Janet Jackson will executive produce the story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Queenie – the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition, set against the backdrop of The Cotton Club. Born Stephanie St. Clair (1886–1969), Queenie (photo above) was a mob boss who ran numerous criminal enterprises in Harlem, NYC in the early part of the 20th century. She even bumped heads with the then Italian mafia, and managed to stay entirely independent. In Bill Duke’s gangland crime drama “Hoodlum” (1997) she was played by Cicely Tyson, as some of you might recall. Kenny Leon is attached to direct the film.
Live Nation says that tickets will be honored or refunds offered for Janet Jackson’s postponed concert dates.
Janet Jackson recently announced that she’s postponing dates on her Unbreakable Tour, but fans hopefully won’t have to wait too long to see her live.
Just a couple days after the singer cited plans to start a family with her husband, Wissam Al Mana, as the reason for the tour postponement, Live Nation released a statement (via Us Weekly): “The Janet Jackson Unbreakable Tour in North America will be postponed until 2017. New dates will be announced at a later time, and tickets will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at the point of purchase. Stay tuned to JanetJackson.com and LiveNation.com for further info.”
Jackson posted a link to the news article on social media, confirming the report.
“We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change. I thought it was important that you be the first to know,” Jackson had previously said in a video posted on Twitter. “My husband and I are planning our family. I’m gonna have to delay the tour. Please if you can try and understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders.”
“I can’t wait for us to get started again,” she added.
Janet Jackson on Saturday returned to the stage after a four-month hiatus for mysterious health reasons, bringing her energetic dance show to Dubai.
The pop superstar performed in the Gulf emirate as the entertainer to close the Dubai World Cup, the world’s most lucrative horse race.
She went ahead with the show following a series of cancellations which included an abrupt delay of the entire European portion of her “Unbreakable” tour.
With a troupe of choreographed dancers gliding behind her, Jackson put on a medley of hits including her classic “Control” and the more recent and funkier “All Nite (Don’t Stop).”
Jackson — whose 2004 performance at another sporting event, the Super Bowl, was marred by the exposure of her breast — left open no chance of a similar “wardrobe malfunction” in the Muslim emirate, wearing an arms-length black jumpsuit with an oversized necklace.
Jackson last year released “Unbreakable,” her first album since the death of her brother Michael Jackson in 2009, and embarked on a major tour.
But until Dubai, she had not performed since November 22 in Japan. On Christmas Eve, she announced a delay in her North American tour, saying that she needed an urgent operation.
The 49-year-old revealed no other details about her health but later issued a statement to deny speculation that she was suffering from cancer.
With her European tour off, she is not due to perform again until May 14 in Las Vegas as she resumes performances in North America.
Jackson has ties to the Gulf as she married Wissam Al Mana, a billionaire businessman from Qatar, in a private ceremony in 2012.
Her late brother moved temporarily to Bahrain at the invitation of a prince as the King of Pop tried to evade the media glare following his 2005 acquittal on child molestation charges.
Janet Jackson helped reshape the concert landscape in the late 1980s with her “Control” and “Rhythm Nation” tours, considered landmarks for their elaborate dance routines and messages of empowerment.
Janet Jackson is still rolling, taking her Unbreakable album on the road for a world tour of the same name.
Lately she’s been in Hawaii for three shows, and on Sunday night (Nov.15) at the Neil Blaisdell Concert Arena, she debuted a new song during the concert from the album called “Night,” a fun, danceable offering that’s very much so Ms. Janet’s signature sound! However, Janet didn’t dance; rather she stood in one place and exuded sexiness while delivering the song with live vocals.
No word on if the song will get a more extravagant set, but for now, enjoy the minimal live version below.
After following the doctor’s orders to rest her voice caused her to cancel a few performances while on her “Unbreakable” tour, Janet Jackson has rescheduled the canceled shows for 2016 dates.
Per Billboard, the new dates are as follows:
Jan. 9, 2016 – Denver
Feb. 14, 2016 – St. Louis
Feb. 15, 2016 – Kansas City
June 29, 2016 – Salt Lake City
Miss Jackson scored her seventh number one album after Unbreakable dropped in early October, and the tour itself will hit 47 stops next year. Here’s hoping her voice sounds even more pristine than ever!
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Janet Damita Jo Jackson returned to The Chicago Theatre after many years for three sold-out shows on Nov. 2, 3 and 6.
Her management described the venue as the smallest one on the tour so this was a rare opportunity to see her before she returns to Illinois at the large Allstate Arena on June 4, 2016. Expect a little fire and smoke in the future; for a spot this size, she was unable to shoot off some of the pyrotechnics that she did on other stops of the “Unbreakable” world tour.
While waiting through an opening-DJ set, several celebrities arrived at the iconic theater, including filmmaker George Lucas and local drag star Chilli Pepper.
It began as a hair show, as the lioness mane of hair on Janet flew through the air and even got caught in her earpiece, distracting her at one point. There were, surprisingly, no costume changes—even for the encore.
Jackson matched moves with her backup dancers and even shared the spotlight with two of the younger kids while simply singing in the background. She showed a performer doesn’t need elaborate choreography to hold power. “Rhythm Nation” dance moves were a highlight that still hold up well today.
On video, guest stars such as Missy Elliott, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar were projected on curtains and screens for their spots on duets.
This concert marked Jackson’s first tour in four years, although it felt longer to many after she disappeared overseas for a time. She has released seven studio albums and matched it to seven concert tours that have only gotten stronger over the years. At one point she sighed, “So many hits—and we are just getting started.”
She launched into her many chart-toppers, such as “All for You,” “Control,” “Escapade” and many others.
For some artists, ballads can be challenging to perform live, but not with Jackson. The focus was on her while sitting on a stool for “Again.”
She kept things moving having dance-off competitions for the backup dancers on “Throb” and “That’s the Way Love Goes.”
There was a different tempo used for the beginning of “Together Again” that sped up and had the crowd dancing. One lucky front-row spectator caught her sweaty towel after a song.
She squeezed so many of her classics that for many listeners it was a trip down memory lane for the hefty price of their tickets but well worth it.
She closed with two new songs: “Unbreakable” and the inspiring, fist-pumping “Shoulda Known Better.” It was a bit unusual to not save a major hit single for the end, but this was the Unbreakable tour and everyone seemed to just be together again with this legendary Jackson. Janet, we all missed you much.
A few fans have been floating a photo around the net recently. It’s said to be a special note Janet Jackson’s brother, Michael Jackson wrote to her years ago.
Fans have said that the VIP Access on her tour included:
From a fan who went to the show on another forum said this was also backstage:
– various certification plaques from around the world
-Some of her many awards (Grammys, VMAs, etc,)
– a huge cloth tapestry of her
– all of her previous tour books
– a grey brick from the original Jackson house
– each of her CDs as well as a lot of her cassettes and vinyls
-wardrobe from previous tours and music videos
– some of the Rhythm Nation jewelry and chains
– personal photographs with her family and various celebrities
– Poetic Justice script
– Photo outtakes from her photo shoots from over the year.
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