October 12, 2008
You have to give Janet Jackson credit for doggedly sticking to her pleasure principle after all these years. No matter how mind-numbingly banal her sexually explicit lyrics have become, no matter how tired her clothes-optional promotional campaigns have gotten, Miss Jackson-If-You're-Nasty refuses to change the musical formula she apparently believes still works for her. But recent sagging album sales may show that fans feel differently. She's not the only aging pop maverick caught in a vortex of cheesy sexed-up music and images (hello, Madonna and Mariah Carey)
February 3, 2004
Americans huddled around water coolers yesterday much as they have after 37 Super Bowls before, but they weren't talking about "the big play," or even "the best commercial." This year - on coffee breaks, in e-mails, at women's organizations and at the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission - they were focused on "the breast." Specifically, pop singer Janet Jackson's right breast - exposed when fellow performer Justin Timberlake tore off a piece of her gladiator's costume at the end of the duo's halftime performance of the song "Rock Your Body."
October 14, 1998
Rule No. 127 in the game of life: Radio DJs don't always tell the truth.Did anyone really believe pop superstar Michael Jackson, as in the brother of pop superstar Janet Jackson, was going to come to Baltimore for a radio station?Nope. A blizzard on the Fourth of July was more likely. A trip to the moon in the Popemobile would happen first. President Clinton would leave office to become a monk.However, these things must be checked out, no matter how unlikely. So, when urban music station Majic 95.9 said Michael Jackson would pick the winner of a Janet Jackson look-alike contest, we called DJ personality Sasha.
September 2, 1993
A partial list of nominees for tonight's MTV Video Music Awards:Best Video of the Year* Peter Gabriel, "Digging In the Dirt"Best Male Video* Lenny Kravitz, "Are You Gonna Go My Way"Best Female Video* Janet Jackson, "That's the Way Love Goes"Best Group Video* Depeche Mode, "I Feel You"Best Rap Video* Digable Planets, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"Best Dance Video* Janet Jackson, "That's the Way Love Goes"Best Metal/Hard Rock Video* Aerosmith, "Livin' On the Edge"Best Alternative Music Video* Nirvana, "In Bloom" (Band In Dresses Version)
November 29, 1993
LANDOVER -- Does she or doesn't she?When that question first entered the pop lexicon, it came as a query about hair coloring. But in today's post-MTV world of singing, dancing superstars -- the Janet Jacksons, Paula Abduls and Madonnas of the world -- what the phrase now asks, has to do with singing. "Does she or doesn't she use tapes instead of singing live?"Well, in the case of Janet Jackson, only her sound man knows for sure. But judging from her performance at the USAir Arena last night, it's clear that Jackson hasn't let the demands of contemporary choreography keep her from handling the singing herself.
March 20, 2008
TELEVISION 1.American Idol (Tuesday), Fox 2.American Idol (Wednesday), Fox 3.Survivor, CBS 4.Lost, ABC 5.Extreme Makeover Home Edition, ABC FILMS 1. Horton Hears a Who!, Fox 2.10,000 B.C., Warner Bros. 3.Never Back Down, Summit Entertainment 4.College Road Trip, Disney 5.Vantage Point, Sony SINGLES 1.Love in This Club, Usher featuring Young Jeezy 2.With You, Chris Brown 3.Low, Flo Rida featuring T-Pain 4.Love Song, Sara Bareilles 5.Don't Stop the Music, Rihanna ALBUMS 1.Good Time, Alan Jackson 2.Sleep Through the Static, Jack Johnson 3.Discipline, Janet Jackson 4.Float, Flogging Molly 5.Warpaint, The Black Crowes DVDS (SALES)