Her wardrobe may malfunction from time to time, but Janet Jackson is an unbreakable act. Her 1989 album, Rhythm Nation 1814, helped popularize socially conscious music while her sexual provocation sparked controversy with conservatives. Despite her brother’s towering status, the youngest Jackson child was never overshadowed by her family name. She established herself as a music icon and sex symbol in her own right, one of Madonna's only legitimate contenders for the title "Queen of Pop."
It’s been four years since Janet hit the stage and seven since she released her last album, Discipline. But this May, she announced: "I promised you'd hear it from my lips. And now you will. This year, new music, new world tour, a new movement. I’ve been listening. Let's keep the conversation going.”
The Unbreakable World Tour brings Janet back on stage starting August 1 and to Miami on September 20. But this significance is beyond song and dance. Her upcoming album will be released through BMG and her new label Rhythm Nation — a worldwide partnership that makes Janet the first female African-American recording artist to form her own record label.
The 36-date tour will take the 49-year-old artist through the United States and Canada — from Vancouver to Miami.
But in an odd corporate partnership, Janet and her team have paired with American Express to grant AE cardholders access to tickets before the general on-sale date. If you’re an AE Card Member — or love Janet enough to become one right now — you can purchase tickets until June 19 at 10 a.m. Then you can brag to all your friends about how you have tickets already and they don’t, and, "Nah nah nah boo boo, I may see Janet’s left boob!"
Janet performs in Miami on September 20 at American Airlines Arena. But if you love her more than Justin Timberlake loves ripping people's boobies out, you can also catch her in Orlando on September 23 and Tampa on the 24th. Hell, might as well road-trip to Atlanta for the 26th and Nashville for the 27th too. That's what a true fan would do.
You can see the rest of Jackson's tour dates and locations on her website, janetjackson.com.
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Dyllan Furness is Miami New Times' "foreign" correspondent. After earning a degree in philosophy from the University of Florida, he crossed the pond and dove into music, science, and technology from Berlin.