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Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable World Tour Kicks Off Tonight; Producers Offer Insight into Forthcoming Album


Black Doll Inc.Janet Jackson is back.  Her Unbreakable World Tour begins tonight in Vancouver, Canada, supporting her forthcoming album of the same name, Janet’s first since 2009.  The massive, 69-show tour, which will see Janet hit North America, Hawaii and Japan, will wrap up March 9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Although no release date has been announced for the album, it’s expected this fall.  Now her long time producers, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, are revealing inside details about the making of the much-anticipated album.

For one thing, the pair tell Entertainment Weekly, the album and tour were conceived simultaneously. In fact, Jam says, in the final stages of working on the album, Janet would show up at the studio after working all day at rehearsals for the stage show.

The producers, who were behind Jackson’s biggest hits, including “That’s The Way Love Goes,” “Again” and “All for You,” say Unbreakable‘s lead single, “No Sleeep” featuring J. Cole, was something of an accident.

“’No Sleeep’ was basically called that because it was like five in the morning, and we had just completed a day of work and I was still awake, so I was playing around with some different stuff and came up with the skeleton of it,” Jam remembers.  The track sat on his computer, half remembered until Lewis came across it and played it back.  “Janet said, ‘Ooh, what’s that?’ I told her it was a track I did like two months ago,” Jam says. “Janet loved it — just the feeling that she got when she heard it is the feeling she wanted the fans to have. Just a warm, welcoming, sensual feel. But it was almost forgotten.”

Jam also says the album may surprise some long-time fans.  “I think it’s totally different from any of her other albums,” he says. “But it feels like her. At the end of the day, I go back to that. The thing about this album is there’s a lot of different places that it touches, but at the end of the day, it’s pure Janet.”

Here are Janet’s Unbreakable World Tour dates:

8/31 — Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
9/2 — Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
9/4 — Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
9/5 — Grande Prairie, Canada, Revolution Place
9/7 — Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre
9/8 —  Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
9/11 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
9/12 — Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
9/15 — Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
9/17 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheater
9/18 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/20 — Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
9/23 — Orlando, FL, Amway Center
9/24 — Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena
9/26 — Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheater
9/27 — Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater
9/29 — Memphis, TN, Fedex Forum
9/30 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
10/9 — Las Vegas, NV, AXS at Planet Hollywood
10/10 — Las Vegas, NV, AXS at Planet Hollywood
10/13 — San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/14 — San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/16 — Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
10/17 — San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
10/19 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
10/21 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/22 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/24 — Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena
10/25 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
10/27 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
10/29 — St Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
10/30 — Omaha, NE, Centurylink Center
11/1 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
11/3 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
11/4 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
11/6 — Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
11/12 — Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
11/13 — Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
11/15 — Honolulu, HI, Neal S. Blaisdell Center
11/19 — Osaka, Japan, INTEX Center
11/21 — Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena
11/22 — Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena
1/12 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
1/13 — Seattle, WA, KeyArena
1/15 — Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
1/16 — Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
1/19 — Tucson, AZ, Tucson Arena
1/21 — San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
1/23 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
1/24 — Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
1/27 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
1/29 — Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
1/30 — Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
2/1 — Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
2/2 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
2/5 — Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
2/6 — Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
2/17 — Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
2/19 — Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center
2/22 — Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
2/24 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
2/26 — Boston, MA, TD Garden
2/29 — Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena
3/1 — Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
3/3 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
3/4 — Winston-Salem, NC, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
3/6 — Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
3/8 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
3/9 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, BB&T Center

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