I’m finally sharing some of my artwork online. And what better way to start by showing a picture of Janet Jackson that drew almost 12 years ago. She’s one of my favorite people to draw. And it’s more than obvious at this point that she’s one of my all-time favorite entertainers. Growing up, I was inspired by and adored her music, style, and presence. I must say though, I miss seeing her on the scene.
It seems like Discipline was released so long ago – though it was only last February. It debuted at No. 1, “Feedback” became her first top 20 pop hit since 2001’s “Someone to Call My Lover,” and then like that—it was all over. Yeah, there was the tour (the show was EXCELLENT!!), but you know what happened with that…. Aside from the Superbowl Incident (I still say she was blacklisted in lieu of this), issues in the Jackson family (not going there), and record labels who have no idea how to promote her (anymore)—her musical career seems to be at a crossroads.
She’s accomplished more in the last 27 years than most artists will in their entire careers. She’s done it all. She set the tone. And you can see that with many of today’s hottest female entertainers. The influence is unmistakable. But her music just hasn’t “hit” the way it used to. I don’t think it’s because the music is bad. Have their been some sub par moments over the course of the last three albums? Yes. But lackluster production, poor marketing, no radio airplay, and minimal label support have all played major roles in the downward spiral of Janet’s musical career.
Now, the lady is BAD!!! Always will be. She can grace the stage—not say, sing, or do a thing—and the audience will go wild. Nothing can take away her talent or the history she’s made. But it’s time to hit ’em hard. Hit ’em with something they’d least expect. Or go back with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The chemistry they have in the studio is magical. And last I heard, they were talking of going into the studio to work on the next album. Great news if it comes into fruition. Cause one thing’s for sure—I won’t be unhappy if JD isn’t producing on the next album. No offense—I love his work. But it’s just not for Janet. It may work for Mariah and Usher (to name a few)—but not for Janet.
All the greats have periods where they hit that brick wall or their music slumps. And most usually return to the top spot better than ever. It’s usually when everyone has counted them out—at the least expected moment—when their prominence is solidified again. Whatever happens—Janet’s got my support. I’ll be rocking with Janet for life!
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Now playing: Janet – Can’t B Good
Just some things that have been running through my mind.
- I don’t make new year’s resolutions. I make life changes. And there will be many changes made in the very near future.
- Well, it looks like DP and I may be living in the same state again sometime early next year. I’m getting excited! I’ve missed having him near dearly. Once the dates are finalized I’ve got to start planning for his return. I can’t believe we’ve been together for a little over two years now.
- Don’t you just hate office politics? They can put a damper on an otherwise satisfying work experience. I do my best to avoid them at all costs. I keep all my personal business to myself. Cause the worst thing you can do is tell it to the wrong person. It’ll spread around the office quicker than the speed of light. And people can use it against you.
- Considering recent events, is the nation (and the world) really ready for the U.S. to have its first black president? With all due respect to Barack Obama, I’m just not convinced that it’s his time yet. Of course, the primaries and the general election in November (and events thereafter) will tell the story.
- Hell, is the nation (and the world) ready for Hillary Clinton to be president of the U.S.? With all due respect to rapper/actress Eve, Hillary Clinton is the “real pitbull in a skirt.” Need I say more?
- I liken Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani, and even McCain to revolving doors. They swing more ways on issues than a bisexual in the bedroom. Now, there’s nothing wrong with changing your mind. There’s nothing wrong with broadening your perspective. And there’s nothing wrong with changing your opinions or views on certain issues. There is a problem however, when these things are changed to gain the support of a group people for votes. If people can’t except you for all of your glory, excess, foolishness, and pain, it’s their loss.
- After reading about Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, I had an eerie feeling that some real serious shit is about to go down. Everybody beware.
- If I hear about another celebrity being arrested for a DUI I’m going to go on vigilante campaign to exchange celebrity driver’s licenses for chauffeurs.
- Looks like Paris Hilton got cut off. Grandpa is giving 97% of his fortune to charity. See what happens when you show your ass and dirty up the family name?
- I love Mya like the next fan, but seriously, what’s going on? She’s been pushed back more times than a Kelly Rowland record. She called her new album Liberation and now she’s like a caged bird that nobody wants to hear sing. Now, her single “Ridin'” was okay (at best), but “Ayo” and “Lock U Down” were garbage. Come a little harder next time Mya.
- There were some really great releases in 2007 for music. I was really surprised. Some release days I just went for broke. I was like a kid in a candy store. I couldn’t decide whose album I wanted more so I just bought everything.
- If I had to tally my favorite R&B/Soul releases from male artists this year, the following would be on the list: Rahsaan Patterson (Wine & Spirits), Musiq Soulchild (Luvanmusiq), Ne-Yo (Because of You), Mario (Go), Trey Songz (Trey Day), Tank (Sex, Love, & Pain), Chris Brown (Exclusive) and Joe (Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me). Though they lean a little more on the jazzy side, I can’t forget about Will Downing (After Tonight) or Raul Midon (A World Within A World). Hope I’m not forgetting anyone….
- Aside from the singles already released on Jill Scott’s latest album The Real Thing, I love “Crown Royal,” “Epiphany,” “All I,” “Whenever You’re Around,” “Come See Me,” “How It Make You Feel,” and “Just Wanna Be Loved.”
- I love the new Janet song “Feedback”. It’s very different. Totally left of what’s expected of her. I must’ve listened to at least 100 times since I got it. Can’t wait to hear the new album Discipline, to be released February 26th.
- 2008 looks like it could be a banner year with new releases from Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Madonna. Mary J. Blige has set the tone quite nicely. If all goes well, it’ll feel like 1993/1998 all over again. Looks like they’re about to put all the divas-in-training back in their place!
- 2008 will also mark the return of several other noteworthy favorites such as: Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Teedra Moses, Van Hunt, Lenny Kravitz, Faith Evans, and Mos Def to name a few.
- Isn’t it funny now how all the pop artists want to be down? Seems like every pop tart wants to make urban album with urban producers. I’m not hating but….YAWN!
- I absolutely love Phyllis Hyman (and I mean love!). She’s legendary. Which is why I was so happy when I came across the website for the book Strength of a Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story. This biography was written by Jason A. Michael. I’ll be checking this book out real soon.
And finally, have a very happy new year! May the year ahead be everything you want and more.
Peace, Love, and Many Blessings!
Now playing: Joss Stone – Bad Habit