Janet Jackson is back with new music! The global icon will release her highly anticipated new single and video for, “Made For Now” in collaboration with Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee this Friday, August 17.
Also on August 17, she will perform the song for the first time live with Daddy Yankee on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 p.m. EST.
She set off social media frenzy among her fans when she posted the single’s artwork on her Instagram page late last night. This marks her first new music since her eleventh studio album and seventh #1 album, ‘Unbreakable,’ released in October 2015.
“Made For Now” is inspired by Janet’s personal love of music from around the globe and is produced by Harmony Samuels, who has crafted tracks for Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, and Jennifer Lopez.
The song is meant to move people to enjoy their lives and seize opportunities today, not worry or wait until tomorrow. Shot in Brooklyn, New York, the music video was produced by her longtime collaborator; and Grammy-Award winning Director, Dave Myers and will transport fans to a neighborhood dance party filled with cameos from a contingent of international dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada, Trinidad and the U.S. who were hand selected by Janet and her longtime Creative Director Gil Duldulao.
“Made For Now” caps an incredible summer for Janet who headlined major festivals including Essence Festival in New Orleans, the largest crowd in its 24-year history. She had press and fans buzzing about her first ever New York festival performance at Panorama, where Billboard said, “Turning out flawlessly executed choreography for over an hour and a half… Jackson is an unstoppable dynamo on stage,” and Vibe said, “We were not only mystified by her presence, but also her dedication to her craft.” It was also recently announced that she would headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 29 in Central Park.
Fans can visit JanetJackson.com for more updates information on upcoming events.
About Janet Jackson: Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.
About Daddy Yankee: DADDY YANKEE remains one of the most recognized and influential names in urban music and Latin dance. He was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the world by both CNN and Time Magazine. He has sold over 17 million albums and over 60 million fans combined on his social networks. Daddy Yankee is considered the King of Reggaeton and continues to reign with the recent global success of “Despacito”, which was named the most streamed song and the most watched video of all time and most recently “Dura” the 2nd Most Watched Video in 2018. He was also named Billboard Magazine’s Top Latin Artist of 2017. Other global hits by Daddy Yankee are “Gasolina”, “Rompe”, “Limbo”, among others.
Star-studded British show announces the first wave of talent for its American debut.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Jarvis Cocker, James Corden, Minnie Driver, Stephen Fry, Mark Hamill, Anjelica Huston, Catherine Keener, Shirley Manson, Ian McShane, and Annabelle Wallis all confirmed for ‘LETTERS LIVE’ line-up in its US premiere with more guests to be announced.
LETTERS LIVE, in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, is delighted to announce the first wave of performers for its first ever public performance in the United States on February 26th 2018, at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, from 8pm PST.
LETTERS LIVE celebrates the enduring power of literary correspondence by inviting brilliant entertainers to perform remarkable and unforgettable letters to a live audience.
“Hear the best letters in the world read by the best voices” – The Observer
Past LETTERS LIVE shows have included letters written by the likes of David Bowie, Mohandas Gandhi, Maya Angelou, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Bronte, Tom Hanks, Katherine Hepburn, Richard Burton, Patti Smith, Abraham Lincoln, James Baldwin, and Che Guevara, performed by an array of talent including Benedict Cumberbatch, Gillian Anderson, Ian McKellen, Kylie Minogue, Russell Brand, Thandie Newton, Riz Ahmed, Juliet Stevenson, LeVar Burton, Tom Hiddleston, Sally Hawkins, JJ Abrams, Noma Dumezweni, Oscar Isaac, Jude Law, Nick Cave and Sir Ben Kingsley.
To view a teaser video for the 26 February, click here.
As LETTERS LIVE producer and performer Benedict Cumberbatch writes “Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind the letters read and the circumstances of their origin. The relationship between the audience, reader and writer on a Letters Live night helps deepen our understanding of these inspiring artefacts of the human condition. They are windows into the love, beauty, pain, and humor of their creators and recipients. It’s a privilege to read this most ancient form of communication to a live audience.”
The February 26th performance of LETTERS LIVE in Los Angeles will be presented in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER. The event will be held in the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in the downtown neighborhood of Los Angeles, from 8pm – 9:30pm PST.
Tickets for the 26 February LETTERS LIVE performance are available for purchase here.
Ticket prices range from $50 to $200 with all the profits from ticket sales being donated to the two partner charities for the night, 826LA, and Women for Women International.
About LETTERS LIVE
LETTERS LIVE first took place in December 2013 at the Tabernacle in London and quickly established itself as a powerful and dynamic event format that attracted outstanding talents to performing remarkable letters in front of a live audience.
Inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter, LETTERS LIVE is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive.
The independent publishing house Canongate, who created and developed LETTERS LIVE, subsequently partnered with the film and television production company SunnyMarch to build Letters Live into an even more far-reaching and ambitious project. Their shared vision is to harness the power of letters through curated events of exceptional quality and to develop a multi-media platform that delivers the most memorable letters to people all around the world.
As well as celebrating the pain, joy, wisdom and humour expressed in letters, LETTERS LIVE has from the outset been committed to promoting literacy and to fund-raising for literacy charities. This remains an important part of its activities both in the UK and abroad.
826LA is a non-profit organization with centers in Echo Park and Mar Vista, a Writers’ Room at
Manual Arts High School in South LA, and relationships with Los Angeles public schools. 826LA’s mission is to support students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to help teachers inspire their students to write. Since 2005, 826LA has served 65,000+ students. 826LA’s free programs target economically disadvantaged students.
About Women for Women International
With over twenty brutal armed conflicts across the globe and unprecedented levels of violence against women, there’s never been a greater need to support women survivors of war.
Post-colonial Nigeria has seen many influential artists, but none who stand out more than Fela Kuti. Even twenty years after his passing, Kuti’s message still possesses a relevance to today, not just in Nigerian society but throughout the world. This week, surrounding Fela Kuti’s birthday, he is remembered by his admirers in a series of Felabrations across Europe, America, Canada, and in places such as Jakarta, Osaka, and Reykjavik. In Nigeria, there is a weeklong celebration to pay homage to Fela Kuti that will be attended by thousands and illustrated by artist varying in skill level from unknown to superstar.
Over the course of his life, Fela Kuti released over 50 albums that are circulated worldwide both physically and digitally. In recent years, the popularity of listening to music through the means of vinyl records has surged, and to keep up with this trend, ardent fans of Kuti have put together a series of deluxe box sets featuring the artist’s music. The fourth installment in this series was curated by, world renowned songstress, Erykah Buda. The set will be released on December 15 via Knitting House Records, and features a variety of Buda’s favorite Fela Kuti songs, including Coffin for Head of State (1989) and Yellow Fever (1976). “Fela Kuti is a fucking genius,” Erykah Buda says, “please listen to these tracks, preferably with a nice blunt… with a nice slow burn.” There are only 3,000 copies of this box set It comes with a poster designed by Nigerian artist, Lemi Ghariokwu, the same artist behind 26 of Fela Kuti’s album covers. The limited edition box set also includes a 20-page booklet featuring seven personal essays written by Erykah Buda seven in-depth commentaries by veteran music journalist and Afrobeat historian, Chris May, along with song lyrics and never-before-seen photographs of Fela Kuti. The audio has been restored and remastered from the original versions and the artwork for each album has been meticulously recreated. PURCHASE THE ERYKAH BUDA CURATED SET HERE