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Janet Jackson draws heat from PETA for promoting fur fashion line

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There are plenty of worthy candidates for "Grinch of 2011." But as far as the rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is concerned, the "Octomom" and Charlie Sheen don't hold a candle to Janet Jackson for her affiliation with fur fashion company Blackglama.

Now in her second year as the brand's celebrity spokesperson, Jackson is catching flak from the animal rights group, which voted her "Grinch of 2011." Along with bestowing the title on Jackson, PETA made some relativey hurtful (and pun-filled) comments about the pop star in a recent statment:

"When Janet Jackson had her infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' during the Super Bowl, at least the flesh that popped into view was her own," writes PETA's Jeff Mackey. "Unlike the stolen animal skins that she drapes herself with, which are as dead as her taste in fashion (not to mention her career). Ms. Jackson, you're just plain nasty."

Neither Jackson nor Blackglama has responded to PETA's harsh words.

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Photo: Janet Jackson   Credit: Ryan Pierse / Getty Images

Janet Jackson launches three-date stint at Gibson Amphitheatre with no frills, hits-heavy set

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Janet Jackson hadn’t surfaced on-stage and the house lights had yet to fall over the Gibson Amphitheatre on Thursday night when pandemonium erupted in the audience.

Flanked by a bevy of bodyguards, Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and older brothers Jermaine and Randy strolled to their seats as a cheering audience set off a continuous stream of flashes from cameras and cellphones and started to swarm the famous family. 

A closeby row began chanting “Michael! Michael! Michael!” with as many fans dressed in T-shirts emblazoned with the family’s departed king as they were in Janet branded tops. 

For a family that’s had every tragedy and triumph documented in front of the public eye, it wasn’t surprising that family members would show up to support Janet on the first of three sold-out dates in Los Angeles on her "Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour"  –- but the sighting (just one of a long string of celebs who dotted the audience, including cast members from her last films, “For Colored Girls” and “Why Did I Get Married,” and producer Babyface) was too much for fans as one girl within earshot squealed, “I can’t believe they are seating with us.”

With security forced to intervene and direct gawkers to their seats, Jackson emerged onstage in a white tank, jeans and military boots –- but not before playing two of her hits in tribute to the audience (fans from each city on the stint had the opportunity to vote on the selections). 

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Janet Jackson adds third Gibson Amphitheatre performance, after first dates sell out

Janet Janet Jackson is quickly becoming the hottest ticket of the year.

Her “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour” is now extending its run in Los Angeles to a third date. 

After tickets to the April 14 Gibson Amphitheatre sold out in less than 10 minutes, Jackson added an additional performance for April 15 -- which quickly sold out, as well.

Jackson and Live Nation have now added an additional Gibson Amphitheatre performance for Saturday, April 16.

The 35-city tour has also sold out multiple nights in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Washington,  D.C., and Atlantic City, N.J.,  as well as single nights in Atlanta and Santa Barbara. Her website sold more than 96% of the presale tickets for the North American tour on the first day of presales.  

Additional dates have also been added in Chicago, Toronto, New York, Washington, D.C.,  and San Francisco.

For this trek, Jackson has called on her fans to vote for the 35 cities (one for each of her 35 No. 1 hits) that would constitute the itinerary, with dates in Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila being the first to be announced.

"These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done. I will be as up close and personal as possible," Jackson said in a statement. "These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I'll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you've made number ones for me. Let's go!”

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
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Photo: Janet Jackson performs at the "American Idol" grand finale at the Nokia Theatre on May 26. Credit: Vince Bucci / Fox

Janet Jackson sells out Gibson Amphitheatre in less than 10 minutes, adds additional date

Janet_jackson_american_idol Janet Jackson fans really couldn’t wait to see the pop diva.

After tickets to the April 14 Los Angeles date of her newly announced "Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour" went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday morning, they sold out in less than 10 minutes, according to a spokesman for Live Nation.

To try to keep up with the demand, Jackson and Live Nation have added an additional Gibson Amphitheatre performance for Friday, April 15. 

Jackson previously made news when she broke Beyonce’s attendance record when headlining the 2010 Essence Music Festival. After selling out the Louisiana Superdome -- where the annual festival is held -- Jackson reportedly commanded the first-ever waiting list for the Festival with additional seats erected and sold behind the stage.

The "Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour" is her first tour since 2008’s brief "Rock Witchu Tour," which suffered numerous canceled dates due to poor ticket sales.

For this trek, Jackson called on her fans to vote for the 35 cities (one for each of her 35 No. 1 hits) that would constitute the itinerary, with dates in Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila being the first to be announced.

"These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done. I will be as up close and personal as possible," Jackson said in a statement. "These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I'll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you've made number ones for me. Let's go!”

Tickets for her second L.A. date are on sale through Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

— Gerrick D. Kennedy
twitter.com/GerrickKennedy

Photo: Janet Jackson performs on the finale of "American Idol." Credit: Courtesy of Fox

Janet Jackson to visit intimate venues in a bid to get 'up close and personal' with fans on new tour

Janet Janet Jackson fans have been clamoring for her return to the stage after her brief 2008 "Rock Witchu Tour" was marred with cancellations.

Despite releasing only a couple of singles over the past two years in favor of turning her attention to films, the pop icon wasn’t a stranger to the stage during that time; she performed on the finale of “American Idol,” paid tribute to her late brother, Michael, on the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 and headlined the 2010 Essence Music Festival — breaking attendance records.

Jackson is finally ready to reward patient fans waiting for her return with the "Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour," the U.S. leg of which will kick off in March, she announced Monday.

For the trek, Jackson called on her fans to vote for the 35 cities (one for each of her 35 No. 1 hits) that would constitute the itinerary, with dates in Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila  being the first to be announced.

The stateside trek kicks off March 7 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and wraps April 22-23 in Las Vegas. With a setlist culled exclusively from Jackson's 2009 greatest hits package, "Number Ones," and a focus on intimate venues, she promises fans a more revealed and personal experience.

"These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done. I will be as up close and personal as possible," Jackson said in a statement. "These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I'll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you've made number ones for me. Let's go!”

She also plans to pay tribute to 20 young leaders, as nominated by their peers.  At each concert the 20 chosen and the person who nominated them will be VIP guests of the show. She is also selecting the fan who is the first to submit an online vote for each of the selected cities. The winner will be announced on her website and will receive an autographed copy of “Number Ones” as well as an autographed copy of her upcoming book “True You.”

Her tour will roll through in Los Angeles on April 14 when she plays the Gibson Amphitheatre. Tickets for her L.A. date go on sale Friday through Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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