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Forever Ms. Jackson: Though she's not popular today in the same way as the standard teen pop tart, she rules anyway. Sure, she's had rough spells. But she has also spent an ample amount of time on top, even without her top on.
And right now she's on the road. Her tour kicked off in February in the Philippines, and it has done phenomenally well. But it has also been an occasionally troubled ride. A show at the Indiana State Fair was canceled after the stage collapsed and killed five people. And part of her Australian tour was rescheduled so she could attend the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the man eventually convicted of manslaughter in her brother Michael's death.
His passing in particular has been a terrible ordeal for her. In a recent Dateline interview with Meredith Vieira, she said, "I was his little sister. I had his back." In 1995, as the press bore down on him, she collaborated with her big brother to create "Scream," a fuck-you to the media. And last year, she told Oprah that she still thinks about him every day.
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Janet Jackson's Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour, , 9 p.m. Monday, December 5, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $69.50 to $225 plus fees via livenation.com. All ages.
Yet even through tragic times, she endures. Confronting personal struggles with her weight and her father, she just published True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, which she calls a self-help book. It's also rumored she'll appear on the big screen in The Savoy King: Chick Webb & the Music That Changed America. There's even gossip that she and beau Wissam Al Mana, a Qatari businessman, are engaged.
So, yes, things are apparently going swimmingly for Ms. Jackson. She's as strong and feminine as ever. And though she might not be signing another record-breaking Virgin Records contract in the near future, we'll never stop listening to her, no matter how soft the volume of her voice. And we'll never stop loving her, no matter how many nipples slip past the censors.