Janet Jackson Answers Fan-Submitted Questions
Posted Nov 30th 2010 4:15PM by BoomBox Staff
Devoted Janet Jackson fans delivered when TheBoomBox.com called on them to ask the superstar singer questions about her busy and accomplished life, which includes a new 'Number Ones' album, movies such as 'For Colored Girls,' a forthcoming book, 'True You' and her biggest world tour yet. The 'Nothing' songstress will rely on her supporters to choose the 35 cities, across the globe, that she'll perform in during 2011. Fans can vote on their preferred city and map out the schedule at her official website, JanetJackson.com.
Since tour announcement on Nov. 19, Janet's loyal followers have asked the veteran entertainer everything from her favorite acting role to the new artist she yearns to work with. She even reveals what advice she would give herself during her days on the come-up. Check out the 16 questions Ms. Jackson answered in detail after the jump.
Your music inspires people in many ways, but who inspires you and how have they inspired you? (via @scoop_1972)
Growing up, I was inspired by jazz, bossa nova and artists like Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. With bossa nova, it is the rhythms. The mood and tone put me in such a euphoric state that I fell in love with it. With jazz, the moodiness of it I found very sexy. The beat can be so rhythmic. I love the drums.
With the ever-changing canvas of pop artists, are there any that you would truly like to work with? (via @DJ3DDP)
There are so many I couldn't possibly name them all, but I really like Bruno Mars.
What has been your favorite acting role to date, and why? (via @LezCity)
That is like asking me to pick my favorite niece or nephew. I have enjoyed each role. The characters are fun to get to know, and I have met so many incredible people along the way. Every time I get to breath life into a character, I have so much fun. From Penny on 'Good Times' to Jo in 'For Colored Girls,' I have had a great time. Acting was always what I thought I would do, so it is nice to get back to it.
Since you have been focused on acting, why have you decided to tour at this time? (via @traymon45)
I love performing for the fans. When you are in the studio recording a CD or filming a movie it's not the same ... There is so much energy when you are on stage and it is nice to give that joy to the fans.
How will this tour be different from the rest, and how will this be your biggest tour ever? (via @raylo85)
I was performing at Radio City in New York and I had such a good time being up close and personal with the audience so I decided to pick more intimate locations for this tour. I am excited to see where the fans will ask for me to go. I have been spending a lot of time in Europe this year and fans were camping outside my hotel. Whenever I would leave, they would ask me when I am going to perform in specific cities. That gave me the idea to ask them to vote on where they would like to see me go. The response has been amazing. People have asked me to go all over -- Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Shanghai, London, Sydney ... everywhere. This will be my largest tour because we are planning on visiting every continent.
What three songs do you like performing the most? (via Merrie Nance)
It can tend to change, but at the moment, the three I really enjoy are 'Together Again,' 'Discipline' and 'Control.'
Do you plan on releasing a DVD of this tour or a TV special for fans who can't afford concert tickets? (via @BtVSnSMGrule)
I am not planning a DVD or [TV] special at this time, but it's a good idea.
Janet, what do you think of releasing a CD with unreleased songs? A nice box set with the best unreleased recordings would be so amazing! (via Achilles Hartsteen)
That is a cool idea. I am working on a box set with Universal Music right now. Maybe we will add some of the songs that people are not as familiar with.
Dear Janet -- when you wake up, what's the one thing you look forward to most? And what keeps you going throughout the day? (via @tharryt)
My morning prayer ... I love life. Every day is an adventure and I can't wait to dream up new things to do. When I was interviewed about being named the newest legend for Blackglama, all I could think of was that I have so much more to do. Having fun with work and of course friends and family keep me energized.
Everyone is talking about how they would love a 'Glee' episode full of your music. How do you feel about that? (via @thatdarrell)
'Glee' is a great show. Everyone that works on it is so talented. I think it would be funny to see Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester, sing 'Control.'
Janet, in recent interviews you mentioned that you are thinking about heading back into the studio to record some new material. What creative mood are you feeling for the new material as of now? (via Matt Walker)
I don't know yet. I just finished writing my book 'True You,' which comes out in February and with finishing 'Why Did I Get Married Too' and 'For Colored Girls,' along with planning the tour, I haven't been able to spend much time on that yet. I am going to wait until I go into the studio. I'll see what I am feeling at that time and be motivated by what is going on.
What is it that inspires you to write a fun song, like 'Black Cat' or 'Escapade'? What do you think about when you write songs like that? (via Marietta Nicole Vaughn)
Do you see yourself in the vein of Tina Turner and touring well into your 60s? (via @Chazz4you)
I don't know. I will have to address that when I get there.
What is the one thing you wish to accomplish but haven't as of yet? (via Gabriel Green)
There is so much, but one thing I will share with you is that I would love to be in a show on Broadway one day. It is a whole different type of discipline and I would like to experience that.
With everything you have going on and different projects, would you ever consider designing your own clothes, or becoming a fashion designer? (via Chatal L'Oreal Carter)
I love fashion and have so many friends in that field that are so talented -- Donatella Versace, Haider Ackermann, Alber Elbaz at Lanvin and Todd Lynn. I have always loved creating my costumes on tour. It would be fun to work on a line of clothing.
What advice would you give the Janet Jackson of the past? What would you do differently? (via @traymon45)
Fasten your seat belt, it's going to be a bumpy ride.
Janet Jackson is featured on the cover of the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Instinct Magazine.
The magazine, which is geared toward gay men, sent out the following e-mail to its subscribers this morning along with an image of the upcoming issue:
We're wrapping up the year as only Instinct can, and we're starting things off on a very high note with our exclusive sit down with one of the gay community's fiercest allies (and fiercest divas), Janet Jackson! After three decades of dominating the music world, Ms. Jackson made 2010 the year to really flex her acting muscles—and flex she did!
In "The Quite Power Of A Drama Queen," Janet talks candidly with Instinct's editor in chief Mike Wood about her pair of emotionally charged roles this year, adding "author" to her multi-hyphenate talents and also clues us in on how she sees music fitting in with her growing and critically acclaimed acting career. And of course, being only the fourth female in 13-years to get her own Instinct cover, Janet also opens up about that long-standing connection to the gay community, as well as her commitment to HIV/AIDS advocacy.
As we all mark World AIDS Day, Instinct also examines the confusion surrounding "undetectable" statuses, as well as the medical advances in treatments that have occurred in 2010. Plus, Gay Travel News takes on two very different types of Santas this winter: Santa Fe and Santa Cruz. We also bundle up and head into the woods for our winter fashion feature, "River's Edge." And in Instinct tradition, we also roast the people and moments that made this year one for the record books in our annual "Best & Worst" round-up, plus we've got your shopping covered with our "HoliGay Gift Guide" highlighting our favorite tech, decor and more.
All this, plus a chat with our favorite TV dad, a diva Christmas battle and our exciting announcement of the 2011 AIDS LifeCycle Team Instinct in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Instinct Magazine—now available in print and in iPad and iPhone versions.
Editor in chief Mike Wood is available to answer questions and to dispense exclusive photos from the December/January cover and fashion shoots.
The following list represents Janet's positions on all of the Billboard charts for the week ending December 4, 2010.
Janet's greatest hits album Icon: Janet Jackson: Number Ones falls off of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart because it appears that Billboard has reduced the number of entries on the chart from 100 spots down to 75. During the prior week, the album was at No. 86.
With that, Janet does not appear on any other Billboard charts. These Billboard updates will continue on J|X the next time Janet appears on the charts.
Icon: Janet Jackson: Number Ones:
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: drops out
Janet Jackson announced through a video message this afternoon on AOL's The Boombox that she will be launching her "largest ever world tour" in 2011 in support of her greatest hits album, Number Ones.
Fans will have the opportunity to suggest which cities they want Janet to perform in through her official website, JanetJackson.com.
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, The Boombox will post an exclusive Q&A with Janet featuring questions submitted by her loyal followers. Fans are encouraged to submit questions about her recent turn in movies, book and music to @theboomboxblog on Twitter and The BoomBox on Facebook, of which fifteen will be chosen.
With a staggering 15 No. 1 singles on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Janet Jackson owns the most toppers on the tally in the past 25 years. Only R. Kelly and Usher, with 11 each, come close to the diva in that span of time. (Even Jackson's superstar older brother Michael trails, with just eight in that span of time.) Between the years of 1985 and 2001, Janet Jackson was an unstoppable force on the charts, landing more top 10s than any other act: 27. Going further, from 1985 through 2004, Jackson amassed 33 consecutive top 40 hits, beginning with the No. 40-peaking "Fast Girls" through the No. 18 hit "I Want You."
The tally is based on actual performance on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts from Jan. 5, 1985, issue to the charts dated Nov. 6, 2010. Artists were ranked based on an inverse point system (which just means that who ever spent the most weeks at No. 1 earned greater value than those that spent most time at the lower end of the chart).
In addition, the tracklisting for the set has also been revealed. Both the CD and DVD have the same tracklisting:
1. No One - Alicia Keys
2. Rock The Bells - LL Cool J
3. Knock You Down - Keri Hilson
4. Electric Slide - Earth Wide And Fire
5. Hate On Me - Jill Scott
6. Rhythm Nation - Janet Jackson
7. Love That Girl - Raphael Saadiq
8. Party Train - Charlie Wilson
9. Everything To Me - Monica
10. Neighbors Know My Name - Trey Songz
11. Diary - Alicia Keys
12. No More Drama - Mary J. Blige
Janet has posted a couple of photos from yesterday's taping of "The Tonight Show" onto her official twitter account, including one of her with "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and another with "Tonight Show" correspondent Bryan:
Janet Jackson is scheduled to premiere on TBS's late-night talk show "Lopez Tonight" on Monday, November 8, according to the TV listings at Zap2it.com.
The show, hosted by comedian George Lopez, airs at midnight on Monday night on TBS. This will be the first time Janet has appeared on the show. It will also be the first time the show airs in its new midnight time slot.