Janet Jackson Jams in Jakarta

Janet Jackson zoomed into the future during her first performance in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday (Feb. 9). The iconic pop star, dressed in a metallic body suit accented by knee-high stiletto boots, shoulder pads, and a high-waisted belt, opened the show with a medley of some of her biggest hits including “Pleasure Principle,” “Control,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” and “Feedback.

Currently on her global “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour,” the sexy singer is also scheduled to appear in a candid interview with NBC’s Meredith Vieira. During the chat, Janet discusses her new book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself and touches on her difficult childhood, self-esteem issues, and her weight struggles.

“I would literally bang my head up against the wall because I didn’t feel attractive… There was a lot of pain in my life,” she revealed. “And I still have issues with it. I don’t bang my head up against the wall, but I still have those moments. And I think it’ll probably continue but at least I know how to deal with it now. And I’m in a much better space.”

The tell-all interview is set to air this Friday and Monday on “Today” and Sunday on “Dateline NBC” at 7 p.m. EST.

Nelly & Kelly Rowland Shoot ‘Gone’ Video

Check out out Nelly and Kelly Rowland posing it up on the set of the video for ‘Gone’ in Cancun, Mexico. Rowland shared the snaps with her fans on Twitter, after wrapping the Marc Klasfeld shoot.

Kanye West’s Full V MAN Spread

Here is Kanye West’s full spread in V MAN magazine. The photoshoot was directed by none other than famed photographer Karl Lagerfeld.

Chris Brown, Usher & Others Attended Justin Bieber’s ‘Never Say Never’ Premiere

Chris Brown attended the premiere of ‘Justin Bieber: Never Say Never’ at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday. Other artists at the event included Usher, Willow Smith, Will.i.am, Toni Braxton and her sister Tamar.

Fantasia Lands New Movie Role

The Huffington Post reports:

Fantasia Barrino has had her problems over the past year, but unintentional weight gain is not one of them.

The “American Idol” winner has been seen with extra pounds of late, but she says it’s on purpose — she’s getting into character for a new movie, in which she’ll star as soul singer Mahalia Jackson.

“In fact, she’s just signed on to play the lead in Mahalia and has been told to gain 30 to 45 pounds for the role,” her rep confirmed.

The Euzhan Palcy directed movie begins shooting in April in Chicago and is slated for release at the year’s end. As relates to the story, the film is an adaptation of Jackson’s 1993 autobiography – ‘Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel’.

Penned by James Evering, the big screen flick will chronicle the singer’s life; from her early years in poverty-lashed New Orleans to her rise to stardom. An early and avid advocate for the late, great Martin Luther King Jr, Jackson was also a major supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.

Rihanna Announces North American Dates Of ‘Loud’ Tour

Rihanna just released the first set of her North American dates, for her US tour, LOUD.

June 4               Baltimore, MD                       1st Mariner Arena
June 7               Toronto, ON                           Air Canada Centre
June 28             Los Angeles, CA                   Staples Center
June 30             Oakland, CA                         Oracle Arena
July 19              Philadelphia, PA                   Wells Fargo Center
July 21              East Rutherford, NJ               Izod Center
July 23              Uniondale, NY                      Nassau Coliseum

Tracklisting: Lupe Fiasco – ‘Lasers’

Lupe Fiasco reaches out to an eclectic roster on his third album Lasers, dropping March 8.

1. “Letting Go” feat. Sarah Green
2. “Words I Never Said” feat. Skylar Grey
3. “Till I Get There”
4. “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now” feat. MDMA
5. “Out of My Head” feat. Trey Songz
6. “The Show Goes On”
7. “Beautiful Lasers, (Two Ways)” feat. MDMA
8. “Coming Up” feat. MDMA
9. “State Run Radio” feat. Matt Mahaffey
10. “Break the Chain” feat. Eric Turner & Sway
11. “All Black Everything”
12. “Never Forget You” feat. John Legend

Juelz Santana Vows to Fight Drug and Weapons Charges

Fresh off his drug and weapons arrest yesterday afternoon, Juelz Santana is out on bail and already talking about the incident. The Dipset rapper called into Hot 97’s Angie Martinez to clarify his legal situation and proclaim his innocence.

The 28-year-old MC, who was arrested after two fully-loaded 9mm handguns and 17 bags of marijuana were found in his New Jersey studio, confirmed that he was just released on $125,000 bail. “I’m a free man out on bail,” said the Harlemite. “I’m just doing my regular thing, I’m still me. It’s just an unfortunate situation, got caught up.”

Santana explained that there was some janky business on the police’s behalf. “They raided my studio, said things was going on. The charges was just kind of crazy,” he told Angie. “For one, I wasn’t even in my studio when they raided. They raided my studio, they found whatever they want to say they found, and they just put a bunch of charges on me.”

When he turned himself in, he was ready to be freed on bail, but the cops alleged that the snowstorm was to blame for his delayed release. “They had a warrant out for my arrest since last week,” he continued. “I had just turned myself in and I was supposed to be out right there because he had the bail money already on standby for whatever, but once I get in there, they’re like, ‘Oh, the computers is down because of the ice storms and all that.’ I’m like, ‘Wow.’”

Maintaining his innocence, Juelz assured listeners that he wasn’t going to take this lying down. “I’m definitely going to be fighting this, because like I said, they didn’t catch me with nothing. My studio is a place where a bunch of people come in and out. They put me out as selling dime bags of weed. That’s a joke!” he exclaimed. “I wasn’t even there. Never in the case of history would you find Juelz selling no dime bags of marijuana.”