Janet inducted opera diva Kathleen Battle into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame during a ceremony which took place last night during a ceremony at the historic Hollywood Bowl.
Soprano Kathleen Battle has performed at the world's leading opera houses and major concert halls. Janet's relationship with Battle stretches back to 1993 when they recorded the rock-opera flavored "This Time" together for Janet's "janet." album.
Janet presented the Video of the Year award tonight at the 2nd annual BET Awards. The award was won by P. Diddy who accepted the award on behalf of himself, Busta Rhymes, and Pharell of The Neptunes for their video "Pass the Courvoisier".
A Real Video file of Janet's presentation is now available to download for a limited time only. [Sorry, this file has been removed.]
In direct response to reports from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Miss Janet International Fanclub, Jimmy Jam has denied any specific announcement concerning the content of Janet's next album. While it has been reported that Janet's new album will be a greatest hits or a remix album, Jimmy is keeping the project a mystery.
A one minute clip of "Feel It Boy", Janet's new collaboration with Beenie Man, is now available to download in Real Audio and MP3 formats. The entire song will debut internationally July 3 at 5:55 A.M. EST.
The two day shoot for the "Feel It Boy" video wrapped Monday and was filmed in several locations, one of which was at a beach in southern California.
Janet's collaboration with dance hall artist Beenie Man, titled "Feel It Boy", will be released to radio internationally on Wednesday, July 3, according to Virgin Record's website. The track, available on Beenie Man's new album "Tropical Storm" due out this fall, was produced by The Neptunes.
According to the following article excerpted from Video Business Online, "Janet: Live In Hawaii" will be released on DVD in the United States on September 3.
Eagle Rock joins the band at Warner - Daniel Frankel
JUNE 11 | WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--Eager to expand its market share in the DVD special interest category in general, and the music video area in particular, Warner Home Video has entered into an agreement with concert-video specialist Eagle Rock Entertainment to distribute select titles.
The collaboration, announced Tuesday during a news conference at the House of Blues, warms up with the July 16 release of "J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of the Rings", a documentary DVD packaged with a music CD by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. However, both companies are billing the Sept. 3 release of the concert title "Janet Jackson: Live in Hawaii" as the relationship's true coronation.
The 90-minute release chronicles Jackson's recent "All for You" tour, focusing on its visit to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu (the show was broadcast earlier this year by WHV sister company HBO). It's a follow-up to the 1998 Emmy-winning "Janet: The Velvet Rope", distributed by Eagle Rock under its Eagle Vision label.
The July 4 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine features a photo of Janet along with several nude dancers wearing nothing but body paint at her birthday bash in Miami, Florida, last month.
The party, thrown by friend and producer Jermaine Dupri, was held in the private room at the popular South Beach dance club Kiss Steakhouse. Invitations to the private party were delivered on CDs created and recorded by Dupri informing guests of the event. In attendance at the party were several celebrity friends including Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, as well as Ashanti who serenaded Janet with a special song during the event.
Janet has been in Miami regularly since the All For You Tour ended in February. She just bought a new beach house on the exclusive and lavish Fisher Island on the tip of Florida.
Last week Jimmy Jam informed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about plans to release a remix album later this year. Whether or not this greatest hits package and planned remix album are being melded into the same project is still unclear.
The album will contain hits recorded during Janet's Virgin Records years beginning in 1993 with the "janet." album.
Janet will appear in the video for her new duet with reggae artist Beenie Man which will film in Los Angeles on June 23, according to the Miss Janet International Fan Club.
As was reported earlier, the duet is titled "Feel It" and will be included on Beenie Man's new album "Tropical Storm" due this fall on Virgin Records. The song was originally titled "Feel It Girl" and was recorded with R&B singer Joe but was shelved and then later revived, re-titled, and re-recorded when Virgin enlisted Janet to take part in the song.
Janet will be featured in a new duet with fellow Virgin Records artist Beenie Man, according to MTV France.
The song, titled "Feel it Boy", will be the first single released from Beenie Man's new album "Tropical Storm", currently set for a mid-September release. A video for the song is being filmed sometime this month, however it is unknown if Janet will appear in it.
The "Feel it Boy" single is slated for a summer release.
The American Film Institute has invited Janet as one of many celebrity guests to provide commentary as they count down the one-hundred greatest love stories ever filmed, as chosen by a panel of 1,800 film notables.
"AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions" is a three hour special documenting the peak of romance on the silver screen. Among those commenting on the films aside from Janet are Faye Dunaway, Harrison Ford, Mary Tyler Moore, Neil Simon and Kathleen Turner.
The documentary will air on CBS next Tuesday, June 11, at 8:00 P.M. EST.
Janet has received a nomination at Seventeen Magazine's fourth annual Teen Choice Awards in the category of Best Female Artist. Other nominees in that category include Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Alanis Morissette, Pink, Shakira, and Britney Spears.
Ballots can be found in the July and August issues of Seventeen Magazine or can be filled out by visiting the magazine's website. The ceremony is set to air August 19 on Fox.
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as the Recording Academy, will be awarding Janet, along with film composer Thomas Newman and Walt Disney Music President Chris Montan, with the coveted Governors Award at their 2002 Recording Academy Membership Awards Luncheon.
An organization of 20,000 musicians, producers and other recording professionals, the Recording Academy is known for holding the Grammy Awards, and is responsible for numerous groundbreaking outreach, professional development, cultural enrichment, education and human services programs.
The luncheon will be held on Thursday, June 20, from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California.
Janet was award last night with the first ever Essence Awards Reader's Choice Entertainer of the Year Award at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. More than 35,000 readers voted for this award which was presented by WWE wrestler and actor The Rock.
Later in the evening Janet also presented producing team Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis with the Excellence in Music Award.
The 2002 Essence Awards will air Thursday, June 6th, at 8:00 P.M. EST on Fox.