Janet Jackson hints at new music during ‘Fallon’ appearance
Janet Jackson made a virtual appearance on The show tonight Wednesday to promote Janet Jacksonthe new four-part docuseries about his life and career aired last month on Lifetime and A&E.
Sporting a relaxed and casual look, the pop superstar told host Jimmy Fallon that she was overwhelmed by the response to the documentary. According to Varietyover 15.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the series over the two nights it aired.
“I’m so grateful that so many people watched it and enjoyed it,” she says. “It was all such a surprise to me. I didn’t expect any of this…I was really so, so worried that people would find it boring, to be completely honest with you.
The documentary, which Jackson says was filmed over five years, follows the singer’s rise from a childhood spent in the shadow of her famous siblings to becoming a (if not somewhat reluctant) global superstar apart whole.
“I’ve been doing this for almost 50 years,” says Jackson. “I thought it would be better to tell my story, if I can, than to have someone else tell it for me.”
During the interview, Fallon jokes that Jackson may have felt somewhat pressured to include Questlove, the drummer of The show tonight house band The Roots, in production – a suggestion that Jackson quickly shoots down.
“It was very important to have Quest in the documentary,” she said. “He was a huge supporter of my induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with all the fans. I can’t thank him enough. It’s just a huge moment in my career, in my life.
The documentary also includes interviews with a host of other celebrities, including Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul.
Near the end of the interview, Fallon asks Jackson if “Love I Love”, an unreleased song heard briefly during a segment of Janet Jacksonwould see an official release in the future — or if the ‘Escapade’ hitmaker was planning on releasing new music in the years to come.
“It’s so funny because it’s – it was a song I recorded three years ago,” the singer said of “Love I Love.” “And, in the documentary, we thought, ‘Oh, that would be cool to put this song here right now, this piece in the documentary. And, everyone started reacting. So I do not know. We will just have to see. May be.”