The end of the 2000’s was not the best for Janet Jackson. After disagreements with her label, getting sick and cancelling a world tour in the middle of the Global Financial Crisis, Janet had to face one of the biggest shocks of her life: the death of her brother, Michael Jackson. maiores choques de sua vida: a morte de seu irmão, Michael Jackson.
Janet kept a low profile following his passing. However, on September 13th at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City, Janet made history on TV (again) by closing the tribute to Michael, performing ‘Scream’ for the first time next to the image of Michael on screen. The singer received a standing ovation from everyone at the Radio City Hall and the commotion on her face was visible.
Later that year, Janet would embark on a new project. On November 17th the second compilation from Janet was released worldwide: Number Ones (“The Best” in some countries), an album that featured 33 songs divided into two discs. Almost all of her #1 hits were there, either on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Dance/Club Play Songs etc.
The unreleased song was ‘Make Me’. The new track, produced by Janet and Darkchild, also hit #1 in the following January, making her the first act to have a Dance #1 in all decades from the 80’s to the 10’s. Away from the media since the end of the Rock Witchu Tour, Janet gave interviews and made numerous performances on the TV around the world. She opened the 2009 American Music Awards with an all-hit medley and did a special show at the Jingle Bell Ball in London.
One of the great moments of the “Number Ones Era” came in July 2010, when Janet headlined the Essence Music Festival. That year, Essence Magazine was celebrating 40 years and wanted to celebrate in style! Janet was the highlight of the opening night of the traditional festival, which takes place every year in New Orleans. The singer reunited with her dancers, band and choreographer for a show almost two-hours long, exclusively for the festival. Even though many things were recycled from her last tour, the concert had some new surprises and got rave reviews.
At the time, Janet also returned to the big screen, starring in ‘Why Did I Get Married Too? ‘, the sequel to the success of 2007 directed by her friend Tyler Perry, and also in a dramatic adaptation of the play ‘For Colored Girls’. The singer was also the face of two Blackglama campaigns and wrote her first book. Released in February of 2011, “True You” peaked at #1 on the bestseller list of The New York Times, under Hardcover Advice & Miscellanea.
But it was in November 2010 that the singer surprised everyone by announcing a world tour in celebration of the success of her latest compilation. Janet said she loved the experience of the Essence Music Festival and that of a private show she had done in New York and, therefore, she would like to connect with fans from all over the world once again. On a format very different from what she was used to, much smaller and more intimate, Janet traveled for 11 months with the Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour.
Loved by some, hated by others, the “Number Ones Era” brought Janet back to the spotlight and render new records and achievements to one of the greatest artists of recent decades. And coincidentally (or not), marked the end of several boycotts suffered by the singer due to the fiasco of the 2004 Super Bowl.