Le sigh. Janet Jackson is having the worst year imaginable. From having boyfriend Jermaine Dupri throwing up on her lap after drinking Jay-Z’s specialty booze to having to live down an older brother who constantly invents reunion tours out of thin air…it’s clearly been a rough escapade for Miss Jackson. To make it worse, Janet has quietly announced a few weeks ago that she has canceled all upcoming (and rescheduled) dates on her RockWitChu Tour. Presently, Janet fans are having a difficult time. It’s tough explaining the wayward career actions the singer has taken over the course of five years to their fellow peers. (Once I spent 30 minutes explaining to my Dad on the phone why Discipline flopped…I’m dedicated like that.) Maybe it’s time we can figure out ways to help her get back to the basics. Here are my suggestions, may Janet take these into consideration…
1. Ditch JD and bring back Jam & Lewis
Jermaine Dupri is a good producer, but he didn’t do jack diddle for Janet musically. When Janet recruited Jermaine (and started dating him) in 2004, Jermaine became Janet’s personal kryptonite as almost everything he touched, turned into mush on the charts. While a handful of JD tracks were worthy of hit status, it really bruised Janet fans when Jam & Lewis were “cast aside” for 2008’s Discipline. Even though it seems kind of old hat to recruit Jam & Lewis these days, but maybe if Janet just gave them a ring and put JD in the doghouse for awhile, something cool will be resurrected.
Read the rest of Soul Bounce’s excellent article on Janet here.