Janet Jackson Performed 'Made For Now' On The Tonight Show And It Was Everything
She's back, baby!
It’s time to celebrate, friends -- because our queen Janet Jackson has dropped her first single in two years -- and it’s an absolute banger.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday alongside reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, the 52-year-old put on an epic performance of her new track “Made For Now”, complete with an elaborate set and over a dozen dancers.
Speaking to iHeartRadio, Jackson gave insight into her inspiration for the track.
“I’ve always loved Latin music, and obviously, the African music is there and always been an influence. Coming from what Daddy Yankee does in reggaeton, it’s inspiration. It’s reggae music, which brings you back to the African vibe, the whole bit. It was really nice working with him,” Jackson said.
"Growing up with different bodies of music [and] having so many kids in the family, I’ve been fortunate enough to have an eclectic library of music. [I’m] just doing something different that once again has been a love of mine, but still trying to do different things,” she added.
She also opened up about the death of musical icon Aretha Franklin, who was close to the Jackson family after they moved to Detroit and signed with Motown.
“She lived down the street from my family and her kids used to come over to our house to play and we’d go to hers,” Jackson said.
“I remember her with the red hair, the shoulder length hair, and her answering the door and this one day, in particular, I don’t know why and she had on a white midriff and a white skirt and she opened the door and there she was, Ms Aretha Franklin. It’s sad, you know? She’s still here with us. Her music will live on forever and what a voice and a great body of work. She inspired so many people and will continue to inspire generations to come.”