Major Janet Jackson Update

Published: Friday 6th Jun 2008 by Sam
Major Janet Jackson Update Our good friends over at SOHH were fortunate enough to have the rare opportunity of interviewing Pop superstar Janet Jackson. For all those wondering about the status of the ‘Discipline’ album, read on….(it’s not good):

I had the pleasure of interviewing Janet Jackson yesterday as part of a teleconference with a select few fellow bloggers… And I’m sorry to tell you guys this but it’s looking like the label is not planning to allow any more singles from Discipline to be released.

Here’s what Janet had to say when I asked her what her next single would be:

“That’s pretty difficult to say, only because of the record label at this point. We started off with “Feedback” and the label and myself haven’t quite seen eye to eye since the “Feedback” single so they’ve kind of basically stopped all promotion. I’m trying to figure out a way to say this, but just to say it and to be quite honest, they just stopped all promotion whatsoever on the album so I don’t think you’re going to hear another single off this album.”

Damn. What is going over there at Island???

She also revealed some details about her upcoming “Rock Witchu Tour”:

“It’s a completely different show, like nothing before in the past. My real goal is to try and do every single I’ve ever had… so I have to figure out how to fit that into two hours and yet give them enough so they don’t feel hungry for more of that song in particular.”

As for why she chose to title the tour after her song “Rock Wit U”:

“It’s fitting to me, fitting to what the show will be like. It’s a dance show, it’s all upbeat I want it to be a party onstage, a party in the arena. I’ve always said when people come to these shows I want them to forget about all their problems all the drama in their lives and just have a good time, just let it go for a couple hours and bring some happiness into their lives. It’s going to be one big party, I want to ‘Rock Witchu.'”

Last but not least Janet wanted to make sure fans know she has been keeping up with the internet talk about her not making to Europe to promote Discipline:

“I just want to let the fans know because I’ve been reading a lot what the bloggers have been saying about the record and not hearing it on the radio and stuff like that, so I just wanted to let them know where things were as well and where it was all coming from. I’ve heard people talking about me not coming to Europe in support of the record just to let them know that it was definitely in my heart to go to Europe and to support this album but it’s about teamwork, it’s not something I can totally do on my own. Unfortunately things have turned out the way that they have with the differences between the label and myself, which we have been having for the most part from the beginning. So I just want to tell them again thank you very much for all the love and all the support and I they understand the entire situation and I’m really excited to see everybody on tour. I’m really looking forward to that it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Wow. Drama at another label. I guess this explains why the ‘Disicpline’ project seems to have been halted so abruptly. There’s unconfirmed reports that Janet and LA Reid were not seeing eye to eye over the the release of the album’s second single – Janet’s preference being ‘Rock With U’. It’s a shame things have turned out as such, as the album was very solid IMO. It’ll be very interesting to see her next move after the tour i.e. new album?, new label? etc. I, for one, am hoping that she irons out her differences with Island Def Jam, as their promo efforts for their roster (Mariah, Rihanna etc) are largely unmatched by rival labels (Sony/Beyonce) aside…

This doesn’t come as a surprise, yet does at the same time (if that makes any sense)…damn.

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  1. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Janet fans feel really stupid right Now, don’t U!

    Mariah is the head chick in Charge!

    Janet is over with and her career.

    LOSERS

  2. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Janet fans feel really stupid right Now, don’t U!

    Mariah is the head chick in Charge!

    Janet is over with and her career.

    LOSERS

  3. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Mariah is better then Janet!

  4. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Mariah is better then Janet!

  5. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    I cant wait to see her i really hope she comes to the UK

    also i cant believe about her label stopping promotion of the album they need to release LUV as a single

  6. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOO Janet is over with!

  7. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Janet is over with the record labels, Janet needs her own label!!!

    Besides, she should have money enough the make a video for LUV by herself and promote it as the third single, right?

  8. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    I’LL GO TO THE TOUR.

    zomba is pretty good with promotion with ciara usher and chris brown. maybe she should go over there?

  9. ND June 6, 2008

    I KNEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO HER…

    I AGREE SHE SHOULD SET UP HER OWN LABEL…

    HOLD ON… AINT JD HER MAN? DOESNT HE OWN AN IMPRINT LABEL HIMSELF?

  10. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Mariah runs things at IDJ. I heard the RUMORS to about Mariah and Janet. My girl Mariah ran Janet out,like a true Diva. Mariah makes money and it the REAL talent!

  11. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Mariah runs things at IDJ. I heard the RUMORS to, about Mariah and Janet. My girl Mariah ran Janet out,like a true Diva. Mariah makes money and is the REAL talent!

  12. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Mariah is SO MUCH better then Janet! HAHAHA

    Janet needs to go sit down somewhere!

    Janet needs to watch True Talent do their thing!

  13. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Mariah is SO MUCH better then Janet! HAHAHA

    Janet needs to go sit down somewhere!

    Janet needs to watch True Talent do their thing!

  14. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    ok its pretty obvious its the same jackass making stupid comments but its cool – ms jackson is still my gurl for life and i will def continure to support her in watever she does

  15. janfan_48 June 6, 2008

    I wish that one annonymous Mariah stan would sit their ass down, get a life, and stop writing multiple posts about Mariah being better than Janet. That’s bull s*** and will always BE bull s***. They’re two separate artists and Janet would dance circles around Mariah’s hollering ass.

  16. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    haha
    funny how some haters don’t have lifes
    to tell you the truth i aint even a janet fan but you dont see me hating and straight up you can tell you post all these gay ass comment about MIMI hahaha
    this n**** need a life
    anyways back to the topic
    columbia and Island Def Jam are two of the worst record labels
    THAT’S ALL I GOTTA SAY MY N*****

  17. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    doesnt matter how many times the label tries to screw her over and bring her down. Janet is my favorite performer and i will always support her projects

  18. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Was I the only to see this coming you can’t have two divas at the same label with out any tension but it dates back to 01 when Janet had Virgin on lock and Mimi came to join the family at a point when her career hit the skids and Janet was making big moves over there Virgin stuck by the artist generating the most heat and left Mimi for dead. Now fast forward to 08 Mimi is the queen at Island being that they are still eating off TEOM and enjoying the success of this album. Being that Janet is not generating any heat now as labels do they stand behind the artist who fairing decent on the charts as they should.

  19. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    im not surprised. janet is a great entertainer. the problem w/ her is that she hasn’t evolved creatively.

  20. Robert June 6, 2008

    Hm, I personally never thought that a artist with Janet’s history would have a problem of helping guide her own album. But I’m also sure they thought she would sell more than 400,000 copies in the U.S. She’s between a rock and a hard place.

    And that whole 2 diva at a label thing is a mess. It’s a freaking label, I’m sure they have enough for everyone.

  21. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    But What I don’t understand is why they would stop all promotion because of Conflict over singles. If they would have promoted ROck with U it would have been a smash. I only heard it like once on the Radio. I can’t believe they are doing Janet like this. I guess its my way of the Highway with LA Reid

  22. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    THAT’S F***** UP. IDJ TOOK JANET’S PROMOTION MONEY AND PAID FOR MARIAH’S WACK ASS ALBUM TO HIT #1!!!! SHE SHOULD SUE THEM.

  23. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    THAT’S F***** UP. IDJ TOOK JANET’S PROMOTION MONEY AND PAID FOR MARIAH’S WACK ASS ALBUM TO HIT #1!!!! SHE SHOULD SUE THEM.

  24. nwanna June 6, 2008

    What looser goes out of thei way to comment on an artist they don’t like. i never understood that. Anyway, Janet’s talent goes so much further than Mariah’s. Mariah can sing, but after that what has she got? Nothing. Besides she sounds like she’s smoked her longs away. i’m not even worried because no artist has nor can ever come close to what Janet has accomplished. I wish she would realize the potential she has to run her own s***. really what does it take to promote an album? banners, flyers, appearances, etc. she doesn’t need a label for any of that. she can take over a whole city as a surprise. that alone will get some attention. so unless LA REID plans to take over the world, he and his artists that he kisses ass so much for aint got nothing on Janet.

  25. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Janet and Mariah have nothing in common so I don’t understand why the are always compared. In this case I agree with Def Jam. The amount of money that went into promoting feedback and her album’s release was way too much for an artist that barely sold $100K in its first week. Janet should have let the label decide onthe second single because “Rock Witchu” sucked and did not bring any additional sales for the album.

    I disagree with the people saying Janet needs her own label. She already has her company and trademark rights to her image.

  26. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    I hate when people compare J and Mariah, theyre completely different artists! I love me some Mariah but i gotta say her new album is abysmal. Why she is selling more is purely down to her nicking all Janet’s promo budget…

  27. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    No, we don’t feel stupid. As a Janet fan I must ask like a few others why they compare Janet and Mariah. They are two totally different things. Mariah may have a stronger voice, but she is no where near Janet on overall performance. Mariah is stale and stiff and half dresses so that at least some of the populaiton can be entertained. It’s not a surprise to me that Janet is having problems with her label. Same thing happened with Toni Braxton. Her last two albums were on point, but there was no promotion. I bought both albums after they had been on the shelves for a minute. Because I had no idea when the album was coming out.

  28. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    How much f****** control does the Lable need. Janet didn’t write ANYTHING on the album. This s*** is like slavery, Its Massa way or you cut off. LA. Reid is relly suspect right now.

  29. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    I am a former intern at IDJ I must say after most of your post you guys are so wrong about this situation One Janet was given the proper promotion money, she really did not want to promote the album until a week before its release. Two her main focus was to clear up her issues with MTV because their audience usually buys the album she was also MTV artist of the week which was part of her promotion budget and even after release she decided to keep her schedule limited as if she was not feeling her project so the label has to promote other artists as well As for MC she was willing to promote when it was time to and also LA made her start promotion a little earlier then planned.

  30. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    why wouldn’t she want to promote the album?

  31. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    I heard Janet was very sick with a flu when the album came out and promotion was limited because of that. I think it is VERY STRANGE that an older artist like Janet would put out Discipline, when she did not write any songs on the CD. All of her previous CDs she was listed as a songwriter composing over 80% of the lyrics on each album.

    I agree that the label is not at fault for Janet’s low sales. Janet had a huge budget that was spent on promoting feedback and marketing the album (VH1/MTV). If you were in charge of a label you would pull the plug on her budget too since her opening sales were a big dissapointment.

  32. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    All this do not make any sense at all!

    How is it at the listening Party LA had them to re-play Rcok with You twice? He said that this song is it!

    Why wouldnt Janet want to promote her album?

    If they were having promblems in the begining why didn’t they drop her from the Label?

    Who sent Rock with you to Radio for Adds? If they didn’t want it why send it?

    Why was LD having listenining Party for Mariah and Janet’s alum at the same time if Janet came out first?

    If just so much wants to be out of her contract with them why wait until now? Why didn’t she leave earlier?

    If it was so much conflict going on where they couldn’t take why ask Janet could they buy her out of her contract?

    I do belive Janet was sick before promotion start when it did!

    What was the purpose of having Mariah album come out a month after janet’s project for?

    Yeah they got her back on MTV but why didn’t they take advantage of that?

    They got her back on MTV so wouldnt they know if she was going to make an appearance?

    I do agree with the one RUMOR that maybe Janet was or is a little jealouse of the supporr they was giving Mariah!

    Why give her permission to even go on MTV to have an Access granted for RWU then?

    How much control do you give where u feel like u are loosing yourself?

    She didn’t write a single song on this album,They asked her to cover up More…. she did. She just wanted to work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! She worked with other producers!

    She started promoting Love on Ellen and she did that NBC special where she perform LOVE.

    It is more going on!

  33. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    Dang u asked alot of good questions. i wonder if anyone can answer them.

  34. Anonymous June 6, 2008

    THIS MIGHT BE BETTER TO READ

    I might be wrong but if you think for a minute

    How is it at the listening Party LA had the people to re-play Rock with You twice? He was very excited!

    Why wouldn’t Janet want to promote her album?

    If they were having promblems in the begining why didn’t they drop her from the Label?
    Why even release the album if they weren’t meeting eye to eye on the Direction of the project? Push it Back

    Who sent Rock with you to Radio for Adds? If they didn’t want it why send it?
    (no Matter how much Janet acted like a little girl)
    So did janet send it herself?

    Why was LA having listenining Party for Mariah and Janet’s album at the same time if Janets album came out first?

    After Janet’s album was release they were still having listening Parties for Mariah’s album , they gave Radio station a free listening for Mariah’s album.

    While after Janet’s album was release, Mariah’s album was still having listening Parties, they didn’t meantion a single thing about Janet’s project.

    Janet’s project was not release yet and almost at every meantion of janet’s project,Mariah’s project was meantion !

    If she wanted out of her contract
    Why wait now to say so, why get out of it earlier! To save the project?
    If she belive so much in this project and if she was really Happy to began with!

    If it was so much conflict going on why state now? They could have ask Janet could they buy her out of her album deal or let Janet Have RWU, let her promote RWU on her money then do LUV to prove a point!

    I do belive Janet was sick before promotion started……. when it did!

    What was the purpose of having Mariah album come out a month after janet’s project for?
    Wouldn’t you want to put space in between them?

    Yeah they got her back on MTV but why didn’t they take advantage of that?

    They got her back on MTV so wouldn’t they know if she was going to make an appearance on TRL?
    I mean Janet’s team called on a Monday they let her in on a Wednesday?

    I do agree with the one RUMOR that maybe Janet is a little jealouse of the support they were giving Mariah!
    I belive she might be a little bit jealous of Mariah and JD relationship and the way their music came out compared to her music.

    ( Janet might not said anything,I belive she wanted a big comeback with this album)

    Why give her permission to even go on BET to have an Access granted for RWU ?
    All the power LA has he could have told BET not to even air it at!
    To be evil at Janet!

    How much control do you give where u feel like u are loosing yourself?

    She didn’t write a single song on this album
    They asked her to cover up More…. she did.
    Rumor Has it She just wanted to work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in the begining!
    She worked with other producers liked they asked!

    She started promoting Love on Ellen and she did that NBC special where she perform LOVE. It was also stated on the old JJ.COm that LUV was going to be her third single.

    Since RWU didn’t do well and’ LUV” well is was catchin on why can’t they start back promoting the album now?

    Why did JD say on 106th and Park that Janet was Finally happy and she wasn’t.
    He spoke about her dismay with Virgin and her unhappiness with them!

    What is the point of loosing Money?RWU didn’t take off so lets try to make the Best of this album!

    IDJ is having Money promblem, they were having money promblems before they signed Janet on with them.
    Mariah’ contract is up with this album !

    What really went on? We got story about Janet having drinks with LA in Miami. We got news of them leaving together right after we heard she signed with IDJ.

    JD stated how excited he was to finally do a Janet album….if it was tension why release it?
    Why even continue to give her project any meantion at all!

    LA said he Belived in janet and he had a plan?

    Also JD stated in his youtube video that he send his video to everyone. (The first video of him and Mariah together he stated that)

    Fast-Forward

    A Day after janets’ birthday She give info to where you can call her on SayItNow.

    Now Rumor has it they just found out about the Tour!

    I don’t belive that……. they knew something was up!.
    All those people and yall know somebody had to see that video and send it to LA REID!

    JD knew about the Tour and he talks alot ….

    LA Reid knew somethin was up!

    Janet did the blackbook magazine interview after the album was release. Didn’t LA talk about Janet in that magazine?
    Promblems at the label why would LA talk about Janet in the magazine interview for?

  35. Anonymous June 7, 2008

    And most of all, if Janet was supposedly given the proper promotion money why is she now saying that she is not being promoted at all.
    -Katebozz

  36. Anonymous June 7, 2008

    somebody lyin………..

  37. Anonymous June 7, 2008

    Janet is over

  38. Anonymous June 11, 2008

    Mooriah is a fat c** drippin s***! She prefered Nick Cannon’s d*** over her “lambs” and totally has given up on this shitty album she just released.

    Mooriah is a vocalist…
    Janet & Madonna are PERFORMERS.

    so who do you think would put on better live shows?!? Nuff said!

  39. rodney lawrence July 16, 2008

    i love janet she is better than M.janet if you read this, on your next album smash them wit the best first. feed back is a good single but love should have been the first single r @ least the 2nd. i think that was the problem with the last 2 albums, this is a very good album i like it alot im upset about this mix up please fix it,i was so happy with the release and that she worked with diffrent producers i think it worked out good i was time please do it again and push 4 the best permotion possible your biggest fan since control

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