Janet won a Grammy this evening in the category of Best Dance Recording for the song "All For You" which was handed out during the non-televised pre-show. The award becomes Janet's fifth Grammy of her career.
Janet is also nominated for two other awards to be presented later this evening: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Someone To Call My Lover" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "All For You".
As a result of last week's broadcast of the HBO concert from Hawaii, sales of "All For You" jumped an additional 66%, selling a total of 24,405 copies this past week and jumping forty-eight spots on the Billboard Album charts to land at position #49. [week ending March 9th]
After forty-three weeks since its release, total US sales for the album stand at 2,805,897 copies.
Janet will sit next to 16-year-old U.S. Olympic gold medallist Sarah Hughes at Wednesday's Grammy Awards ceremony, according to a Extra. Hughes won a gold medal last Thursday for women's figure skating.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Plen, the Senior Vice President of Promotion for Virgin Records, has informed Janet Xone that further single releases from the All For You album have most likely concluded.
"I think at this point," Plen said, "Janet has decided not to release another single from this album."
Plen, who has worked on promotion with Janet since she signed with Virgin in 1993, agrees with most fans about the possible success of releasing "Come on Get Up" (which has only been released as a single in Japan) as a worldwide single. Plen said of the song, "I think it's a smash!"
He did not elaborate any further as to any of Janet's plans for the future.
Janet set a record on Sunday for the most listeners ever to simultaneously tune into WBLS 107.5 during the New York radio station's simulcast of the HBO All For You concert from Hawaii.
According to the Music Industry News Network, approximately 746,000 people listened to the concert on the radio along with another 59,000 listeners who streamed the show over the internet from the radio station's website.
The WB air an encore performance of Janet's single "All For You" taken from this past weekend's HBO concert event in Hawaii during their new series "Glory Days" on Wednesday, February 20th, 9:00-10:00 P.M. EST.
Mere moments after the start of Janet's concert in Hawaii tonight, the white curtain at the start of the show didn't fully lift itself from the stage, causing Janet to be partially hidden behind the curtain.
Janet and the dancers continued on, however only a few bars into Come On Get Up, Janet stopped dancing, and walked off the stage with the dancers.
Last night's dress rehearsal of the All For You Tour at Honolulu Stadium ran smoothly as about 40 rows of promoters, staff, and other invited guests were allowed to watch the run-through. Unfortunately, fans were not invited.
At the dress rehearsal, Janet wore a brand new outfit for the 'whimsical' portion of the show. The stage is a bit wider and sets up above the ground twice as high. They have built it up on top of another stage so that people in the back can see it in the larger arena. On either side of the stage from floor to the top of the set, there are two panels of speakers which makes the already large set look even larger.
The first row of seats starts back a bit from the stage to accommodate the large camera pit directly in front of the stage. Directly behind the camera pit is the first row of seats, and then there is another large space and the second row starts. It is assumed that this front row is for fan club members.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has published a lengthy article describing all of the technical aspects behind Janet's Aloha Stadium concert as well as a photograph of the stage as the crew was assembling it.
It has also been announced that local Hawaiian reggae & world music group Three Plus have been added as a last minute opening act for the show.
The Honolulu Advertiser has interviewed HBO production members in an article that appears in today's edition of their newspaper. Producer Tony Eaton revealed that there will be a set of camera cranes that can reach lengths of over 85 feet to swoop over the audience and that a larger stage was specifically built to accommodate the large size of Aloha Stadium.
In another related article, it was revealed that "there will be a private, invitation-only Jackson performance at Aloha Stadium Friday night, HBO and stadium officials said, in order to rehearse her performance and block camera angles before Saturday's main show."
An interview with Janet's friend, dancer, and choreographer Gil Duldulao appears in today's edition of The Honolulu Advertiser. In the interview, Gil reveals that he may resign from dancing and instead pursue a career in acting, singing, fashion design, and the behind-the-scenes elements of dancing.
Janet was spotted in Waimea Falls Park in Honolulu on Thursday filming the prologue scene for her Hawaiian HBO special, according to KHNL NBC News 8. The introduction will feature Janet running through a tropical forest and then disappearing underneath a huge waterfall. Janet spoke to reporters as she crossed her arms so as to not expose her chest under her see-through camouflage shirt. Lance from Hawaii reported that Janet also wears a white gown in one scene and a body double was used to film many of the shots involving running through the forest.
The show's promoter was also featured in the KHNL report and said that the show is "different from anything else you've seen before in a concert. Expect a surprising finale and some special guests."
Over 20 cameras will be used to film the concert including a massive crane camera that was brought in to film shots from high over the stadium. More than 300 crew members were flown in to run the production including all of Janet's tour personnel and promotion team. One-hundred local Hawaiian crew members were also hired for the production.
It is rumored that there will be a pre-show filmed prior to the concert. It is expected that fans will take part in the 15 minute special, which will air just before the show begins and will take place in a local Honolulu Karaoke bar. This short pre-show is not confirmed and should be taken as such.
Virgin Records will be closing its Beverly Hills office and relocating to the East Coast as early as the end of March. Ashley Newton and Ray Cooper exited as of last Friday. EMI Recorded Music Chairman/CEO David Munns, has appointed Matt Serletic as the new Chairman/CEO of Virgin Records U.S. and Roy Lott President/COO of Virgin.
While on the Late Show with David Letterman, Janet revealed that during her upcoming HBO concert from Hawaii the cameras will follow her backstage to give the viewers a look at what occurs during the costume quick-changes in the midst of the show.
The entire eleven-minute Letterman interview is available to download in Real Video format for a limited time only. [sorry, but this file has been removed]
Janet's appearance on The Rosie O'Donnell Show was pre-taped on Monday morning and will air during tomorrow's episode.
It should also be noted that in the locations where The Rosie O'Donnell Show airs on NBC, the show may be pre-empted or moved to a different time-slot than normal due to the ongoing Winter Olympic Games. Check your local listings for the time Rosie will air in your location tomorrow.
The following list of nightclubs will be hosting HBO pre-premiere parties in celebration of Janet's February 17th televised Hawaii concert. Check them out for promotional prizes and giveaways:
Feb. 8 - Shampoo - Philadelphia, PA
Feb. 9 - Amsterdam Bar - Phoenix, AZ
Feb. 9 - The Revolver - Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 10 - Metro - Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 11 - Axis- Boston, MA
Feb. 14 - Club 5 - Madison, WI
Feb. 14 - Locker Room Thursday - Long Island, NY
Feb. 14 - Gay 90's - Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 14 - Fabulous - Westchester, NY
Feb. 14 - Club Café - North Quincy, MA
Feb. 14 - The Complex - St. Louis, MO
Feb. 15 - Neighbors - Seattle, WA
Feb. 15 - Oz - New Orleans, LA
Feb. 15 - Bricks - Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 15 - Faces - Sacramento, CA
Feb. 15 - IBT's - Tucson, AZ
Feb. 15 - Underground - Scarborough, ME
Feb. 15 - Spin - Chicago, IL
Feb. 15 - Southern Nights - Orlando, FL
Feb. 15 - Oasis Club - Los Angeles, CA
Feb. 15 - JR's - Dallas, TX
Feb. 15 - The Metro - Atlanta, GA
Feb. 16 - Club eXceSs - Nashville, TN
Feb. 16 - Pulse - Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 16 - The Renegade - Rehobeth Beach, DE
Feb. 16 - Club O'Zone - Miami, FL
Feb. 16 - Cobalt - Detroit, MI
Feb. 16 - The Compound - Denver, CO
Feb. 16 - Girl Spot - San Francisco, CA
Feb. 16 - Heaven - New York, NY
Feb. 16 - Pegasus - Pittsburgh, PA
Feb. 16 - Kings Knight - Birmingham, AL
Feb. 16 - Gotham City Café - New Haven, CT
Feb. 16 - Klub Z - Portland, OR
Feb. 16 - Club Montage - San Diego, CA
Feb. 17 - Cobalt - Las Vegas, NV
According to an article at the Honolulu Advertiser, there are still tickets available for the February 16th Honolulu, Hawaii concert at the 38,000 seat Honolulu Stadium that will be televised on HBO the following evening.
Janet was the NFL's first choice to perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, according to Entertainment Weekly.
After a group of NFL "bigwigs" caught U2's Elevation Tour in New York City this past October, they felt that U2 would be able to set the right tone in respect to the tragedies of September 11th and asked them to perform in light of those events.
A man was arrested last night after breaking into Janet's dressing room at Nassau Coliseum. The Associated Press is reporting that Mario Backman, 19, "allegedly went into Jackson's dressing room at about 11 p.m. and took the items, including stuffed animals, a New York City fire department cap, and correspondence." He was arrested after Janet's managers held the man and notified police.
Janet did not perform "If" and "Black Cat" at last night's concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
So far on the All For You Tour Janet has performed those two songs at a total of 34 concerts, while the total number of times that Janet has skipped those two songs is now up to 33. By the end of the tour it looks like "If" and "Black Cat" will have been skipped more often than were performed.
Janet will be a guest on the ABC daytime talk show The View on Friday, February 15th at 11:00 A.M. EST.
As we reported earlier this week, Janet is also scheduled to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on February 11th, and then on The Rosie O'Donnell Show on February 12th. All three talk shows film in New York City.
Hawaiian newspaper Midweek has conducted an interview with Janet via telephone. In the interview Janet explains why her nickname for Gil is "Keisha" and why her proneness to tripping led her to chip a tooth in Milwaukee this past summer.