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Janet cuts ‘Discipline’ because of Michigan simulated sex law

Janet cut a segment of her show in Detroit last night due to Michigan state law. The law, which prohibits simulated sex acts in a performance space, saw Janet remove the songs Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun), Any Time, Any Place and Discipline.

A photo of Janet performing Pleasure Principle at last night’s show can be seen below.

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Over 200 tour photos now in the gallery

You can now view over 200 photos from Janet´s Los Angeles show in the Janet Love Gallery. The photos show all of Janet´s costume changes plus the moment when Janet picks a member of the audience to bring up on stage during her song Discipline.

Also, if you have any photos of any of Janet´s tour dates don´t forget you can add them on Janet Fans now – the rapidly growing online social networking community for Janet fans worldwide.

See many more photos in the Janet Love Gallery.


Janet confirms no further singles to be released from ‘Discipline’

In an interview with the Washington Blade, Janet has confirmed that no further singles will be released from the Discipline album. She also says that a rumoured setlist released on Perez Hilton’s website was a very early version and not the one that will be used in the show.

Janet Jackson to kick off world tour
Gay icon promises all the hits, lots of dance
By KEVIN NAFF, Washington Blade | Sep 4, 3:50 PM

Janet Jackson will kick off her long-awaited “Rock Witchu Tour” Sept. 10 in Vancouver, her first tour in more than seven years. Jackson talked to the Blade today about what fans can expect.

“This show is for the fans,” she said, adding that she will perform about 30 tracks during the two-hour show. “It’s a nice mix from ‘Discipline’ and all the other albums.”

She noted that the show is focused on dance tracks and that she hopes to give concertgoers an escape from their problems, citing the current state of the economy.

“It’s a big show,” she said, “a completely different show. It’s very much upbeat. The kids say it shouldn’t be called the ‘Rock Witchu Tour,’ it should be called the ‘History of Janet Tour.'”

As for the vibe and style of the set, Jackson said she’s intrigued by the future so the set design will incorporate futuristic elements. Her costumes will be more elaborate than in the past.

So far, 24 North American dates have been announced, but Jackson said that more U.S. dates will be announced soon and that she’s in talks to take the tour all over the world, including possibly Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia and the Middle East.

The show will be recorded, she said, possibly for a television broadcast, then later packaged with older tours and material for sale. Specifically, she mentioned that her 1990 “Rhythm Nation Tour” was recorded in High Definition, but never released to the public.

“When I did ‘Rhythm Nation’ in Japan, I recorded the show in HD back then and they were trying to explain to me what HD was – that was 1990,” she said. “I’m assuming I was the first person to do this in concert. It trips me out to see HD catch on so many years later. We’re trying to put a nice package together for the fans.”

Jackson urged fans not to believe online rumors about her set list. One purported list leaked by blogger Perez Hilton was a very early version and “not the final list,” she said.

LL Cool J will open the show in select cities and Jackson praised him as an “icon in his own right.”

“He’s legendary when it comes to what he does,” she said. “He has a great body of work and I love his new single; he’s an entertainer. I wanted someone else who could really entertain the people and he’s a sweet guy.”

Her last album “Discipline” opened at No. 1 and generated two singles, “Feedback” and “Rock With You,” but a reported dispute with record label Island Def Jam brought a halt to promotions for the project. Jackson said she wasn’t sure if she would work with IDJ again, but confirmed there will be no further singles released from the album. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a new Janet single in the near future.

“I may just cut something new and throw it out there while I’m on the road,” she said.

And which acts does Janet like to see perform live? She cites Prince, The Time and Jill Scott as her favorites, as well as her brothers.

“Jill Scott puts on such a beautiful show and it was very inspirational to me,” she said.

The “Rock Witchu Tour” marks a long-stalled return to touring. Jackson said she was in rehearsals for a tour two years ago in Atlanta while filming Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married,” but that IDJ asked her to postpone it and record a new album, which she did.

“We were so excited to go out last time,” she said. “The kids were so excited, it was sad – we had our crying session.”

This time around, however, everything fell into place and Jackson said she’s developed a close-knit relationship with the “kids” (her dancers) and the rest of the team responsible for the show.

“I’m very family-oriented so there’s that connection that has to be there first,” Jackson said. “There’s such a wonderful group of people. Every tour I’ve done the group has gotten better and better. This is the closest group I’ve ever had.”


Janet speaks to Billboard about the tour

Janet spoke to to promote her upcoming tour and also cited possible problems with her existing label Island Def Jam:

Label Deal In Doubt, Jackson Hits The Road
Janet Jackson Dissatisfied With New Album Promo

September 04, 2008, 3:50 PM ET
Gary Graff, Detroit

After the disappointing showing of her latest album, “Discipline,” Janet Jackson is again raising questions about her relationship with Island Def Jam.

“I can’t say if we’ll be working with them in the future,” Jackson said today (Sept. 4) during a conference call with reporters to promote her upcoming Rock Witchu Tour. “I don’t know what the future holds between the two of us.”

She did not elaborate on her comment, which echoes remarks she made to in June about the performance of the album.

“Discipline” was Jackson’s first for Island Def Jam after leaving Virgin Records; she says she even agreed to scratch a tour for 2006’s “20 Y.O.” at the label’s wishes in order to record it. Executive produced by Jackson and her boyfriend, Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri, the album debuted at No. 1 in March with 181,000 copies sold. It’s shiftedNielsen SoundScan, and spent just 14 weeks on The Billboard 200.

Jackson was upbeat about the tour, however, which kicks off Wednesday in Vancouver. She described it as a “two hours of dance” on a stage set that has “a taste of … the future.” The repertoire will span her career and, according to Jackson, was drawn from requests made on her call-in line for fans.

“This show is all for the fans,” Jackson told during the call. “They tell me what they’d like to hear, what they’d like to see, what they want. And this is what I’m trying to give them.”

Jackson said fans will also get their wish for some more visual product from her as well. “We’ve been talking about something for TV, also a DVD,” she confirmed, the latter of which may include “past stuff I’ve done that wasn’t previously released,” including possibly a Japanese TV performance that was filmed in High Definition during the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour in 1990. “Just a nice package for the fans,” Jackson explained. “They’ve been asking for it for so long, and they truly deserve it.”

Jackson said that she “definitely” intends to keep the Rock Witchu Tour going beyond its current Oct. 22 wrap in Dallas, with more U.S. dates and legs that are currently being discussed for Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia and “some parts of the Middle East. It hasn’t been etched in stone. It’s still being put together. People will hear about it in a little while.”

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Janet launches Pleasure Principle lingerie line

Janet’s latest lingerie line will be called Pleasure Principle and released in stores by the end of the year or early 2009. Co-designed with Australian lingerie designer Bruno Schiavi, they will come in a range of sizes: 32A to 44G.

The stores that will carry the line in the U.S. are yet to be revealed with plans for it to follow into European, Australian and Asian stores in the future.

There are also plans for Janet to expand into other clothing lines in the future.

Janet Jackson’s latest release isn’t from this year’s “Discipline” album — it’s her lingerie line, Pleasure Principle.
The legendary hip-hop and R&B diva teamed with Bruno Schiavi, the Australian lingerie designer behind Dr. Rey’s Shapewear line (named for “Dr. 90210” fixture Dr. Robert Rey), for her debut fashion duet. The 18-piece line is named after the hit single from Jackson’s 1986 multiplatinum album “Control,” is designed to be comfortable for a range of sizes — 32A to 44G, and is crafted of mostly satin and lace.
Items will be manufactured in China and will be in department stores by late this year or early 2009. Jackson and Schiavi are currently in negotiations with major chains to carry the line; U.S. stores will be revealed in coming months, with releases in Australia, Japan and Europe to follow.
Jackson said the combination of beauty and comfort was the primary driver for the designs, though affordability was also paramount. Price points for the bra and underwear pieces are all under $40.
“I hate when you’ve had on a bra all day long and you just can’t wait to take it off — every woman has experienced that,” she said. “A lot of lingerie tends to leave those marks and be uncomfortable. This line is about detail, fit and comfort as well as beauty and making women feel sexy.”
This is the first time in her long career that Jackson has undertaken an apparel line of any sort, though she is a fan of Alexander McQueen — she came out to help fete the opening of his Los Angeles store this spring — and Versace, whose show she attended in June. Her innerwear collection will be expanded in the future, plus Schiavi and Jackson are already at work on additional lines and collaborations, including plans to extend beyond lingerie in 2009.
“In order for me to do something I have to be very passionate about it or I won’t give it my all,” she said. “I had so much fun designing this.”
Jackson, who next month is embarking on her first North American concert tour in seven years, said the line developed quickly, though since she’s preparing for her tour, and Schiavi splits time between Los Angeles and Australia, the pair had to squeeze in design sessions whenever they could — even during dance rehearsals or over the phone in the middle of the night.
“It’s 3 a.m., Janet’s in Paris and I’m in Australia and we’re on the phone talking about the line,” said Schiavi.
“I eat lunch at the same time every day, so we’d do a lot of work during my lunch time when Bruno would come down to rehearsals,” Jackson added.
The singer first unveiled plans for the line in June at the Versace men’s wear show in Milan in June, right around the time Jackson and longtime boyfriend, record producer Jermaine Dupri, said they’re planning to start a family after the latest tour ends.
Jackson said the lingerie line is “definitely” a good jumping-off point for future fashion endeavors.
“It’s something for every woman, and I truly do mean that. It makes you feel sexy,” she said.
And presumably there will be no wardrobe malfunctions.
Courtesy of WWD

IDJ release statement regarding ‘Discipline’

Island Def Jam have released a statement regarding the promotion of Discipline to Billboard magazine in response to Janet’s recent comments on the SOHH blog.

“Unfortunately we haven’t experienced the results we would have liked with this new album. But we respect and support Janet.”

The Billboard article does, however, confuse Janet’s comments about being unable to visit Europe on her promotional tour as her saying that she will not be bringing the Rock Witchu Tour to the continent. Island Def Jam responded saying that the label “has nothing to do with Janet’s tour”. Indeed Island Def Jam is in no way linked to the upcoming tour and Janet’s comments about not coming to Europe were not related to the Live Nation Rock Witchu Tour.

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‘Rock With U’ tour to start in Vancouver, Ellen performances

As we announced first last week, Janet made a very special announcement on today’s episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Janet told fans that she will be starting her tour in Vancouver on September 10th this year. In addition, she also announced that fans can help choose the songs they would like to see performed in the show by calling (323) 622-8139 with their suggestions.

Janet performed LUV and Rhythm Nation on the show as well and you can watch them both below:

Rhythm Nation




Janet speaks to New York Times

In a new interview with Gary Graff for the New York Times syndicate, Janet speaks about Discipline, her love of touring and much more. Read the article below:

Janet Jackson finds freedom in ‘Discipline’

By Gary Graff
The New York Times Syndicate
Contrary to its ominous title, Janet Jackson thinks that her latest album, “Discipline,” captures the lighthearted flavor of where she is in her life these days.

“This album is very up,” she says. “It’s very dance, It’s very hopping, it’s very feel-good. And it has some moments of some thought-provoking things … but, still, it’s a very nice mood.

“I think it’s a fun album.”

And fun is something that Jackson says she has recaptured after some trying times in recent years.

Now four years removed from “nipplegate,” the Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” fiasco that effectively harpooned the commercial prospects of her next two albums, “Damita Jo” (2004) and “20 Y.O.” (2006), she’s also more than four years into a relationship with producer / songwriter / record-company executive Jermaine Dupri after two sensationalized, initially secret marriages, to fellow singer James DeBarge in 1984 and to Rene Elizondo from 1991 to 2003.

All these positive developments, she hopes, are conveyed on “Discipline.”

“It plays an important role,” says the 41-year-old Jackson, who has sold more than 100 million albums since her self-titled debut in 1982. “I’ve always been the kind of artist that sings about life experience and where I am at that very moment of my life, from ‘Control’ (1986) on. So once again your (music) really reflects where you are in your life.

“And if I was in a funky, very down space,” she says, “that’s what I would probably be searching for musically. But this time it’s really just the opposite.”

Fans have certainly responded to that good feeling. “Discipline” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after its release in late February, marking the sixth chart-topper of her career and her first No. 1 debut in seven years. The first single, “Feedback,” made her best chart showing since “Someone To Call My Lover” (2001).

“Damita Jo” and “20 Y.O.” each debuted at No. 2, but ironically each sold better in its first week than “Discipline” did. Jackson isn’t letting that fact, which reflects an industrywide sales decline, rain on her parade. She’s simply happy to have a No. 1 hit.

“It’s always a thrill,” she says, “and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. It’s always exciting.”

“Discipline” marks another major change in the musical life of Jackson, who as the youngest member of the famed Jackson clan initially came to prominence as an actress on the television shows “Good Times” (1977-1979) and “Diff’rent Strokes” (1980-1984): She and Dupri have fled Virgin Records, her home for her past five albums, in favor of Island Def Jam, and she credits the new label for the album’s initial success.

“I think the energy you feel really is the new label and having the support of the whole company,” she says, “vs. the support of only half the company for the last two projects.”

There were extensive personnel changes at Virgin, Jackson explains, and she felt that her place at the label had changed.

“We just didn’t see eye to eye anymore,” she says. “It wasn’t my family anymore. Before I knew it, everyone was gone except for one person, and that’s when things started to change. And then my contract was up, and I went to Island and finally got support from the entire record label. There’s a family atmosphere there that feels like Virgin in my beginning years with them.”

Island was so excited to land Jackson that company executives asked her to return to the recording studio immediately, even though she was in “full-blown tour mode,” rehearsing to support “20 Y.O.” The quick decision to move forward caught her without any songs of her own ready to go, so for the first time since “Dream Street” (1984) Jackson has released an album without any of her own songs.

“It was very different for me,” she admits, “but I was OK with that. I’m not the kind of person that has to (write) just so that my name is seen somewhere. If it’s great, then it’s great. If it’s great without me, that’s totally fine. I just want to put the best thing I can forward.”

Once word got out that Jackson was returning to the studio, there was no shortage of material for her and Dupri to consider.

“I just started listening to stuff that people had written for me,” the singer says, “and I started liking things, and those were the things that I picked and that’s how I first started recording this album.

“(A song) just had to have a life connection to myself, something I could relate to in some sort of way,” Jackson says, “or else I didn’t want to do it. I’ve heard songs that were written for me that were given to other artists and were hits for those other artists, and I could hear that they were hit songs, but I couldn’t relate to it.”

Her primary creative goal for “Discipline,” she says, was to create something that was “all about classic me but with a modern twist to it.” She also wanted something with a beat.

“I missed dancing, so it was about getting back in the dance,” Jackson says. “But you still get a feel for a couple of midtempos and slow stuff, and even what everybody calls the ‘baby-making songs.’ But it’s still classic me.”

Part of that “life connection” Jackson sought surfaces in the title song, a pillow-talking track on which she coos about an affinity for sexual sadomasochism, singing “I misbehaved/and my punishment should fit my crime.”

It’s not the first time she has touched on the topic, including previous songs such as “Someday Is Tonight” (1989), “Any Time, Any Place” (1993), “Rope Burn” (1997) and “Would You Mind?” (2001), Jackson points out, so she’s a bit surprised that “a lot of people seem to be focusing on, ‘Oh, this is … wow!’”

“It’s not something that I haven’t done before,” she says. “It’s very sensual and it’s, like it says, wanting to be disciplined by that person you’re really feeling or in love with. It shocks me that people are taken aback because, like, the whole ‘Janet’ (1993) album was really about being liberated and coming more into my womanhood … so I don’t know why they’re paying more attention to it now.

“If they want to call me freaky,” she says, “then so be it. I guess I’ve been that way since the beginning.”

Then again, being part of the Jackson family and particularly being Michael’s younger sister, “freaky” is one of the more polite terms she hears from time to time.

“People pay very close attention to my family,” Jackson says, “and I guess there’s a pro and a con to that. There’s always that scrutiny. I’ve seen other people get it. I don’t know if they’ve gotten it as strongly as my family has, but it is what it is.”

Jackson will be putting herself out to be looked at this fall when she launches a world tour in support of “Discipline.” The tour, which Jackson promises will be “big, it’s always been big,” will kick off in North America in mid-September and move on to territories such as Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe.

“It’s been seven years,” Jackson says, “and I have missed it. It means a great deal to me. When I’m creating music or singing the music (in the studio), I think about the stage performance. I think about the tour. The idea starts that early on for me.

“And I love being able to see the sea of faces, to have that connection, to feel that love,” she says. “That’s exciting for me.”

Jackson also plans to publish a book about her struggle with weight issues and about “being an emotional eater,” co-written with nutritionist David Allen, that she hopes to have out by the end of the year.


Janet to play Boston on October 1st

According to Ticketmaster, Janet is scheduled to play Boston on October 1st this year. No further information has been released as to support acts or when the show will go on sale.


Janet set to visit Japan, April 9-12

According to an article posted on, Janet is set to visit Japan between April 9th and April 12th to promote her album Discipline. Janet, who last visited Japan in October 2006, said: “I love Japan so much because it never bores me. I want to visit KiddyLand, sushi restaurants and clubs with my friends.”