The flyer for the concert, which is titled "America: United in Support of Our Troops," states that the event will be held on Thursday, May 8 at 7:00 PM at Del Mar Beach and is exclusive to military personnel only. The flyer warns that IDs will be checked in order to gain access to the concert.
Other performers at the concert will include Clint Black, Snoop Dogg, Pussycat Dolls, Blind Melon, Jordin Sparkz, ZZ Top, and Ne-Yo.
Janet was presented with the Vanguard Award by Ellen DeGeneres last night at the GLAAD Media Awards, which was held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Portions of the ceremony will air on Bravo on a date yet to be announced.
The following list represents Janet's positions on all of the Billboard charts for the week ending May 3, 2008.
Discipline: The Billboard 200: 62 to 58* Billboard Comprehensive Albums: 66 to 62* Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: 21 to 16*
"Luv": Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: 86 to 71* Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: re-enters at 71* Hot Adult R&B Airplay: 19 to 21
"Feedback": Hot 100: 82 to 89 Hot Singles Sales: 23 to 27 Pop 100: 70 to 68 Hot Digital Songs: 59 to 68 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: 71 to 81 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: drops out Hot Adult R&B Airplay: 33 to 40 Hot Dance Club Play: 20 to 29 Hot Dance Airplay: 18 to 14 Hot Canadian Digital Singles: 33 to 29 Canadian Hot 100: 43 to 39
Janet Talks Marriage, Broadway and Drag Queens Today 4:00 AM PDT E! Online by Marc Malkin
Good news for Janet Jackson fans. She's hitting the road again. Ms. Nasty tells me she'll launch a new world tour on Sept. 11.
"The next big thing on the agenda is prepping for the tour," Jackson says. "I'm still promoting the new album [Discipline] right now, but we'll be getting into rehearsals in about a month and then start touring."
But at this very moment Jackson, 41, is thinking about Saturday, when Ellen DeGeneres will present her with the Vanguard Award at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's 19th Annual Media Awards at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.
Jackson is in good company. Past recipients include Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Aniston, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas and Liza Minnelli. I caught up with Jackson the other day from her home in L.A., where she spoke about her thoughts on getting married again, those never-ending gay rumors, her dreams of Broadway and why she wishes she was more like Janet drag queens:
Why do you think you're getting the Vanguard Award from GLAAD? I think it's because of the work I have done related to AIDS, and also just the support that I've given them throughout the years. I'm excited.
I have to ask, what are you going to wear? [Laughs.] I think I am going to wear Ralph Lauren.
I actually think Ellen may have a little crush on you. You two had a great rapport when you were on her show. I absolutely adore here. She's smart. She's funny. She's fun to be around. I really enjoy her. She's very talented.
It's kind of amazing that when Ellen came out of the closet her sitcom was canceled, but now she's back on top-one of our biggest stars. I'm so happy she did do that, because someone had to take that stance...For her to be so courageous and something came out of it much bigger and much better and really positive. It was a shame that they canceled her show once she did that. That's ridiculous...Do you hear that noise in the background?
I do. Sorry, that's my dog playing with the water bottle.
What kind of dog do you have? A bulldog. Now he decides to play with it. It's been on the floor the entire time for about two hours. Now that I'm on the phone he wants to play with it...So you still have discrimination. It's sad. It really is. But, I think, slowly but surely, it's getting better.
When did you first realize you were a gay icon? I never thought of myself as that, and it never even crossed my mind when people started calling me icon and legend and all this other stuff. I remember I was over in Europe and I called my boyfriend [music megaproducer Jermaine Dupri] once because they had introduced me on a show as a legend, and I said, "You know they introduced me as 'the legendary Janet Jackson', " and he said, "You are." [Laughs.] I never thought of that or looked at myself in that way. But I'll wear the title. I'll own it.
Who have been some of your favorite Janet Jackson drag queens? It's awful because I can't remember their names, but one of them was at the Baton [Show Lounge] in Chicago. This was a few years ago. And she did a wonderful job. And another was not that long ago recently in Atlanta at the Jungle. She did a wonderful job as well.
Why do you think they do a good Janet? What's a good Janet drag queen? They really study you. They truly study you. But you know, they pour it on more, which I absolutely love. They give more than I do and I love that. The first time I went to the Baton in Chicago and saw this show, I was with some of my [female] dancers. Afterward, I said to my dancers, "We've gotta pull up because these bitches are hitting it. They're giving so much femininity and we look like boys onstage." The next night we had a show and we were trying our hardest to ooze with that feminine touch.
So Janet wants to be a Janet drag queen? [Laughs.] When [late makeup artist] Kevyn Aucoin was around, I used to say it would be really fun to do a whole editorial spread in a magazine with me as a drag queen, completely from head to toe. I would love to do that.
You've said it doesn't bother you if someone says you're gay or bisexual. So if you were, who would be your top three girl crushes? I don't know if I have three. I think I would pick Alicia Keys, for sure. I think she's wonderful.
Why does it seem that strong women like yourself, Oprah and Alicia always get the lesbian rumors? Maybe because it's just that we're strong women. I don't know. Maybe they want to put something else behind it because of the strength. Like, you can't be a woman and be strong, and there has to be something else to it.
Do you remember the first time someone told you there are rumors out there that you're gay? I don't remember the first time, but it's been forever. Someone once said to me, "Doesn't that bother you?" And I was like, Why should it bother me?
What would you do if your boyfriend came home one day and said, "Honey, I've got something to tell you-I'm gay"? I'd be upset because I want to be with him [Laughs.]. It's so funny because I joke with him that it drives me crazy to be a girl sometimes, so in my next life I'm going to come back as a guy and [he's] going to be my bitch. But if he liked guys, I would be crushed because I would want to be with him.
The AIDS epidemic started and then we were at the height of it when you started to hit the big time with albums like Rhythm Nation and Control. Do you remember when you first heard about the disease? Was it when you started losing friends? I lost a lot of friends. Friends from the show Fame who I had danced with, some of the kids from Nasty, some of the kids who danced with my brothers who I knew. Makeup artists. I lost a lot of friends to AIDS and one who I absolutely adored so much. His name was Jose, and we worked a lot together in Europe. He would put these eyelashes on me that he would make from real hair. His sister would cut her hair so he could make these eyelashes. They were the most beautiful things. He was so much fun to be with. I had heard he was sick and he was passing, and it was just so sad. It's so sad.
Did you get to talk to him before he passed? I didn't. It was too late. I didn't have the opportunity to. That part really hurts, when you're trying to reach someone before.
Do you remember being scared? Yeah, because no one knew. No one knew exactly what it was. No one knew anything about the disease. I do remember being fearful of how you contract it. And then Magic [Johnson] got it. That's when I think everyone was starting to get fearful-that it could be a heterosexual thing. They wanted to believe it was only something gay people got; that it can't touch them. Suddenly, everyone was frightened.
Even though it's gotten better, there's now a young generation that doesn't seem to get it. There are young gay men who don't see HIV and AIDS as a threat. Yes, they're being a little too-and I am not going to be mild about it-careless. And now there's the whole drug scene with crystal meth...I hear it gives you this high that makes you want to have sex and not use anything. It's scary.
You've been one of those people who have lived a pretty clean life. And that's not an easy thing to do in Hollywood. How have you done it? It's the people you surround yourself with, it's who your circle of friends are. And I was raised a certain way, so that definitely helped. But still, once you become an adult and you get some fame under your belt, people want to go crazy. But it's really who you surround yourself with. When I moved away from home, I kept that with me-being grounded and all that my parents did to keep us grounded. It's still with me today. I'm very fortunate. But I know people who have fallen victim to addiction, and I've tried to help them.
Really? What have you done to help? I just had a friend recently who is in the fashion industry and he called me and said, "I need help." I gave him every resource that I knew of and everything fell in place. He was so fortunate. God was really with him. He needed someone to travel with him all the time because he jumps around to Europe, over to the Middle East and everywhere. Thank god, I was able to get someone to travel with him and get him to [12-step] meetings and still do his business. I said, "You have to change your circle of friends." That's also what the person I got him with told him. And he's doing good. He's doing very well. I'm really proud of him.
Let's talk about gay marriage... I think it should be legalized. I think it's about finding your soul mate. It's finding that person you connect with. But most people don't get it right. Look at me! The thing is, I don't know if I ever will or won't get married again. I'm very happy where I am. I just think I jinx marriages, but that's not going to stop me from loving.
You appeared in a PSA to combat hate crimes that was produced after 15-year-old Lawrence King was murdered in February because he was gay. Why was that so important to you? That broke my heart. He was finally coming into his own and being himself and being OK with who he was. He was feeling good about that and not living in this shell and pretending to be someone else. He was letting all of that go and saying, "This is me." But being murdered for being who you are, for being real-we were crushed by that.
Have you decided who you are going to support in the presidential election? I kind of have an idea, but I am going to keep that to myself. I really haven't for sure said, This is it. I'm swaying definitely one way more than the other.
When are we going to see Janet on Broadway? That's always been a dream of mine. I would love to do a musical.
Do you have a dream role? I don't know. I just want to do a musical that touches on everything-something that's funny and dramatic, but definitely a musical.
Well, Janet, that would seal the deal. Do a Broadway musical and you'll be a gay icon more than ever. [Laughs.] That's always been a dream of mine since I was a kid.
The following list represents Janet's positions on all of the Billboard charts for the week ending April 26, 2008.
Discipline: The Billboard 200: 45 to 62 Billboard Comprehensive Albums: 48 to 66 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: 16 to 21
"Can't B Good": Hot Adult R&B Airplay: drops out
"Luv": Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: 80 to 86 Hot Adult R&B Airplay: 20 to 19*
"Feedback": Hot 100: 70 to 82 Hot Singles Sales: 21 to 23 Pop 100: 56 to 70 Hot Digital Tracks: drops out Hot Digital Songs: 39 to 59 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: 69 to 71 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: 68 to 71 Hot Adult R&B Airplay: 36 to 33* Hot Dance Club Play: 10 to 20 Hot Dance Airplay: 15 to 18 Hot Canadian Digital Singles: 25 to 33 Canadian Hot 100: 36 to 43
Janet is one of several celebrities who has joined a campaign urging the Miami Seaquarium to release a 7,000-pound, 40-year-old killer whale named Lolita.
Hollywood producer Raul Julia-Levy tells MSNBC.com in an interview that he started the campaign because the whale was being forced to live in "barbaric" conditions which are expected to cut her life expectancy in half.
Some of the other celebrities who have lent their names to the campaign include Elton John, Johnny Depp, Lindsay Lohan, 50 Cent, Harrison Ford, and Placido Domingo.
Jermaine Dupri has told People.com in an interview today that Janet is fully recovered after her recent illness:
"She's 100-percent better now," says Dupri. "She was really sick. She had bronchitis." But the singer is back on track: "She's in Japan right now. She's better and doing all the promotion that she didn't get to do because she was sick when the album launched."
The following list represents Janet's positions on all of the Billboard charts for the week ending April 19, 2008.
Discipline: The Billboard 200: 30 to 45 Billboard Comprehensive Albums: 32 to 48 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: 15 to 16
"Can't B Good": Hot Adult R&B Airplay: re-enters at 37*
"Luv": Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: 71 to 80 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: drops out Hot Adult R&B Airplay: 19 to 20
"Feedback": Hot 100: 71 to 70 Hot Singles Sales: 16 to 21 Pop 100: 55 to 56 Hot Digital Tracks: 48 to 41 Hot Digital Songs: 45 to 39* Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: re-enters at 69* Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: re-enters at 68* Hot Adult R&B Airplay: re-enters at 36* Hot Dance Club Play: 8 to 10 Hot Dance Airplay: 16 to 15 Hot Dance Singles Sales: drops out Hot Canadian Digital Singles: 22 to 25 Canadian Hot 100: 27 to 36
Janet has never publicy stated whether or not she actually ever dated him. The autobiography, Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But, is due in stores next month.
UPDATE:The YBF has this exclusive quote about Janet from Brown's autobiography:
"The way our relationship ended kind of broke my heart. I was telling her that I loved her and wanted her to leave the guy she was with at the time. She told me she couldn't and that her family wouldn't allow her to be with a black man. This really shocked me so I backed off."
The following list represents Janet's positions on all of the Billboard charts for the week ending April 12, 2008.
Discipline: The Billboard 200: 17 to 30 Billboard Comprehensive Albums: 18 to 32 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: 7 to 15
"Can't B Good": Hot Adult R&B Airplay: drops out
"Luv": Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: 59 to 71 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: 59 to 71 Hot Adult R&B Airplay: 23 to 19*
"Feedback": Hot 100: 60 to 71 Hot Singles Sales: 11 to 16 Pop 100: 49 to 55 Hot Digital Tracks: 33 to 48 Hot Digital Songs: 34 to 45 Hot Dance Club Play: 5 to 8 Hot Dance Airplay: 12 to 16 Hot Dance Singles Sales: re-enters at 10* Hot Canadian Digital Singles: 10 to 22 Canadian Hot 100: 14 to 27
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced through a press release that talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will present Janet with the previously announced Vanguard Award at a ceremony to be held later this month.
"We are delighted to honor Janet Jackson at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles as such a visible, welcoming and inclusive ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "Ms. Jackson has a tremendous following inside the LGBT community and out, and having her stand with us against the defamation that LGBT people still face in our country is extremely significant."
Giuliano added, "We are also thrilled that Ellen DeGeneres, a former GLAAD Media Award honoree, will present the Vanguard Award to Ms. Jackson. Any time a media legend like Ms. DeGeneres wants to share in our celebration of fair, accurate and inclusive media representation, we are honored to have her."
"I have received a number of awards throughout my career but I am so proud to be receiving the Vanguard Award from GLAAD," said Jackson. "Since it's inception in 1985, GLAAD has taken the lead in making sure that people will no longer be judged by their gender identity or sexual orientation. I applaud them for their continued work and thank them for this honor from the bottom of my heart."
The Vanguard Award is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Past recipients include Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, Eric McCormack, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli and Whoopi Goldberg.
Janet Jackson has been a long-time ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In 1997, the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum applauded her use of sexual orientation themes in her top-selling album, The Velvet Rope, which received the award for Outstanding Music Album at the 9th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Jackson has also been awarded for her work with AIDS activism by the AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Human Rights Campaign.
The ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Portions of the ceremony, which is one of four to be held across the country, will air at a later date on Bravo.