Fox News gets at Janet Jackson with a few points of interest she should pay attention if she ever wants to regain her thrown as the Queen of Pop.
We've all heard by now that the Jacksons are planning one big tour-- Janet and Michael included.
Well, Roger Friedman over at FOX looks at the last few years of Miss Jackson's career and offers some advice. Here are some highlights from his article.
-Jackson's last two albums, Damita Jo (Virgin) and 20 Y.O. (Virgin) didn't flop soley to bad publicity: they flopped because they were boring. Jackson's been harping about how sexy and alluring she is for the past decade, and the schtick is getting stale.
-Janet Jackson has worked almost exclusively with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for over 20 years. The trio has create some of the most intriguing dance music ever. Unfortunately, their collaboration has shown its age lately. Jam and Lewis are still very talented individuals, though aside from Jackson, their work hasn't been all that heralded and they haven't been able to produce the same magic and chemistry with other artists that they've managed with Jackson. She also should look to someone else to revitalize her sound. There was a moment of brilliance with Damita Jo with a pair of tracks created by Kanye West.
-Finally, the main thing Jackson should remember is that her strength lies in good pop music; so it's disheartening to hear her sing over canned, stale crunk beats. She should go back to her roots (as she claimed she has in the prehype for her last album) to dance-pop. As mentioned she should look to new producers, but should find some sympathetic pop maestros, instead of trying to fashion herself as an R&B singer, which she never really was.
A good suggestion would be to hook up with former Madonna-producer, William Orbit (I can imagine the results would be magical). She should also find the Pet Shop Boys' number.
-With American Life, detractors joyfully called Madonna's career over; others did the same with Mariah Carey after Glitter. Both singers have since returned to record sales comparable to their salad days; Jackson can still recover from the missteps, if she just takes care to overhaul her image and her sound. She should ditch the oversexed horny-babe look, because she shouldn't try so hard to compete with women who half her age (or even half her career's age). Ciara and Rhianna wouldn't exist without Jackson, and instead of trying to match them with carnality, she should instead trump them with class and intelligence.
Soulman says.... as much as I talk shit, Janet Jackson isn't to be counted out. Plain and simple.
I've speculated in private conversations that if Janet and Jermaine knew trouble was lurking at Virgin then they saved their best work for her post Virgin life. Janet is a legend and Jermaine is no fool. I say sit and wait....