Janet Jackson Covers Gotham Magazine

Published: Sunday 17th Jan 2010 by Sam
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Pop Icon Janet Jackson features on the cover of the latest issue of Gotham magazine. Though the shoot are outtakes from promotion portraits for her 2008 LP ‘Discipline’, the interview feature is new. Jackson, 43, talks the passing of her brother Michael, her upcoming album, new years resolutions and more. {Spotted over at our good friends over at Concrete Loop}

On what she’s taken from Michael’s death:

“When you hear people say life goes on, it’s really the truth. You can’t stop living. It becomes a part of you. I feel a bit selfish because there are times I feel I shouldn’t be doing this, but I enjoy my work and I have to keep doing it. I have to keep my life going. There are days that are harder than others.”

On her New Year’s resolutions:

“I want to learn a language. I haven’t decided which, but it’s between French, Spanish and Italian. I also want to get closer to God.”

On her new album:

“It’s going to be a little different. The writing is about life experiences. There’s a part of me that’s craving escapism, which is a sense of wanting to keep on moving with my work but also of coming to terms with reality. So I think it will be upbeat and light.”

On her new book:

“I hope it’s inspiring for all ages. I’m talking about weight loss, confidence, self-esteem—especially in your youth. It’s not an autobiography, but there are little anecdotes that I give here and there from my childhood all the way to the present that I thought would be interesting and helpful to share.”

On what she loves about New York:

“Everything. I love the energy–the creative energy. I’ve been here for 12 years and I will be here for the rest of my life.”

I really commend Janet for pressing on through everything. In being 100% honest with you though, and you know that’s how we like to keep it around here, I can’t say I was feeling the ‘it will be upbeat and light’ part. I mean, she said it’s going to be a little different, yet in it being ‘upbeat and light’, it’s sounding like it’ll be in the vein of much of her post-‘Velvet Rope’ releases.

Though I really enjoyed some of her less serious albums – ‘Damita Jo’ and ‘Discipline’ particularly, the public know all that she’s been through over the last few years (split from Jermaine, MJ’s death etc). Hence it’s hard to believe folk will readily swallow the idea of an ‘escapist’, not-addressing-the-drama LP from Ms. Jackson. That said, if the music is good, which I’m sure it will be, who knows, folk may just look past all that. Personally, though, I’d like to see a healthy balance of tackling the issues in ‘her world’ (especially as she’s writing again) and moving on (the escapism, living life aspect).

In any case, Ms. Jackson’s new LP – said to be released by Interscope – is pencilled in for a June release.

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  1. Dee January 17, 2010

    I just love me some Janet!!!!!!

  2. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    UGH I WANT NEW PIX OF HER DAMNIT NOT S*** FROM 2008.LOL

    MMM I DONT WANT HER TO KEEP IT LIGHT AT ALL. SHE BEEN KEEPING IT LIGHT SINCE ALL FOR YOU ERA. I WANT MY VELVET ROPE PART 2 DAMNIT.LOL EITHER WAY IM BUYING. BUT UGH.

  3. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    I WANT A MIXTURE OF BOTH ATLEAST LIGHT & HEAVY S***.

  4. Deirdre B Pride January 17, 2010

    <++++++++++++++++++Can't you tell I love this girl? I love the whole Jackson family.

    That last dress is sick.

  5. Deirdre B Pride January 17, 2010

    Where is my comment?

  6. Deirdre B Pride January 17, 2010

    O well. I love this girl. The dress on the bottom is sick.

  7. January 17, 2010

    YES I LOVE THIS B****.
    you better work, janet.

    i canNOT wait for the album to come out.
    if its the same vibe as “make me”, it should be sick.

  8. dont take shyt January 17, 2010

    she look good
    very pretty for her age

  9. Sammy January 17, 2010

    This is some ugly old h**. She need to hurry up and die and make way for Cassie.

    Cassie Debut album be outselling this h*** album. Janet must be so embarrassed. No one cares bout her flop ass. Just like JLO and Mariah and whitney. Keep releasing albums that go nowhere and then flop. B**** get the f*** outta here you bottom feeding trash bag s***

    Cassie hotly anticipated new album ‘Electro Love’ drops this year. You best cop that smash. It gone sell out quick. Trust me

  10. shelly-chelle January 17, 2010

    she looks fab! sammy go to hell!!!!

  11. Sammy January 17, 2010

    This album is so gonna flop. Cassies Electro Love is gonna overshadow, eclipse and blow Janets release out the water. Yall know Im right. I can see it know. All the Janet stans saying it gone be number, just like the last 3 times with her albums, and it probably just bout make top 10. selling less than 200,000. Unlike Cassie who can sell 895, 000.

    Janet gonna FLOP!!!

  12. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    lol CASSIE HAD AN ALBUM OUT?

    DEAD@ CASSIE SECOND ALBUM BEING POSTPONED SINCE 2007.LOL B**** HUSH.

  13. Sammy January 17, 2010

    All the Janet stans saying it gone be number 1*

  14. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    DISICPLINE IS 885K WW & 455K IN THE U.S

    NO ONE IS CARING FOR CASSIE. DONT SHE HAVE DIDDY D*** TO BE SUCKING ON? OH WAIT SHE GOT DUMPED.

    DEAD@ RIHANNA SLAYING CASSIE FOR THE GAWDS.

  15. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    NOT ONE JANET STAN SAID IT WAS GONNA BE NUMBER ONE.LOL

    DEAD@ SAMMY BEING PRESSED FOR THE GAWDS. JANET ISNT GOING ANYWHERE LIL GWAL.LOL HA HA HA HA HA

    YOU PRESSED LIKE PRESSED ON NAILS CHILE.

  16. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    WHY DID I GET MARRIED? & DISCIPLINE DID GO NUMBER ONE THO.LOL

    WHEN LASSIE GONNA DO IT? OOPS I MEAN CASSIE.LOL

  17. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    JANET HAS 3 NUMBER ONE MOVIES

    JANET HAD 6 NUMBER ONE ALBUM

    JANET HAS MORE BILLBOARD AWARDS THAN ANY OTHER ARTIST

    JANET SLAYS. UGH DONT MAKE ME POST HER RESUME.LOL

  18. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    WHEN IS LASSIE (CASSIE) GONNA DO IT F** ????????? LET ME KNOW.LOL

  19. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    SO MANY JANET ALBUMS THAT SLAYS CASSIE CAREER.LOL

    (ALONE) CONTROL >>>>>>>>> CASSIE CAREER

    (ALONE) RHYTHM NATION >>>>>>>> CASSIE CAREER

    (ALONE) JANET. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> CASSIE CAREER

    (ALONE) DESIGN OF A DECADE>>>>>>>>> CASSIE CAREER

    (ALONE) VELVET ROPE >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CASSIE CAREER

    (ALONE) ALL FOR YOU>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CASSIE CAREER

    (ALONE) DAMITA JO >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CASSIE CAREER

    (ALONE) 20 Y.O >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>CASSIE CAREER

    HELL EVEN DISCIPLINE (ALONE) SLAYS CASSIE SECOND ALBUM WHICH HAS BEEN SHELVED SINCE 2007. HA HA HA HA HA HA

  20. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    JANET JACKSON
    MARIAH CAREY
    WHITNEY HOUSTON
    MADONNA
    BRITNEY
    BEYONCE
    ALICIA KEYS
    RIHANNA
    MARY J. BLIGE
    KEYSHIA COLE
    CIARA
    AALIYAH
    LIL KIM
    TRINA
    MISSY

    ETC…

    EVEN KHIA

    THEY ALL SLAY CASSIE CAREER WITH ONE ALBUM.LOL

  21. sokmidyk January 17, 2010

    I think she looks like a man in drag on the cover but love the second pic.

  22. Sammy January 17, 2010

    @Sean2009

    Thats coz that h** janet been around for like 1000 years. She lookin like the crypt keeper or some s***. Id rather f*** that than her. Give Cassie a few more years and Janet will be irrelevant…oh wait she already is. She gone flop. Watch in a few years time Cassie gone be everywhere, slaying every other RnB s*** out there. Ha Discipline couldnt even reach Cassies sales over…what a flop. Im embarrassed for you janet fans right now. oh the shame.

  23. Sammy January 17, 2010

    Cassie sold nearly 1,000,000 copies of her album world wide on the back of 2 singles. Not an easy feat. Don’t hate the truth guys. Janet is not relevant and no one cares about her flop ass.

    Nothing she’ll do will be as good as ‘Skydiver’, below, the future world wide smash
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PD2X_1crtM

  24. Jolie January 17, 2010

    @sammy………………Cassie dear,we knw it u and u knw wat…i completely understand…it must be frustrating to be reduced to nothing bt Diddy’s d***-sucking jump off while your album gets pushed back repeatedly with no fixed release date(nt tht it will sell anyway)…..i mean to try and diss JANET,thts laughable…her surname alone slays your entire so-called career,hell even Amerie and Ashanti’s careers>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>your career…nw go take your meds child

  25. Sammy January 17, 2010

    @JOLIE. LMAO at Amerie and Ashanti’s career. WHO THE F*** ARE THEY LOL. You bout to get hoed now.
    Cassie is SO much better. You people need to ask someone in the street who Amerie and Ashanti are and they’ll be like ’Who the f*** is those b******? I cant even name a single song by one of those h*** you just mentioned.’

  26. Sammy January 17, 2010

    Cassie is the Queen, the voice of R&B and soul. Not everyone is lucky enough to have her calm, soothing tone in their voice like Cassie.

    ‘Electro Love’ by Cassie will be out this year and will be smashing records and blowing anything those whores release out the water…FACT. You better cop that Smash. You heard it from me first. The TRUE wait will be OVA.

    That Cassie reign just won’t let up

  27. Oggie January 17, 2010

    I Love Janet, I feel for her and I think that whatever she will deliver will be on point becuase she is doing the writing, Yes VR was her best album partly due to the fact that it was so personal but that was then and this is now, it’ must be hard enuff having to deal with the death of your brother let alone writing songs about it and having to sing them on tour night after night, that would be torture.. Just to let you know though this interview may have been conducted a few months ago as since then Rodney Jerkins has said that after recording about 11 uptempo joints with janet she came back to him and said it was time to do some midtempos and ballads so i’m sure it will be a mixture of different emotions.

    Whatever she writes it’s coming from her and that is a real place so I know she will bring it, in my opinion, the only album that was not as good as the others was 20YO, every other album has been great, the real problem with Discipline was 1. the fans didn’t feel that connection lyrically cos she was not allowed to write any of the songs and 2. LA treating her like a second rate artist when she is a musical Legend and Icon. For the first time since Damita Jo Janet is doing an album her way and she has never dissapointed when she works like that.

    No disrespect to Jermaime Dupri but according to producer Kwame, 20YO was a completely different album b4 JD got involved,

  28. Jolie January 17, 2010

    @sammy lol…………………Ashanti’s first and second albums blew up..and she broke records with her first….Amerie has had a few hits, One Thing any1?and the gud thing is they ddnt have to release nude pics of themselves for publicity…or reduce themselves to jump-off status………and u obviously jokin about Single Ladies………..no matter hw many d**** u suck u’ll never have a song as huge as SL..u poor thing!

  29. Ben January 17, 2010

    Regardless of all the junk you said, I am happy for her return. I actually liked “Discipline,” it was kinda like she was paying homage to her old days while mixing in the new. 20YO was another story. Glad she is moving on in post tragedy, she has to keep the name going. But besides moving on in post tragedy, she has been given an unfair chance ever since the Super Bowl, so I am hoping now that this year she climb back up to the top.

  30. Erica January 17, 2010

    Control!!! Love you janet! So classy & smart!

  31. AC January 17, 2010

    Can’t wait for the new album! Wish a new photoshoot was featured in the magazine.

    @Sammy: I find it puzzling that you have the most amount of comments in this post than anyone else, yet you claim a passionate dislike of Janet. It is evident to me that you see how much Janet has achieved throughout her musical career compared to how little Cassie has achieved. Therefore, you believe Cassie is threatened by Janet and feel the need to defend her.

    Cassie’s debut album peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts (and not to mention the album is only 30 minutes long. Is that even allowed to be considered an album?). Meanwhile, she only has one hit. In comparison, Janet has had six albums that topped the Billboard charts at #1 along with countless hits (10 of which peaked at #1 on the Hot 100). I can go on and on listing Janet’s achievements in the music industry but its a waste of time. There is no comparison.

  32. abby January 17, 2010

    omg june is so far away ! but get it j ! she’s definitely the best. taking over 2010 🙂

  33. abby January 17, 2010

    omg june is like so far away ! but get it j she’s amazing ! definitely the best & taking over 2010 🙂

  34. abby January 17, 2010

    dang i commented twice. well here’s a 3rd lol i loveeeeeeeee janet !

  35. Nick January 17, 2010

    O HOW I LOVE JANET WITH ALL MY HEART !!!!! CANT WAIT !!!!!!

  36. Mahad January 17, 2010

    I love Janet and can’t wait for the new album!

  37. ALLNIGHTDONTSTOP2010 January 17, 2010

    Sammy b**** shut it and down Janet is fine fab and beyond incredible as a female artist your favs could never grace and command the stage like she does. Janet is snatching back 2010

  38. SEAN2009 January 17, 2010

    CASSIE WILL NEVER BE AROUND FOR 1000 YEARS F**! DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT UGLY?

  39. Bemusedchicken January 17, 2010

    oh mah gawd. people saying s*** about janet..,saying she looks like the crypt keeper..at least janets albums actually get RELEASED. thank you.

    janet in her sleep with a boob incident still makes it to number one.

  40. dakkylove January 18, 2010

    ok Trent can you just block this Sammy character, we all can see he is an irrelevant lunatic on drugs …his whole aganda is to try and make Cassie relevant, that,s not going to happen but he is starting to p*** me off. Trent you had better not let me pull back Sam in here…@#$%^&.

    oh by the way Janet is a true Diva ..i love her.

  41. jeremy January 18, 2010

    i would really like her to do another album just like velvet rope…i personally think it was her best maerial…then i would like to see more hits like “Thats the way love goes” and “if” i want the old janet…and i do not like those pictures of her tsk tsk tsk

  42. B January 18, 2010

    Can’t wait!!!!

    FYI, All For You was light and upbeat and still had songs that had deeper meanings than just clubbing, having fun and s** (You Ain’t Right, Trust A Try, Son of a Gun, Truth, Better Days). So let’s not judge the album before anything comes out.

  43. hihihihihi January 18, 2010

    whispere queen number 1

  44. Lemonade January 18, 2010

    This woman is the sh** all the way around. Studying spanish would be a good look. Janet is classy, s*** and got intellect. Now that is a good look for real

  45. Chaz January 18, 2010

    Sammi you are truly a dumb ass f**!!! Cassie has mentioned several times her love and respect for Janet as an artist and mentor so for you to diss Janet is tantamount to saying that you hate Cassie! Tell you what though, when Cassie has been around for over twenty years with a string of number one songs, albums, awards and a heaping amount of respect for her peers then you come holla at me. Until then…..

    B**** PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Hazel January 18, 2010

    So elated to be getting new material from Janet

  47. Angie January 18, 2010

    LOL!!!!!!! I can believe an idiot compares the Queen J.J to that b**** Cassie (who copied Pleasure Principle hehehe!! plus she’s a janet stan!!)

  48. SAMMY January 18, 2010

    @ ANGIE

    Who’s that flop Pleasure Principle?

  49. SweetWoman January 18, 2010

    I’ve been a huge Michael, Janet & La Toya fan for so long. I really follow janet’s foot steps, She’s been through heart breaks & so have I. Loosing Michael Jackson really touched me so very much & I really Cried. I’m so glad to meet Michael in brife. May God Bless His Soul. So looking forward for her album & book. I love all her albums. & sadly i can’t get Dream Street Album. You Rock Janet.

  50. ARTISTK January 20, 2010

    LEGENDARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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