RollingStone.com and a number of other publications have reported that the Janet Jackson tour ended due to a bout of migraine induced vertigo which initially led to several canceled dates. Now, the pop star has decided to cancel all of the postponed dates instead of rescheduling them, bringing the tour to a sudden end.
This news comes right as opening act LL Cool J departed from the tour due to Janet Jackson's postponement of her other shows. Performances in Montreal, Boston and Philadelphia totaling seven shows have been canceled while there are reports that her management team is blaming scheduling conflicts and not her poor health.
It is unclear whether fans will receive refunds for any advance ticket purchases for the now canceled tour by Janet Jackson. Live Nation, the tour organizer has removed tour dates from its websites, although fans who have seen shows in Los Angeles, Texas and New York have posted rave reviews for the "Rock Witchu" tour that has now been canceled.
Janet is the youngest of pop music's Jackson family. Born May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, Janet has spent most of her life in the entertainment spotlight. In the beginning, she was in the shadow of superstar brothers the Jackson 5 (later the Jacksons), and then big brother Michael Jackson, Janet sought to carve out her own persona. With the credit of savvy advisers and production creativity, Janet became known as a pop-funk diva from the late 80s and into the early 90s. Her live performances while on tour were well worth the price of admission. This canceled tour is sure to leave fans wondering and waiting.
Never afraid to through sexuality into her dance moves and music, Janet Jackson created a stir with the release of her Janet album in 1993, where she explored embraced her own sexuality. Questions were raised, but never answered, that Janet was lesbian, or even bisexual. This only added to the pop star's allure and mystery. She broke records with ticket sales to the tour, and album sales followed. She became one of the most sought after pop performers, only falling behind big brother Michael. Her poor health comes as a shock to fans and media alike, even amid rumors that the tour was really canceled due to poor ticket and album sales.
Janet is ranked as one of the top ten best-selling music artists in the history of contemporary music by Billboard magazine. She has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States with 26 million certified albums sold. The now canceled tour was slated to become one that fans would talk about for a long time.
In July 2007, Janet Jackson changed record labels and inked a deal with Island Records. Her tenth studio album, "Discipline," was released in February 2008, by the Island Def Jam Music Group, debuting on the Billboard 200 at number one. "Discipline" was the first album on which Jackson did not co-write any of the material since her 1984 release "Dream Street." Janet Jackson's poor health has never caused her to cancel a tour until now.