Janet Jackson Talks Upcoming Book, 35-City Tour and Next Album

After a successful 2010, R&B singer Janet Jackson has a busy 2011 ahead of her. Kicking off the year will be a 35-city tour to celebrate 35 hit singles. The trek will see the “Nothing” singer performing in smaller, intimate venues chosen by fans who have voted on her website Janetjackson.com. Jackson says the votes have been pouring in, from as far afield as Singapore and Hong Kong. On tour, which is expected to start in January, Jackson will perform hits like “Nasty,” “Control” and “Nothing.” “I did a performance in New York not that long ago at Radio City [Music Hall], a private performance, and it was really, really intimate. And I had so much fun,” Janet tells The Envelope. “I said, This is it. This would be the way to go. Really be able to be up close. And to let the fans choose where they want me to go. And the response has been crazy.” Following the tour start, Jackson will release her first book, “True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself,” now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. “It’s a self help book, not an autobiography,” she says. “There are anecdotes stemming from my childhood until today. It’s just my stories. I also have stories from fans who have let me in there as well, so maybe they can relate and know they are not alone.” Co-authored by David Ritz, “True You” will trace many of Jackson’s issues, including eating disorder and her upbringing. As far as a new album, Jackson is in no rush but says she will find time to “fit it in while on tour.” “No rush, no deadlines, just create, see what I’m feeling, see where the music goes,” she says. “I want to see where I am in my life at that moment.”

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