Pop icon Janet Jackson is currently winning over fans and critics alike, pumping out the hits weekly on her worldwide tour. However, even with the success of the trek – ‘Number Ones: Up, Close, and Personal’ Tour – the ‘Feedback’ singer has come under fire yet again with allegations of lip-syncing.
Amidst a sold out tour, the ‘Go Deep’ singer stopped to chat with the Minneapolis Star Tribune to dish on the happenings of the trek, including Nicki Minaj‘s recent ‘wardrobe malfunction’, future plans (album and film) and, of course, the almighty lip-syncing question. Find out how Miss Jackson responded after the jump:
Via Minneapolis Tribune:
Q: What’s your favorite memory of Minneapolis?
A: I have so many, but being in Minneapolis to record “Control” stands out. It was the first time I was recording a CD without my family. It was a great.
Q: What do you like most about this tour? The least?
A: I am having so much fun on this tour. It is the largest ever world tour for me. Whenever possible, I am choosing more intimate venues. I love being able to see everyone’s face in the audience.
Q: What is it like to perform “Scream” without your brother Michael?
A: It is amazing. It’s very therapeutic. The energy of the song is fierce but it makes me smile inside when I hear him, when I hear his voice.
Q: What goes through your mind onstage on this tour vs. what went through your mind onstage during your arena tours?
A: All I can think about during the show is how much fun I am having and how grateful I am to all the fans who have supported me all these years.
Q: Why do you end the show with “Together Again”?
A: I love what the song says… I am letting the audience know that we will be together again… hopefully soon!
Q: Over the years, some people have said that Janet lip-syncs in concert. What’s the situation on this tour? Is all your singing live?
A: Yes, I am singing live.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about being Janet Jackson?
A: Answering that question. LOL
Q: How has Michael’s death changed you?
A: I appreciate life even more.
Q: Now that Nicki Minaj and others have had wardrobe malfunctions on TV, how do you feel about what happened to you because of your wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl?
A: Well, I am sorry that it has happened to others. It is not a great feeling and I sympathize with them. I find it interesting in my case that I am the only person who it seems to still come up for.
Q: Talk about the challenges of being a pop star today vs what things were like for you in the ’80s and ’90s. What kind of things in this 24/7 media world do Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna and the new breed of pop divas have to deal with that you, Madonna, Whitney and Mariah didn’t?
A: The business today is very different. The Internet plays an important role in music today. You can have an unknown artist become popular by posting their music on the web. Record labels are all looking for new ways to promote their artist and, in a lot of ways; the artist must take a more involved role. In the past, the label did that for you.
Q: Movie plans?
A: I am excited to have partnered with Lionsgate to produce my first film. I am reading a lot of scripts and really enjoying the process. I am also reading scripts to act in as well.
Q: How ’bout recording plans?
A: I will go back into the studio later this year or early next. I am not sure what I will be doing yet. I like to be inspired by what is going on in my life at that time.
Q: What are your thoughts about working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis again?
A: I love those guys. It would be fun to work with them again at some point.
Read the extensive interview in its entirety here.
Fans of the ‘Rhythm Nation’ singer know that Minneapolis has played a special role in her career, maybe that would explain the (usually very private) singer’s openness in this interview. Great read.