Janet Jackson will be making her first TV appearance in 14 years this Friday (August 17), performing a brand new single live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Jackson will be playing ‘Made For Now’ with contributions from Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee. It’s her first new material since 2015’s acclaimed Unbreakable album.
In the meantime she’s given birth to her first child, and embarked on her mammoth ‘State of the World’ tour.
While performing at New Orleans’ Essence Fest last month, Jackson paid emotional tribute to her late father during her first show since his death.
“Quite honest, it was really hard for me,” Jackson reportedly told the crowd. “I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to move forward, if I should cancel this festival or cancel the entire tour.”
In May, she spoke out in support of the #MeToo movement at the Billboard Music Awards, where she was the first black woman ever to receive the ‘Icon’ award.
“I believe that, for all of our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” she said, referencing the recent wave of #MeToo allegations which have shaken the entertainment industry.
“At long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused,” the star said. “I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination, who support us in heart and mind.”
Shortly beforehand the pop heavyweight recently described her forthcoming new music. “I’m very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me,” Jackson said.
“This morning, I saw this lovely elderly Japanese woman walking down the streets of Hollywood wearing an adorable bonnet with bright red flowers. She might be a song.”
“I can’t decide in advance what a song or an album concept will be. I have to let those songs and concepts come to me rather than chase them down.”