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Call me Miss Jackson

Mohamad Kadry (kadry@khaleejtimes.com) / 13 September 2011

Janet Jackson, the legend and icon, will finally be giving UAE fans what they’ve long been waiting for

For many of her die-hard Middle East fans, October 13 will be the day they’ve long been waiting for.

The iconic singer and actress Janet Jackson will bring her ‘Number Ones, Up Close and Personal Tour’ to Abu Dhabi when she opens the Yas Island Show Weekends season.

After months of speculating which cities would be included on her international tour, Jackson added Abu Dhabi to the schedule to the delight of her legions of fans who’ve waited decades to see her perform here.

Having sold over 100 million records, Jackson is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music, paving the way for pop stars such as Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

In a recent interview, Rihanna said Jackson was one of the first female pop icons that she could relate to.

“She was so vibrant, she had so much energy. She still has power. I’ve seen her on stage, and she can stand there for 20 minutes and have the whole arena scream at her. You have to love Janet,” she said.

The Rhythm Nation singer said this tour would differ from her previous concert schedules in that she would only perform music exclusively from her chart topping CD Number Ones.

“These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done.  I will be as up close and personal as possible, she said.

“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 one for me,” she added.

Jackson, baby sister of the late King of Pop, has previously visited the region as early as 2009 when she attended the Grand Prix Ball in the capital. In recent years, the 45-year-old has put much of her focus on acting, starring in films that have had critics lauding her comedic and emotionally evocative performances.

A spokesperson for the show says that the Janet Jackson concert will only be the debut of a series of surprise announcements this month around the Yas Island Show Weekends season.


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