New Album. New Body. Same Burning Desire.
This is the one that always wants to pop out, says Janet Jackson of what is possibly the most famous right breast in the world. Look, its trying to pop out of my bra right now! With that the singer weve watched grow from Americas Little Sister to international sex bomb dips into her black bra to adjust the frisky bosom that forever seared the term, wardrobe malfunction, into the lexicon.
Sometimes, I really dont understand America the youngest Jackson sighs of the post-Super Bowl Nipplegate brouhaha. In Europe the body is celebrated. I mean, its a beautiful thing that God created.
Certainly, He did nice work when it comes to Miss Jackson. With her new CD, 20 Years Olda collection that includes a duet with Mariah Carey and celebrates the two decades of pop superstardom begun when Jackson first joined forces with her songwriter/producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, on 1986s Controlthe 54 Jackson is again sporting both her trademark six-pack abs and mile-wide-smile (A lot fits in that mouth, Miss Jackson If Youre Nasty cant help but confess) after having gained and lost a whopping 80 pounds in the last year (pounds gained, she says, for a film role that, due to scheduling conflicts, didnt pan out). Shes also very happy with her 20 Years Old co-producer, hip-hop titan, Jermaine DuPri.
Hes making me feel like a woman and Ive never felt like that before, she says of Dupri, who, at 33, is seven years younger than the just-turned-forty-but-still-feels-twenty Jackson. I would have Jermaines child. He lets me be who I am.
Which, as it turns out, is a funny, forthright chick whos both good as gold and bad to the bone. I love receiving and giving loveI want to make people happy and bring joy to their lives, she says in one breath. The next, however, finds her reflecting on the near future when shell be touring the 20 Years Old album around the world. At each live appearance, Jackson, traditionally, brings some lucky horndog on stage for a steamy, personal lap dance. And that, Janet confesses, is my favorite part of the show. Then with a wicked grin she defends herself. Hey, Im just doing my job. And its a fun job to do.
Gentleman, Janet is back.
YOU EVER DO THAT JOB FOR YOUR MAN, JANET?
HOW NASTY IS MS. JACKSON? HOW MUCH DO YOU NEEND IT?
TO QUOTE SOME OF YOUR SONG LYRICS, YOU WANT IT EARLY IN THE MORNING
YOU FEEL THAT WAY EVEN AS A MORE, UH, FULL-FIGURED WOMAN?
YOU SAY IT WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN?
THINK YOU MEAN YOUR FORMER FAT. ANYWAY, WHEN YOU WERE A BIG GAL YOUR CHEST
MUST HAVE INFLATED A BIT.
NOW YOURE RIPPED. LOOK AT THOSE ABS OF YOURS.
BUT DO GUYS DO IT, TOO?
DO YOU LIKE THAT?
ON THE NIGHT.
DO YOU THINK MONOGAMY IS A MUST?
HOW DO YOU KEEP IT FRESH WHEN YOURE AWAY ON A LONG TOUR?
Basically, yes. (laughs) With the little ticklers. And the girls are, like, Oh, my god, this is the besta lifesaver! Cause when youre on the road you need all that kind of stuff.
AS A 40-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ACTIVITY THAT LEAVES 20-YEAR-OLDS
IN THE DUST?