by TRN Staff Writers,
Janet Jackson Taking It Back Home It was a surprise visit from one of Gary Indiana’s most famous natives. Singer Janet Jackson visited the house where she and her famous brothers, Michael and the Jackson Five all grew up. According to PageSix, Janet and brother Randy visited their childhood home and some very lucky local high school students. Pagesix says, “Jackson told students at Roosevelt High School that she started crying when she saw the small house. She said, “me and my family are so blessed. I’m so thankful.” Jackson says she hasn’t been back to her hometown of Gary since she was about 8-years-old. The family moved after Janet’s brother struck Motown gold with their first album in 1969 as the Jackson Five. The Jackon Five later recorded a tribute song about their hometown titled “Goin’ Back to Indiana” as part of a TV special featuring the Jacksons.
Remy Ma Making Money Moves Too Move over Cardi B because you’re not the only female rapper with some money moves to make. According to That Grape Juice, Remy Ma has just signed a huge deal with Columbia Records. The website reports Columbia, “Home to titans such as Beyonce and Adele, the Sony Music imprint will release ‘7 Winters & 6 Summers’ – Remy’s first solo album since being released from prison in 2015.” The site also says, “The news comes on the heels of a colossal year for the femcee; she earned a Grammy nomination and a Platinum plaque for Fat Joe collaboration ‘All The Way Up,’ won the BET Award for Best Female Rapper, and set the internet ablaze with Nicki Minaj diss track ‘Shether.’
Willow’s New “Romance” Will & Jada’s little girl Willow is growing up and ready for “Romance”–at least as a song. Willow is about to drop her first album appropriately titled “The 1st” and is giving fans a sneak peek with the release of her first single “Romance”. The 17 year old’s new music is already drawing the praise of critics. Refinery 26 says, “When you listen to the first words of the new song, “Romance,” you might think the voice singing “Romance doesn’t exist/It’s a hoax to trick your mind into thinking perfection exists,” is a young Fiona Apple, perhaps — or maybe even a deeply registered Lorde.” The news site goes on to say Willow’s sound “is all grown up“. The young singer is releasing the album to celebrate her 17th birthday and says, “This album is the first step into me diving 100 percent into my musicality… I was seeking the answer to the question Who am I as an artist, really? I’m so excited for people to hear what’s in my heart.”
For this week’s look at music, that’s a wrap!