The one and only Janet Jackson joins Josie on the plush Plus sofas for a chat backstage at TOTP.....!
Josie: You are back with a new single and album, both called ‘All For You’, and a great new look? Is this the new Janet?
Janet: Yeah, but it’s not really a conscious effort. I am just in a different space in my life. And there have been changes in my life since the ‘Velvet Rope’. So I guess you could say that it’s the new me. There is a sense of freedom there!
Josie: I have been reading a lot about what you have saying lately and the words ‘liberated’ and ‘free’. How are you enjoying it? Do you go out a lot more? Have friends over?
Janet: I do. Lots of sleep-overs. Hang out with my friends a lot more. Friends tell me I am a lot more outgoing than I used to be. It’s really different. I am just enjoying life the way it is supposed to be enjoyed.
Josie: The new track ‘All For You’. Was this an obvious choice as the second single from the new album?
Janet: It just really stood out to me as being something that is very crossover. I guess you could say it is very ‘pop’ as well as very ‘urban’. I like the song a lot!
Josie:Do you choose exclusively which is the new single?
Janet: Well I did with this one. And then everyone has their pick, saying what this should be or that should be. Ultimately the final say is mine. But I just thought it would be nice for a single from the actual album. Something that both sides could enjoy - hopefully!
Josie: The album is coming out and you have worked with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis again. I was reading that you felt that your friendship had come together again with those guys as well. Was it a brilliant studio experience for you?
Janet: It always is. But with things being so different in my life now they are family for me. I didn’t realise how much I had missed the closeness until this time around being in the studio with them. And we have gotten closer, Jimmy and I especially, than ever before. Like it used to be when we did ‘Control’. And that was really nice!
Josie: There is a tour coming. Will we get to see you in the UK?
Janet: Yes! In November and December we are coming to Europe. So exactly when we will be in the UK, I'm not sure.
Josie: How do you pick your set list from all the songs you have got now?
Janet: I just try to put everything in the show. I really do because every show that I have done, I always leave something out. It is really difficult to fit everything in. And the kids always mention those songs that you wind up leaving out!
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