When a colleague found out that I went to Janet Jackson’s concert the first question he asked was “So are there any wardrobe malfunctioned?” The artist has become synonymous with the word after that unfortunate incident but minus all the past brouhaha, pyrotechnics and special effects Janet Jackson’s Number Ones, Up Close and Personal world tour concert was just pure talent.
I don’t consider myself a ‘fan’ but after watching her performed live I think I converted into one. At the age of 44 she can still bust those moves the way I remembered her, growing up watching her (Rhythm Nation) videos. The show holds true to the promise in a press release when giving more infos on the personal tour read: “This tour is Janet more revealed, more intimate, and more personal than ever before. Don’t look for special effects. Just listen to and look at Janet, as you have never seen her before.”
I was fortunate that I was in one of the cities she visited; Singapore banned her 1997 album The Velvet Rope for tracks such as “Free Xone”, “Tonight’s The Night”, and “What About” which explored homosexuality and domestic violence. Jackson tells Singapore publication The New Paper that she “isn’t a grudge holder”. In an e-mail interview with The New Paper, the 44-year-old singer-actress – and now author – said she was looking forward to returning to Singapore after last performing here during her Janet tour in 1995. “I remember how wonderful everyone was,” she wrote.
The concert was one big party she was throwing us hits after hits of nonstop music, the last time I have seen the crowd of Singapore Stadium off their butts and grooving was when I attended the Cold Play concert eons ago. It was money well spent plus we all got a lump on our throats when her encore performance was a tribute to her brother Michael. The big screen was showing her and Michael’s picture together as kids up to present while she’s singing ‘together again’, she actually paused from singing for a while and gestured her head up and threw a big flying kiss in the air “…in heavens we will be together baby, together again my baby” as the lyrics goes….it was so moving and a very touching ending indeed.
- Legal name” Janet Damita Jo Jackson
- Born: May 16th 1966; Gary, Indiana USA
- In December 2006, Janet admitted she had joined the mile-high club (a group of people who have had sex on an in-flight airplane) – but it was in her seat, not in a restroom.
- Janet’s right breast was “accidentally” exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004 when co-performer Justin Timberlake reached around and grabbed a detachable part of her outfit. They admit that they privately planned the move after rehearsals had ended, but still maintain that the exposure was accidental. They say that a red bra was to be revealed, not her bare breast.
- She is the only member of the famous Jackson family to ever be nominated for an Academy Award – in 1994 as co-writer of the song “Again” from Poetic Justice.  Co-starred with the late Tupac Shakur in the movie Poetic Justice
- She used to want to be a jockey when she was a little child but has been scared to ride horses since Christopher Reeve’s accident.
- Paula Abdul choreographed the video Nasty and What have you done for me lately and even appear in the video
- 1995 Janet and Michael did their first video together, “Scream”; it became the most expensive music video in the history and won a Grammy and a billboard award
- In July 2000, Jackson appeared in her second film, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, as Professor Denise Gaines, opposite Eddie Murphy. The film became her second to open at number one at the box office, grossing an estimated $42.7 million dollars in its opening weekend. Her contribution to the film’s soundtrack, “Doesn’t Really Matter”, became her ninth number one Billboard Hot 100 single