After a slightly uncomfortable interview with Anderson Cooper on his daytime talk show, where she hesitated when asked if she would be joining "The X Factor" only to turn around and say that while she wasn't a judge on Simon Cowell's primetime reality singing competition right now "that’s all I really think I should say," speculation is rampant that Janet Jackson has been approached to join the show.
And if the rumors are true, we're all for it! Jackson would be a great addition to the FOX competition and would bring the industry expertise and attitude necessary to add a little spark to the flailing program.
One of the things that has worked so effectively for "The Voice" is the fact that its judges/mentors are all still active as artists. As we noted in our recap of this week's episode, it's kind of interesting and exciting to watch the judges battle it out for team members using the other's status and activity in the industry. When Christina Aguilera contended that she could pay more attention to a contestant because she wasn't currently touring, Blake Shelton countered that while he was indeed on the road, he'd taken his season one "Voice" finalist Dia Frampton with him … something he could likely offer his top contestant this season as well.
That's not something Paula Abdul or Nicole Scherzinger could offer. Abdul hasn't released an album since 1995 (her discography contains only three records total) and Scherzinger can't even seem to get her own solo debut released in the U.S., having seen its release pushed back several times when single after single went nowhere. Who are they to critique the voices and careers of fledgling singers? We like Abdul as much as the next guy, but her daffy shenanigans don't really bring anything to the table other than something fun for viewers to point at and talk about the next day. Read More...
Kathy Griffin has made a career of ribbing celebrities, so it's no surprise that the comedienne is now sending up one of most iconic images in pop music history.
Griffin has been named to the OUT 100, the magazine's annual list honoring the most influential people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as straight allies who support LGBT causes. And yes, that's openly gay "Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson helping to keep this picture mostly safe for work.
"To pay homage to their individualism, this year's portfolio is inspired by iconic portraits of the 20th century, from Richard Avedon's image of a shaving Marlon Brando and Robert Mapplethorpe's Patti Smith to Herb Ritts's Madonna and Harry Benson's timeless portraits of the Beatles pillow-fighting," OUT says on its website.
In OUT's portfolio, Griffin and Ferguson recreate Janet Jackson's famous 1993 Rolling Stone cover, which featured Jackson in a simple pair of jeans with her bare breasts being cupped by then-unknown husband Rene Elizondo Jr. Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
It’s hard to believe that seven years later we’re still talking about “Nipplegate” – Janet Jackson’s controversial wardrobe malfunction from the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show – but a federal appeals court just ruled that the Federal Communications Commission might have been a bit hasty with their fine for Janet Jackson and CBS over the incident.
The Wrap reports that according to the Philadelphia 3rd District Court of Appeals, the FCC wrongly fined Jackson and the network $550,000 for her performance, which included Timberlake ripping off a scrap of her clothing and accidentally exposing the singers left breast (although if I recall, she covered it up with a tasteful sun-shaped jewel resembling Godsmack’s logo). Of course the government agency wasn’t thrilled with the outcome, but CBS spokeswoman Shannon Jacobs viewed the ruling as the FCC being forced to adhere to the indecency policies they had in place before the incident occurred. As you can see from this handy dandy wiki chart (of course the incident has its own Wikipedia page), the fine-to-complaints ratio was rather askew.
The case has been in legal limbo for years now. In 2008, the 3rd Circuit Court ruled to void the fine, a ruling vacated by the Supreme Court in 2009. The case subsequently returned to the 3rd Circuit once again. Read More...
If you've ever seen "Grease," you know that dance-offs were a thing back in the 1950s. But MTV's O Music Awards are updating the bop-till-you-drop tradition with an attempt to break the Guinness World record with an upcoming shot at snagging the 55-hour dance marathon title.
Some dedicated hoofers will trying to keep it poppin' right up until the second the O Music Awards kick off at 11:30 PM on October 31 in Los Angeles.
That got us thinking about other wacky music-related records tallied by Guinness and, believe it or not, trying to dance for more than two days is not close to the strangest record in the books.
Here are a few of our favorites: Read More...
Sorry, Janet fans. If you were expecting to catch one of Janet Jackson's seven postponed tour stops, you'll be waiting a long time.
Jackson's tour organizer Live Nation has said she will not be making up the shows in Montreal; Boston; Philadelphia; Greensboro, North Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Uncasville, Connecticut; and Verona, New York she was forced to cancel last month, because of sudden onset migraine-associated vertigo. She did manage to perform makeup dates in New York City and Atlanta.
There's no word yet on when or how fans will be able to seek a ticket refund for the nixed shows.
Read more on Janet Jackson's tour troubles here.
By Daniela Capistrano
Despite canceling nine shows on her Rock Witchu Tour due to vestibular migraines, Janet was present and full of energy for her Saturday performance at Madison Square Garden. She left the packed house standing and cheering for more when she closed with her top-five hit "Runaway," but received mixed reactions throughout the night to tracks from her latest album, Discipline.
(Check out more pics from the concert here.)
Although the LP is Janet's least successful album to date (as of September, record sales stood at 415,000 copies in the U.S.), the turnout at Madison Square Garden probably convinced Midtown onlookers otherwise. Hundreds of Janet fans of all ages and backgrounds spilled onto the streets, clutching merchandise and congregating outside the venue as if unwilling to leave, still glowing and chattering excitedly about the show they had just experienced. "Did you see her dancing the entire time?" shouted a middle-age mother to her group of friends, teenage daughters in tow. "It was flawless!" Other fans expressed similar sentiments. "Oh my God, that was hot," a male teen crowed to his similarly well-coiffed associates. “Janet is timeless, right?" Responses to the new album, however, were decidedly mixed. Words used by the crowd to describe her latest release ranged from "pretty good, but not great" to "disappointing." Read More...
If you think the tension is thick this week when Senator John McCain has lunch with his gone-rogue running mate Sarah Palin, can you imagine the eggshells people are walking on backstage at the Rock Witchu Tour? Thankfully, this time Janet Jackson's health isn't the problem. But she got some bad news on Monday when opening act LL Cool J's people announced that Uncle L was dropping out due to "scheduling conflicts." Hmm ...
Read more about LL Cool J's surprise departure from Janet's tour here.
Two weeks of concert cancellations ended last night in Washington, D.C., when Janet Jackson returned to the stage at the Verizon Center to resume her tour, which was sidelined by a mystery illness that's now been identified as vertigo. According to The Associated Press, Jackson, sporting a Mohawk, charged the stage amid fireworks and clouds of smoke, playing a bevy of her earliest hits, like "Pleasure Principle" and "What Have You Done for Me Lately."
We know, we've said it a few times before, but this time Janet Jackson's people swear it's for real. After staying off the road since September 29 with what has been described as a rare form of migraine that results in vertigo, Jackson is slated to hit the stage in Washington, D.C., tonight.
Read more about Janet Jackson resuming her Rock Witchu Tour here.
Janet Jackson's attempt to get her Rock Witchu Tour back on the road got derailed again over the weekend. Jackson, 42, who is suffering from an as-yet-undisclosed illness, was slated to resume her tour on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, after canceling six scheduled shows since September 29. But according to the casino's Web site, the singer was under "doctor's orders" not to play the show. The same message went up over the weekend on the site for the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, where Jackson was to play tonight.
Meanwhile, ABC News has speculated that perhaps it's not illness but a non-medical ailment that's plaguing Jackson: poor ticket sales.