Fifty years after The Jackson 5 signed with Motown and came to Detroit for the first time -- famously performing for the label's roster around Berry Gordy's home swimming pool -- the city will honor the group with a street named after it. Well, one of its members, at least -- and possibly more.
Michael Jackson Ave. was announced Thursday for a block in Detroit's downtown, with an unveiling to take place during the second annual Detroit Music Weekend June 14-17. The surviving Jackson 5 brothers -- Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon -- will headline the festival and receive a key to the city. But Jackie and Marlon, on hand for the Thursday announcement, were surprised that the street was being named just for their late younger brother and indicated there might be a change.
Marlon told Billboard that the street was "supposed to be" named for the entire group and added that "I think it is going to be that. There was a mistake." A Detroit city ordinance requires any honorary street naming to be for an individual only, but sources said that talks were underway to allow for an exception to that. Festival founder and producer Vince Paul explained, "I'd like to do the other four brothers individually. It seemed appropriate to start with Michael because of his premature passing, so that's the first one we'll start with. But if I had my druthers there'll be [streets named for] Tito, Jackie, Marlon. That's where I'm going with it."
Fifty years after signing with Motown, The Jacksons are celebrating their anniversary with tours in 2018 and 2019, but eldest brother Jackie Jackson is also doing his own thing with his new record label, Critically Amused. Billboard met up with Jackson at a hotel in Brentwood, California, to talk about his new venture and his first two artists, Gold Lemonade and D.B.L. Check out the story on Billboard website and make sure to visit www.criticallyamused.com and follow Critically Amused on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud and Instagram.
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Tito Jackson announced that he is excited to join the Wolves Promotion Party in The Park on May 7th! Tito has been visiting and supporting the Wolverhampton Wanderers and Molineux stadium over the past year. To celebrate the promotion of the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tito is offering a gift for the fans: his song "We Made It" (from the solo debut album Tito Time) will be available to download for free on May 7th ONLY and will be released this month.
Fifty years on, Jermaine Jackson is still making music, but as he told CNNMoney Switzerland's Ana Maria Montero, it's just as important for him to share his vast experience with younger generations of singers. Aside from mentoring his own children, he recently took part in Kids Voice Switzerland as a jury member and performer. Watch the interview!
Read Jackie's interview for the Sunday Post, by Bill Gibb. JACKIE JACKSON says a short drive from his house is all it takes to bring music legend brother Michael to mind – and start the tears flowing. Jackie, eldest of the Jackson brothers, lives in Las Vegas where a Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson show is a massive attraction. So, even after nearly a decade since the Thriller star’s death in 2009, his image is still everywhere. “I still miss him very much,” Jackie, 66, tells iN10. “Every time I go to the Strip and stop at a red light, there’s a bus or a billboard with Michael’s face all over it. “It seems to happen without fail, seeing him right beside me. I say, ‘Hey, little brother’ and he says, ‘Hey, Jackie, what’s going on?’ “He’s always there with me and my eyes get teary, but with a smile.”
Jackie, who’ll be playing in Scotland with his brothers at Scotfest this summer, insists he’s so proud of the work his younger brother did. Jackie says Bruno Mars was working on some of Michael’s music earlier this year and it’s indicative of its staying power. “It’s still around because it’s great music,” he adds. “That’s what happens with great music, it lives on because that’s what people want to hear. “The songs put you in a happy state or in a sad state. There’s something for every mood.”
The Jacksons will be star attractions at Scotfest at the beginning of July. Boyzone, B*witched, Liberty X, Five and East 17 are among the other acts on the bill. Jermaine, Tito and Marlon will, as usual, be alongside Jackie on stage but having performed with Michael since his earliest childhood, he still feels the loss. “You never forget those days,” says Jackie. “We’ve been out there performing without him for years now but at any given time we know where he was going to be on that stage. “We feel the emotional vibration all the time. It gives us a big charge because he’d have given 110% and that’s what we try to do to. “No one could do what he did but we try to do the best we can knowing he’s up there on stage with us.” It’s as high-energy a routine as ever and Jackie admits he hits the gym to get in shape before taking to the road.
The workout sessions start at 5am as he has a full family life. He and third wife Emily have four-year-old twin boys, River and Jaylen, and Jackie gets back from his workouts to get them ready for school. “I love being a dad,” says Jackie. “They know every Jacksons song, every Janet Jackson song, every Michael Jackson song. They’re pretty sharp boys and can do all the routines. I watch them and reminisce as they’re doing all the things I used to do. “I can see myself in them when I was their age. I spend my days running after them. They like me to act as a big bear and chase them. “They keep me fit. It’s a great thing if you are an older dad as it keeps you sharp and active.”
Jackie insists he’s never lost his love of music and has his own label where he’s been working with a French duo called Gold Lemonade. “I love finding hot acts and seeing producers and record companies get interested in them.”
Jackie is no stranger to Scotland, both from big Jacksons tours and also from holiday visits. But with a nice lifestyle in Las Vegas – Celine Dion lives two doors away, Chris Tucker two doors the other way – isn’t there a temptation to put his feet up enjoy home life. “I don’t think like that,” he adds. “My boys love watching their uncles and myself performing. “Of course you like to be home with your kids but after a break I want to get right back out there. “It’s great exercise for me and it’s what we do best. I’m at my happiest when I’m on stage, especially when my family can be there too. “My wife is from Amsterdam so when we go to Europe she’ll come with the boys. “She’ll go and visit her family and friends and then we’ll all hook up.”
The Jacksons, Scotfest, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, July 6 & 7
For tickets, see scotfestuk.com
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Janet Jackson is extending her uber-successful tour with more shows. The pop icon says her State of the World Tour, which originally wrapped in December, will kick off new dates July 11 in Austin, Texas. Dates have also been added in Rogers, Arkansas; Cincinnati; Syracuse, New York; Hersey, Pennsylvania; Saratoga Springs, New York; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Raleigh; Charlotte; Miami; and Tampa. Tickets for the new dates go on sale Tuesday. Janet's State of the World Tour, which toured United States and Canada, was a critically acclaimed success. Janet will also play a number of music festivals this summer, including Essence, FYF, Panorama and Outside Lands.
|Janet Jackson||7 August||MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre||Tampa, FL||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||3 August||PNC Music Pavilion||Charlotte, NC||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||1 August||Coastal Credit Union Music Park||Raleigh, NC||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||29 July||Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater||Virginia Beach, VA||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||28 July||Randall's Island Park||New York, NY||United States||Panorama NYC Music Festival||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||26 July||Saratoga Performing Arts Center||Saratoga Springs, NY||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||20 July||Hershey Concerts||Hershey, PA||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||18 July||Lakeview Amphitheater||Syracuse, NY||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||15 July||Riverbend Music Center||Cincinnati, OH||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||13 July||Arkansas Music Pavilion||Rogers, AR||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||12 July||Exposition Park||Los Angeles, CA||United States||FYF Fest|
|Janet Jackson||11 July||Austin360 Amphitheater||Austin, TX||United States||Tickets|
|Janet Jackson||8 July||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans, LA||United States||ESSENCE Festival||Tickets|