By Andrea Bosco Stehle
Music veteran and the Unbreakable Janet Jackson returns to the stage for over 100 shows through 2016.
She has sold more than 160 million records worldwide, and she has scored six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. Ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music, her arsenal includes an extensive catalogue of hits, such as, “All for You,” “Nasty,” “Rhythm Nation,” and “Together Again.” You know who I’m talking about. “It’s Janet — Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.”
Jackson brings her Unbreakable World Tour to CONSOL Energy Center on February 6. After taking a considerable career hiatus, this is her first tour and album release since 2008. “She is a better writer, she is a better producer, and she is a better vocalist. I just think you get better at your craft,” explains long-time collaborator Jimmy Jam. “Terry [Lewis] and I obviously have a lot of successful records with her, and we really appreciate it now even more so. To be back together with her is wonderful and we do not take it for granted.”
The pair has teamed up with Jackson on nine Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 tracks, including “Doesn’t Really Matter” and “That’s the Way Love Goes,” and produced her breakthrough album, Control, in 1986 for which they won a Grammy Award. “Over the 30 years, she has become a very insightful songwriter,” says Lewis. “That is one of the most precious things about her because it allows her to really verbalize what she feels. Her albums reflect on what she is feeling at the time of them being created.”
He adds, “Janet did not make an album for close to 10 years because she probably did not have anything to say. She has spent her entire life in the music industry and entertainment business, and if entertainment is your only life then you do not have time to experience anything else in the world. It is not that it has taken so long, it has just taken as long as it has needed.” Like a fine wine, she’s admirable and timeless.
For tickets to her Pittsburgh performance, visit ticketmaster.com.
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