The Velvet Rope years : 1997-1999

1997

January : Janet & Rene go to Minneapolis to start working on the new album with Lewis & Jam but they decide to fly back to California because of the bad weather.

January 21 : Katherine’s father, Prince Scruse, dies at the age of 90 years old.

February 13 : Debbie Rowe gives birth to Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, first child of Michael, at the Cedar Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles.

Late February : Michael hosts a Jackson Family Day at Neverland to introduce Prince to the clan. Janet who is in studio in Minneapolis can’t attend the party. LaToya is not invited.

June 27 : The stormy six-year marriage of singer LaToya Jackson and manager Jack Gordon is officially over. Jackson was granted her divorce Tuesday in Clark County Family Court.

July 13 : Janet & Rene offer a special preview of 4 songs from the new album during a fan meeting.

July 29 :  Janet & Rene attend Wayne Morris Birthday Party.

August :  Janet completes the recording of the “Velvet Rope” album.

She auditions the new Kids which include Tina, Shawnette, Kelly, Nikki and a 17 years old dancer named Gil Duldulao who will eventually become Janet’s choreographer and best friend.

Janet shoots the video for “Got Til It’s Gone” directed by Mark Romance.

August 20 :  Janet graces the cover of Jet magazine.

The single “Got Til It’s Gone” is released to radios.

September : Latoya visits Janet at her Malibu beach house and the two sisters reconnect after 9 years apart.

September 3 : Janet & Rene attend a listening party of the “Velvet Rope” album in NYC with many celebrities in attendance including Naomi Campbell & Lisa Marie Presley (who makes a cameo on one of the interludes).

September 4 : The video for “Got Til It’s Gone” is premiered on MTV.

Janet & Rene attend the 4th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City where Janet presents an award to Mark Romanek.

September 5 :Janet attends the Third Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica where Maya Angelou presents her with the Lena Horne Awards during the Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards (with Katherine, Rene & Jimmy Jan in the audience) in Santa Monica.

September 9 : Janet & Rene attend a “Velvet Rope” Listening Party at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City with Katherine & the 3T among others.

September 16 : Janet, Rene & the Kids arrive in London.

September 17 : Janet unveils her wax statue at the Rock Circus and later she tapes two performances of Got Til It’s Gone for Top Of The Pops (which airs on September 20).

September 19 : Janet, Rene & the Kids attend a Velvet Rope Listening Party in London.

September 22 : “Got Til It’s Gone” is released as the 1st single from ” The Velvet Rope”. The song is not released as a commercial single in the US, making it ineligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 and several other charts under the chart rules that existed at that time.

September 24 : In Paris Janet & the Kids perform Got Til It’s Gone at Graines de Star TV show on M6.

September 25 : Janet is a guest on french TV show Nulles Part Ailleurs on Canal + but she doesn’t perform.

October 3 :  Janet & her entourage fly back to NYC.

October 6 : The “Velvet Rope” album is released in Europe.

Janet gives an interview to Bill Bellamy live from Times Square on MTV Live.

October 7 : The “Velvet Rope” album is released in the US.

Janet makes a CD signing session at the Virgin Megastore on Times Square.

October 17 : Janet performs Together Again on Top of The Tops in London, England.

Early November : Janet goes to Chicago with Rene & the Kids to tape an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She also performs “Got Til It’s Gone” & “Together Again”. During the interview Janet reveals that she has not seen not spoken to Michael since december 1995.

November 8 : Janet performs “Got Til It’s Gone” on Hey Hey It’s Saturday TV Show in Melbourne, Australia.

November 16 : Janet performs “Got Til It’s Gone” on HEY! HEY! HEY! MUSIC CHAMP in Tokyo, Japan.

November 19 : The Oprah Winfrey Show episode with Janet airs on TV.

Late November/Early December : “Together Again” is released as the 2n single from “The Velvet Rope”. It peaks at #1 on Hot 100 Billboard. Janet, Rene & the Kids go back to Europe to promote the single :

-Paris (France) : Janet performs Got Til It’s Gone on Les Années Tubes (TF1) which airs on November 25. She also performs Got Til It’s Gone and Together Again on Hit Machine which airs on M6 on December 14 and another performance of Together Again which airs on M6 on December 31.

-Hilversum (Netherlands) : Janet performs Together Again on TROS TV Show which airs on November 27.

-Rome (Italy)  : Janet performs Together Again on Fantastico 8 which airs on November 29.

-London (England) : Janet performs Together Again on Smash Hits Poll Winners Party 1997 which airs on November 30.

-Madrid (Spain) : Janet performs Together Again on Sorpresa, ¡Sorpresa! which airs on December 11. She also performs Got Til It’s Gone and Together Again on Música sí which airs on December 12 and another performance of Together Again which airs on Turrón y… cuenta nueva on December 31.

-Berlin (Germany) : Janet performs Together Again on Nur Die Liebe Zählt which airs on December 13.

-Maimarkthalle, Mannheim (Germany) : Janet performs Together Again on Wetten, dass..? which airs on December 13.

December : Janet is on the cover of Ebony magazine with new pictures and a new interview where she reveals that she recently reconnected with LaToya.

December 20 : Enid Spann Jackson, Jackie’s ex wife and mother of their children Siggy & Brandi tragically dies of a brain aneurysm in a movie theater bahhroom. The Jackson family gather at Hayvenhurst to support Siggy & brandi.

1998

January : Janet shoots the video for “I Get Lonely” directed by Paul Hunter and featuring the Blackstreet.

January 26 :  Janet attends the American Music Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where she performs  “Together Again” in a R&B version.

February : Michael & Janet see each other for the first time since December 95 in a Los Angeles hotel and MJ introduces her to his son Prince.

February 26 : Janet tapes a piano/vocal performance of “I Get Lonely” on the Rosie O Donnell Show and Rosie presents her with the Grammy Award she won the night before.

“I Get Lonely” is released as the 3rd single from “The Velvet Rope”. It peaks at #3 on Hot 100 Billboard.

February 27 : Janet attends the Soul Train Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where she performs “I Get Lonely”.

March :  Janet & the Kids rehearse for the new tour in Los Angeles .

Janet gives an interview to BET from her Malibu beach home.

March 3 : An order is entered by District Judge Carl J. Christensen at Clark County, Nevada dissolving the marriage between LaToya and Jack Gordon and awarding LaToya royalties and property.

March 10 : In NYC, Janet gives an interview on CNN’s Larry King Lve.

At night she & Rene attend the Blockbuster Awards in L.A where Janet is presented with an award.

Late March : Janet shoots the video for “Go Deep” in Los Angeles and after she flies to Europe with Rene & the kids to resume the tour rehearsals

April 3 : Debbie Rowe gives birth to Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, second child of Michael, at the Spalding Pain Medical Clinic of Beverly Hills.

Early April : Janet, Rene & the Kids have dress rehearsals in L.A and they fly to Rotterdam Netherland.

April 4 : Janet performs I Get Lonely at the TMF Awards in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

April 17 + 18 : Janet kicks off her Velvet Rope Tour at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

April 19 : Janet gives a concert at the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium.

April 22 : Janet performs a private show at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in Brunei, South East Asia by request of Princess Hamidah of the Brunei royal family. An exclusive audio recording of the show is issued to attendees of Hamidah’s twenty-first birthday party.

April 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Frankenhalle in Nürnberg, Germany.

April 29 : Janet gives a concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris France.

May 1 : Janet gives a concert at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.

May 3 : Janet gives a concert at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.

May 5 : Janet gives a concert at the Forum in Milan, Italy.

May 7 : Janet gives a concert at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.

May 8 : Janet gives a concert at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany.

May 9 : Janet gives a concert at the Messehalle in Leipzig, Germany.

May 11 : Janet gives a concert at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

May 13 : Janet gives a concert at the Turkuhalli in Turku Finland.

May 15 : Janet gives a concert at the Spektrum in Oslo Norway, Oslo.

May 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Stockholm Globe Arenaon in Stockholm, Sweden on her 42nd birthday.

May 17 : Janet gives a concert at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

May 19 : Janet gives a concert at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany.

May 20 : Janet gives a concert at the Westfalenhallen in Dortmund, Germany.

May 22 : Janet gives a concert at the Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland.

May 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Zénith Oméga de Toulon in Toulon, France.

May 26 : Janet gives a concert at the Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France.

May 27 : Janet gives a concert at the Flanders Expo in Ghent, Belgium.

May 29 : Janet gives a concert at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England.

May 30 : Janet gives a concert at the Telewest Arena in Newcastle, England.

May 31 : Janet gives a concert at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England.

June 3 : Janet gives a concert at the Scotland SEC Centre in Glasgow, England.

June 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.

June 6 + 7 : Janet gives two concerts at the Wembley Arena in London, England.

June 11 + 12 : Janet gives two concerts at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany.

June 14 : Janet cancels her concert in Berlin, Germany due to sickness.

June 15 : “Go Deep” is released as the 4th single from “The Velvet Rope”.

While in Paris, Janet gives a radio interview to NRJ (she is a bit sick after cancelling last night concert in Germany but the radio host comes to her hotel).

June 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in Paris, France.

June 17 : Janet gives a concert at the Wembley Arena in London (last concert of the European leg).

June 18 : Janet & Rene fly back home to Los Angeles.

July 7 : Janet & Collin Powell from ‘s Promise meet youth in a school.

July 9 : Janet gives an interview to Good Morning America. At night, she kicks off the north american leg of the Velvet Rope Tour at the United States MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

July 11 : Janet gives a concert at the Gund Arena in Cleveland.

July 12 : Janet gives a concert at the The Crown in Cincinnati.

July 14 : Janet gives a concert at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

July 15 : Janet gives a concert at the The MARK of the Quad Cities in Molina

July 17 + 18 : Janet gives two concerts at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

July 21 : Janet is a guest on Late Night With David Letterman in New York City.

July 22 : Janet gives a concert at the E-Centre in Camden.

July 24 + 25 : Janet gives two concerts at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont.

July 25 : “Luv Me, Luv Me” is a song by Jamaican-American reggae singer Shaggy. It was first released on July 25, 1998 with Janet Jackson credited as a featured artist. The song was re-recorded in 2000 with Samantha Cole’s vocals after Jackson’s label withheld the song from being included on Shaggy’s next album.

July 28 : Janet gives a concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

July 29 : Janet gives a concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis.

July 31 : Janet gives a concert at the Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights.

August 1 : Janet gives a concert at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

August 3 : Janet gives a concert at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.

August 5 : Janet gives a concert at the E Center in West Valley City.

August 8 : Janet gives a concert at the General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada.

August 11 : Janet gives a concert at the United States Rose Garden in Portland.

August 13 : Janet gives a concert at the The Arena in Oakland in Oakland.

August 14 : Janet gives a concert at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento.

August 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

August 20 : Janet gives a concert at the Forum in Inglewood. Many stars attend the show as well as most of the Jackson family including Michael and 3T.

August 23 : Janet gives a concert at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in Anaheim.

August 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Selland Arena in Fresno.

August 26 : Janet gives a concert at the America West Arena in Phoenix.

August 28 : Janet gives a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego.

August 29 : Janet gives a concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Michael spends his 40th birthday with Taj & Taryll and they attend Janet’s concert together. LaToya also attends the concert but doesn’t get to see Michael.

September 3 : Janet gives a concert at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville.

“You” is released as the 5th single from  “The Velvet Rope” along with a live video.

September 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Charlotte.

September 5 : Janet gives a concert at the Nashville Arena in Nashville.

September 7 : Janet is on the cover of Jet magazine.

Janet gives a concert at the Starplex Amphitheatre in Dallas.

September 9 : Janet gives a concert at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

September 11 : Janet gives a concert at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach.

September 12 : Janet gives a concert at the Ice Palace in Tampa.

September 15 : Janet gives a concert at the Orlando Arena in Orlando. Michael attends the show.

September 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

September 18 : Janet gives a concert at the FleetCenter in Boston.

September 19 : Janet gives a concert at the Mark G. Etess Arena in Atlantic City.

September 21 : Janet gives a concert at the Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge in Bristow.

September 22 : Janet gives a concert at the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater in Burgettstown.

September 24 : Janet gives a concert at the Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus.

September 26 : Janet gives a concert at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

September 27 : Janet gives a concert at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

September 29 : Janet gives a concert at the SkyDome in Toronto, Canada.

September 30 : Janet gives a concert at the Moison Center in Montreal, Canada.

October : Janet graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

October 2 : Janet gives a concert at the United States Worcester’s Centrum Centre in Worcester.

October 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford.

October 4 : Janet gives a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park.

October 6 : Janet gives a concert at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford.

October 8 : In New York City, Janet records the duet “I Know The Truth” with Elton John.

October 9 : Janet makes a surprise appearance on the Rosie O Donnell Show in NYC to promote her upcoming HBO Special.

October 10 : Janet gives a first concert at the Madison Square Garden in NYC.

October 11 : This is Janet’s big night. She performs a second concert at the Madison Square Garden live on HBO around the world. Q-Tips does his rap on Got Til It’s Gone and backstage Janet meets Usher, Missy Elliot & Busta Rhymes among others.

October 14 : Janet gives a concert at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore.

October 16 : Janet gives a concert at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont.

October 18 : Janet gives a concert at the The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills.

October 20 : Janet gives a concert at the Hardee’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh.

October 21 : Janet gives a concert at the GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach.

October 23 : Janet performs “What About” with Tina & Shawnette at the 4th annual VH1 Fashion Awards at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden, New York.

October 25 : Janet gives a concert at the Mark G. Etess Arena in Atlantic City.

October 27 : Janet gives a concert at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis.

October 28 : Janet gives a concert at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

October 30 + 31 : Janet gives the lasts concerts of the North American leg of the Velvet Rope Tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

November 1 : Janet & Rene go back home to Los Angeles.

November 14 : Janet gives a concert at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.

November 17 : “Everytime” is released as the 6th & final single from “The Velvet Rope”.

November 19 : Janet gives a concert at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

November 21 : Janet gives a concert at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. Michael & Lisa Maria attend the show.

Janet & Rene fly from Los Angeles to Christchurch, New Zealand.

November 27 + 28 : Janet gives to concert at the WestpacTrust Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Nov 30 + December 1 + 3 : Janet gives three concerts at the Queens Wharf Events Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

December 5 : Janet gives a concert at the Ericsson Stadium in Auckland, New Zeland.

December 7 : Janet gives a concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

December 9 : Janet gives a concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.

December 10 : Janet gives a concert at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, Australia.

December 12 : Janet gives a concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.

December 13 + 14 : Janet gives two concerts at the Perth Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia.

December 15 + 17 : Janet gives two concerts at the Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

December 20 : Janet gives the last concert of the Australien leg Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia.

December 21 : Janet, Rene & the Kids leave Australia and fly back home for the holidays.

1999

January : Janet shoots the video for “What’s it Gonna Be” with Busta Rhymes.

“Ask for More” is released as a promotional single by Janet Jackson for Pepsi.

The campaign is launched as a re-branding for Pepsi internationally.

Alternate versions of the campaign also co-stars Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok for the Asian market and aired in China, and Latino singer Ricky Martin for the Latin market and aired in Latin America.

duet version of the song performed in Spanish by Jackson and Martin was also aired in Europe as part of the commercial campaign.

A full length promotional music video of the version with Kwok was released in Asian markets. The original version of the ad features model and dancer Rob Vinson. Dancers Tina Landon and Shawnette Heard appear in all versions of the ad along with Janet.

January 6 : Janet gets together with Teddy Riely, of the music group Blackstreet, at Broadway Stages in Long Island City to shoot the video for “Girlfriend/Boyfriend”.

January 10 : Janet flies from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Japan with Rene.

January 11 : Janet accepts an American Music Awards via satellite live from Tokyo.

January 12 + 13 + 14 : Janet gives three concerts at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

January 16 + 17 + 19 + 20 :  Janet gives 4 concerts at the Osaka-jō Hall in Osaka, Japan.

January 21 : Janet gives a concert at the Nagoya Rainbow Hall in Nagaya, Japan.

January 23 : Janet gives a concert at the Hamamatsu Arena in Hamamatsu, Japan.

January 25 + 26 : Janet gives two concerts at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

January 27 : Janet, Rene & the Kids fly from Tokyo to Honolulu.

January 30 : Janet gives the 121st and last concert of the Velvet Rope Tour at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

February 12 : After 13 years of relationship and 8 years of marriage, Janet & Rene decide to split and soon file for divorce. Janet leaves their Malibu beach house.

March 9 : “What’s it Gonna Be” is released as a single.

Janet is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

March 21 : Janet attends the 71st Annual Academy Awards – Elton John AIDS Foundation Party at Pagani’s in Los Angeles with Shawnette & Lisa Marie Presley. She also spends time with Whitney Houston.

May 5 :  Janet goes to Monaco with Shawnette where she is presented with a Lifetime Achievment Award by Prince Albert at the World Music Awards.

May 17 : In LA Janet attends the ASCAP Awards where she is presented with an award and presents another to Joni Mitchell.

May 27 : Janet attends the Commitment to Life XI Gala to Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City where she is presented with an Award for her fight against Aids.

June 16 :  Janet & Swawnette attend the premiere of “The Ideal Husband” at the Paris Theatre in New York City.

June 23 :  Janet & Shawnette attend a party hosted by Allure Magazine at Bottino in NYC.

August 18 : Janet attends the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood Busta Rhymes and her are presented with the Award For Best Video for “What’s It Gonna Be”.

September 9 : Janet attends the 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. Video Music Awards. She walks the red carper with Q-Tip and later she presents an award to Ricky Martin & Tina Landon.

Janet decides to delay the recording of her new album after learning that she got the part in Eddie Murphy’s new comedy “The Nutty Professor II”.

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Next era : All For You years : 1999-2002

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