s flight harness remains safely in storage, somewhere backstage. But the show doesn’t really suffer from its lack of androids. The most enjoyable bit of stagecraft has Jackson and her dancers appear to be on a subway car, between two sets of projections, a good example of what can be done, design-wise, without unnecessary props.

Jackson has long embodied a lot of contradictory qualities: the shy exhibitionist; the young woman who retakes “Control” from her family, then embodies familial loyalty (needless to say, Michael Jackson songs are prominent among the introductory music, even if “Scream” has finally been pushed out of the setlist); the Marvin Gaye-like detour from social consciousness-raiser to pure sensualist. For strong women and for African American women in particular, she was a one-woman smorgasbord of identities from which to draw upon, and it’s energizing to feel that history in the buzz of the crowd as you walk in — it’s something that has the slightest bit more giddy gravitas circulating amid the slot machines outside the Park entrance. Based on that, she’d probably get a pass for putting 75 percent effort in, but “Metamorphosis” isn’t just dependent on residual affection for its pleasures. She’s doing a lot for us lately, too.

Jackson’s “Metamorphosis” show continues at the Park May 18, 21-22 and 25-26, July 24, 26-27 and 31, and August 2-3, 7, 9-10, 14 and 16-17.
 

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Janet Jackson surprises dad who attended concert as Father's Day gift (August 12, 2019)

 

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Janet Jackson's Son Asks to Watch Videos of Mom and Michael Jackson Dancing

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For Janet Jackson's son, it seems the apple has not fallen far from the musical tree.

While the pop icon's son Eissa Al Manna is not yet 3 years old, the little one already has taken a liking to music and dance. As his famous mama shared on Australian radio show, Carrie & Tommy, Eissa asks to watch videos of her and his late famous uncle, Michael Jackson, dancing.

"He says, 'See mama dance. Watch Uncle Michael and mama,' and he wants to see 'Scream' at that point," she said. She noted Eissa also does some of Michael's moves from "They Don't Care About Us" and also loves "Smooth Criminal."

"He carries a tune," Janet confirmed. "He's very musical, incredibly musical."

She noted her youngster loves being where the band is, the instruments and making up melodies. "He has really good pitch," she shared.
 

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Paris78;4273708 said:
"He says, 'See mama dance. Watch Uncle Michael and mama,' and he wants to see 'Scream' at that point," she said.

Awww, that’s cute. :love: :)
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Eissa knows what's up. &#128525;&#128149;&#128158;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MichaelJackson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MichaelJackson</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JanetJackson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JanetJackson</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/royalty?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#royalty</a> <a href="https://t.co/YtMd8onAK0">pic.twitter.com/YtMd8onAK0</a></p>&mdash; Ina M. (@Inimarti) <a href="https://twitter.com/Inimarti/status/1192162064078381057?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">6. November 2019</a></blockquote>
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I like Janet. She was always by Michael side (I think). I just don't know what happened in 2012 with Katherine's missing. It was so confusing! Anyone knows what happened?
 

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I like Janet. She was always by Michael side (I think). I just don't know what happened in 2012 with Katherine's missing. It was so confusing! Anyone knows what happened?

I have been disappointed at her at times, like during the trial then she was almost never there because she was in the studio recording her 20 yo album but I guess it was to much for her to handle. There were also some horrific people on Janet forums during those years but I think those were MJ haters and not really Janet fans. Maybe the same people who tried to steal Charles Thomsons identity etc.
 

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I have been disappointed at her at times, like during the trial then she was almost never there because she was in the studio recording her 20 yo album but I guess it was to much for her to handle. There were also some horrific people on Janet forums during those years but I think those were MJ haters and not really Janet fans. Maybe the same people who tried to steal Charles Thomsons identity etc.

Me too. I like her but She had some atittudes that didnt looked good on her. Especially in 2012.
Still there are some brothers Who supported Michael in public but Behind close Doors the case changed. Even though Janet wasnt always there that doesnt mean She didn't supported him.
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="de"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank you SO much for visiting <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Perth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Perth</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JanetJackson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JanetJackson</a>! I was in that enthusiastic group of boys not too far back from the front, and we danced and sang and cried. We love you so much and we LOVED seeing you show the crowd what legendary is. We are grateful! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JanFam?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JanFam</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JanetJackson?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#JanetJackson</a><br>^Q <a href="https://t.co/joEC2Zcx8z">pic.twitter.com/joEC2Zcx8z</a></p>&mdash; The MJCast (@TheMJCast) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheMJCast/status/1192842089446293504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">8. November 2019</a></blockquote>
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About Katherine Jackson&#8217;s incident in 2012, she was originally about to go to Albuquerque (New Mexico) because she wanted to watch a reunion concert of her sons.

But she was duped into flying to a different direction, and more specifically to the Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa (in Tucson city).

Katherine Jackson also revealed under oath that during her nearly two-weeks, and against her will, stay at that Spa resort she was also cut off from any form of communication to the outside world (all of her mobile devices were disabled, including her cell phone).

This led to an issuing of a missing-person report about her and consequently also to a suspension of her guardianship of Michael Jackson's three kids.

After two weeks, she eventually returned back to home.

About Janet Jackson&#8217;s big absence during her brother&#8217;s trial in 2004-2005, the reason was not that she was recording in the studio her &#8216;20 Y.O.&#8217; album during those two years.

She actually began recording that album the first months of 2006.

It has been also suggested by several sources close to the Jackson family that Janet Jackson did not even want to appear publicly with Michael Jackson during the first day of the trial (on January 16th, 2004).

These sources have suggested that it was Katherine Jackson who made her appear with her brother Michael Jackson on that day of the trial.
 

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mj_frenzy;4274072 said:
About Katherine Jackson&#8217;s incident in 2012, she was originally about to go to Albuquerque (New Mexico) because she wanted to watch a reunion concert of her sons.

But she was duped into flying to a different direction, and more specifically to the Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa (in Tucson city).

Katherine Jackson also revealed under oath that during her nearly two-weeks, and against her will, stay at that Spa resort she was also cut off from any form of communication to the outside world (all of her mobile devices were disabled, including her cell phone).

This led to an issuing of a missing-person report about her and consequently also to a suspension of her guardianship of Michael Jackson's three kids.

After two weeks, she eventually returned back to home.

About Janet Jackson&#8217;s big absence during her brother&#8217;s trial in 2004-2005, the reason was not that she was recording in the studio her &#8216;20 Y.O.&#8217; album during those two years.

She actually began recording that album the first months of 2006.

It has been also suggested by several sources close to the Jackson family that Janet Jackson did not even want to appear publicly with Michael Jackson during the first day of the trial (on January 16th, 2004).

These sources have suggested that it was Katherine Jackson who made her appear with her brother Michael Jackson on that day of the trial.

Okay but Jermaine, Rebbie, Janet and Randy were the ones involved in Katherine´s missing right? Because they wanted Katherine to lose custody of Michael´s kids and the money she received from Michael´s will right? They said the will was fake. At least that´s what I heard. And Marlon didn´t even knew where his mother was. That family really is a bit of a confusion. I don´t know if they really like Michael or they like his money better.
As for Janet´s big absence it´s a disapointment for me because I thought she was there to really support her brother not because Katherine made her go.
I don´t know. They all show up saying Michael was amazing and all but in the end some of them are so fake. To me Marlon, Jackie and Tito are the ones who are honest and really felt for Michael. Janet I don´t know, I like her but I´m disapointed. Rebbie I thought was good and all that but she did some things that makes me wonder, Latoya and Jermaine I don´t even comment. And Randy I heard he was crazy as hell! Poor Michael really.
 

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1/28/2020 by Gail Mitchell The Hollywood Reporter
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Legends like Carlos Santana joined rising stars Adrienne Warren and Khalid at the mogul's annual bash, held this year amid Recording Academy controversy: "Tonight we come together to celebrate music."

Multiple standing ovations were the order of the evening at the Pre-Grammy Gala on Jan. 25.

The annual event at the Beverly Hilton, hosted by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy, got off to a riveting start with a cold open by Beck, whose medley included "Loser" and "Where It's At." Brandi Carlile — whose cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" was rewarded by a blown kiss from the icon — also partnered with Cyndi Lauper for a rendition of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." For most of the night, the controversy ignited by the Recording Academy's ouster of CEO Deborah Dugan went unacknowledged, save for Davis' remark that "this is clearly a very tumultuous time for the Academy, but tonight we come together to celebrate music."

Other performers included Santana with Ryan Tedder, Miguel and Wyclef Jean; John Legend; and double Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo soaring through a two-song tribute to attendee Janet Jackson. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were in the audience, and Nancy Pelosi held court at a table with Michael Douglas and Billy Porter. Motown's legacy was represented by tablemates Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. And huddled in conversation were Quincy Jones, Sherry Lansing and Lou Adler.

Closing out the evening, Salute to Industry Icons honoree Sean "Diddy" Combs could have won an award for longest acceptance speech. His often humorous 40-minute thank you was equally passionate and hard-hitting as he closed by taking the troubled Academy to task for its lack of diversity and transparency — "Truth be told, hip-hop has never been respected by the Grammys," he said — eliciting cheers and applause.

Before the Jan. 25 gala, Davis and 15 music stars sat for an exclusive group photo for The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard at the Beverly Hilton.
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1 Cyndi Lauper 2 Chance the Rapper 3 Wyclef Jean 4 Ryan Tedder 5 Khalid 6 Janet Jackson 7 Lil' Kim 8 Carlos Santana 9 Miguel 10 Carl Thomas 11 Adrienne Warren 12 Cynthia Erivo 13 Clive Davis 14 Brandi Carlile 15 Beck 16 Joni Mitchell
 

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Re: Clive Davis' Grammy Party Class Photo: Joni Mitchell, Janet Jackson, Cynthia Erivo and More

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Nice for her to see that's she's back with some recognition, she deserves it ! I bet she changed her PR team, because she was almost invisible for her last album promo.
 

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With everything going on now I can only imagine a delay should be expected, but it&#8217;d be a great time for some new music from Janet!
 

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2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

This was recently uploaded on the Hall's official Youtube channel
 

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today in Art class, students responded to current events in our communities surrounding the wrongful death of George Floyd &amp; protests that followed. We listened to Donny Hathaway, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, <a href="https://twitter.com/johnlegend?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@johnlegend</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/common?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@common</a>, &amp; Michael and Janet Jackson. <a href="https://twitter.com/BedStuyD16?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BedStuyD16</a> <a href="https://t.co/Gi387dxp1j">pic.twitter.com/Gi387dxp1j</a></p>&mdash; The Brooklyn Green School (@898Middle) <a href="https://twitter.com/898Middle/status/1267561661411491840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 1, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 
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