Note To Janet Jackson: Just Cancel The Concert Already!

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Janet Jackson Unbreakable Tour

OPINION – By now, many of Janet Jackson fans have heard the great news (well for some not so great, but we will get to that in a minute), that she is “postponing” her Unbreakable tour to start a family. When I heard the news, I thought it was great she is having a baby, and since this would be the 2nd time, Janet has reneged concerning her tour that I purchased tickets for, then, this time, I’m surely getting a refund right?

Well, there are some good news and bad news for those who purchased concert tickets. There were reports that Janet Jackson is not refunding those who bought tickets to her show through Ticketmaster. Well, social media was not playing that game with Mrs. Jackson. Sure, Janet is very iconic in every sense of the word and is music royalty, but that doesn’t mean Janet Jackson’s “Velvet Rope” will not get dragged all over social media by the millions with emphasis on those who purchased her concert tickets.

After a few days, the word is that Ticketmaster will be refunding tickets. I didn’t call Ticketmaster to seek a refund as of yet, but all of that remains to be seen.  Scanning social media, not everyone will receive their money back thanks to Janet Jackson’s use of the word “postponement”. The dilemma that I have and others are that not only did I purchased tickets through Ticketmaster, I also went and purchased a pair through StubHub. If one has any experience with StubHub, that means that if the artists don’t say an event is cancelled, but postponed then the ticket holder is stuck with the ticket(s).

I don’t know what planet Janet Jackson thinks we are on, but no one (unless one is a rabid fan) is going to sit here and wait for her to make up her mind when she decides to get back on the stage. Live Nation is reporting that the concert will take place in 2017, and therefore this is one of the reasons why Stubhub refuses to issue out refunds. Let’s be real; Janet isn’t going to get on that concert stage to say I love you, much less sing songs from her Unbreakable album and her greatest hits. By the time Janet hits the stage again, her baby will be 18-years-old and on his/her way to college.

Does Janet expect us to believe that she is either giving birth this year, or if she is even projected to have a baby in 2016 and get ready to hit the road and leave her freshly born baby in 2017, so she can parade around on the stage? We know good and damn well Janet is done, she isn’t coming back in 2017, it’s a wrap, so why not say the concert is cancelled so everyone can get their money back and not just some ticket holders?

Anything can happen in 2017, concerning those that can’t obtain a refund. Let’s see; death comes to mind, or other scenarios that will cause those who can’t make it.  What makes things more aggravating is that fans purchased tickets in 2015 and now they probably won’t see her until 2017 (don’t hold your breath). Janet needs to understand; people paid money (large amounts of money) to see her perform and are sick and tired of the postponements.

Do us all a favor Janet and show some integrity; we won’t think any less of you, but if you keep up with the shenanigans, you going to lose a lot of fans for being selfish. Many people can use that refund money to see El Debarge in concert for instance (no shade, just being honest he is performing soon) or attend another event. Now it’s beyond ridiculous now, after so many delays and it’s best just to announce a cancellation.  I don’t think the avoidance of using the word cancellation has anything to do with keeping people’s money (she is already a billionaire) it is to save face because her concert ticket and Unbreakable music sales were already dismal.

Janet Jackson needs to stop playing with fans money and get with the program and use the word cancellation. If not, she is risking hurting her legacy as the curtain draws to a close to her past illustrious career. I guess, she rather risks that, than to appease her fans who supported her for decades.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?

 

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Would Michael Jackson Have Done a Song With Timberlake?

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Michael and Justin TimberlakeOPINION-Sony music has released XSCAPE, a posthumous Michael Jackson album and the first single featuring Justin Timberlake was “Love Never Felt So Good”, which has been on the radio for quite some time with a video to match. My gripe is why of all singers was Justin Timberlake selected to be on a record with Michael? Timberlake act like he was always in the Jackson camp and supported them 100% when things hit the fan so to speak. Did we forget the Timberlake and Janet Jackson, “exposing of the breast” fiasco occurred during the Superbowl? Did we forget that Timberlake, practically left Janet out to dry and literally threw up the deuces as a consolation prize?

When Michael was alive, he was very meticulous whom he allowed to be featured on his music in the first place. From Heavy D, Biggie Smalls (twice, more than any other artist), Paul McCartney, his own sister; he didn’t have a lot of duets. I am confident Timberlake wouldn’t be selected if Michael would be alive today. More than likely, he probably would have picked someone like Beyonce if the opportunity would have presented itself – since it is well documented in interviews that he admired her and her music.

I’m just sick and tired of Timberlake as a whole, acting like he is the new Prince of Pop and R&B music, and all he did was Elvis Presley the genre. There aren’t any other talented singers out there that could have been a guest on MJ’s album, which is on record that MJ would have done a song with? This is what takes place when Timbaland is allowed to produce tracks, when all he does is throws Timberlake down one’s collective throats. Timbaland can’t seem to produce anything without Timberlake on it; it is starting to become quite repulsive. All those great beats should be now called the Timbaland-lake beats. Where is Mr. Magoo? I rather hear him for a minute (no matter how annoying), than another track with Timberlake on it. Timbaland and guys like Pharell are part of the problem as to why R&B music is being hijacked with artists that are the embodiment of the Elvis Presley syndrom, but I’ll digress.

We should have learned when Drake tried to embed his brand with Aalyiah’s, and we all know how that turned out with cascade of boos. The music executives need to stop placing artists with other artists who are no longer with us, and act as if a duet would have been possible when they were still alive. Some artists do not fit with everyone’s brand and in Michael’s case he shouldn’t have a “swagger” jacker all in the videos, like Suge Knight would say trying to build up his own legacy at MJ’s expense.

When a legendary artists passes, especially at a young age. The music industry should be mindful, who they pair them up with in future work before doing it. I do understand that this is a business and anything to make money, will always place common sense on the back burner. I just wish we stop throwing just anyone with artists, especially one of the masters in Michael.

-Ms Scripter 

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?

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Janet Jackson Broke My Heart

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Janet JacksonSince I was a little girl, I watched the Jacksons, especially Michael and Janet. Whenever their music videos would come on, I would go in the living room and try to learn the choreography and practice it. I have gathered many injuries for the trouble, especially trying to implement Janet Jackson’s Pleasure Principle dance moves, from the video. When I tried to imitate the move Janet did with the chair, it cost me a lip contusion, a bruised ego, and infinite teasing from family members. At the end of the day, no one could not tell me I was not a Jackson.

Janet performed in NYC and I missed it, at Madison Square Garden in 1993 on New Year’s Eve. I went to Times Square with a friend to watch the ball dropped (never again), but I remember Janet coming up on the big screen performing, “Because of Love”. I said to myself, that I am going to see her live one day, since I never got the opportunity to see her brother Michael before he passed. Janet along with Michael took stage presence to a whole entire level.

Well now I have come to the realization that seeing Janet in concert will probably never happen. Janet was recently married to billionaire Wissam Al Mana, left the music industry, converted to Islam, and left the United States – now residing in the Middle East.

This is all Jermaine Dupri fault! I mean honestly, if Janet did not release that sorry excuse for an album entitled, Discipline since he was part of the production along with Rodney Jerkins; she probably would have still be in the industry. That one escaped breast did not help during the Superbowl (hi Justin Timberlake) since a lot of her fan based turned on her. Lastly, I do not know why Janet and Dupri broke up, but now she ran into the arms of a Billionaire who already has a zillionwives.

I’m not going to lie; I’m disappointed, but I wish Janet well. Even if her decision to quit the industry is permanent I’m still happy that her body of work has already cemented her legacy as one of the best live performers that have ever done it. Furthermore, the artists of today would be lying if they said part of their style was not crafted after Janet and that is evident in Beyonce’s live performances, which is one of Bey’s strong suits.

Thanks Janet for the memories and as a stan, I mean a fan, my heart is broken, but at least I can always playback “Pleasure Principle” and try that move with the chair one more time, well on second thought – maybe not. I guess the video will do.

-Ms Scripter

Just blogging for the masses, ya dig?

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Old School Video of the Week: Janet Jackson – “What Have You Done For Me Lately” – Dick Clark Tribute

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We lost another icon yesterday, who was not only a part of my child hood, but was essential for pop culture that spanned over 5o years in Dick Clark – who passed away of a heart attack at the age of 82. Being an 80’s baby one had to be living under a rock if you didn’t watch American Bandstand growing up, from the performances of The Jackson 5, Debarge, Madonna, and more notably Janet Jackson.

Dick Clark broke color barriers not only with the artist that he showcases, but with the dancers who were allowed to perform along with whites, where images of integration were rarely seen on television at the time.

With that being said, the old school video of the week is Janet Jackson’s performance of “What Have You Done for Me Lately”, on American Bandstand off her classic Control album.

Rest in peace Dick Clark you left an impeccable legacy with not just American Bandstand, but all the other shows you placed your fingerprint on. From New Years Rock and Eve, The American Music Awards, etc – and provided us with everlasting entertainment where we will be discussing for decades to come.

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