Janet Jackson shows she’s the only one allowed to sound like Michael Jackson
May 27, 2010 by Beatweek
When Janet Jackson took the stage last night for a medley of her own songs, several Beatweek readers – and some of our staff – noted that she sounded remarkably like her late brother Michael Jackson, particularly on her new song entitled Nothing (which, by the way, is now in the top ten on the R&B charts). In fact, others elsewhere have thought that she sounded so much like Michael that she must have been lip synching to his voice. For starters, we don’t think it’s appropriate to hurl that kind of accusation at someone without real evidence, but even so, just what would she be lip syncing to? After all, Nothing is a new song of hers, and Michael passed away last. The whole theory sounds like something out of the grassy knoll.
Here’s what we think: Janet Jackson, by virtue of coming from the same DNA pool as Michael, and by virtue of having grown up singing with him, likely finds it very natural to sing in a manner that sounds very similar to that of her late brother’s effeminate voice. And frankly, she’s one of the few people in the world who has a right to sound that much like Michael. She’s at this point the de facto representative of the Jackson clan, and the closest thing we have remaining in terms of his legacy. So if Janet is comfortable with sounding hauntingly like Michael in her latest single, that’s her prerogative. And in fact, if you go and give “Nothing” a few close listens you’ll see that the vocals have a noticeably more female tenor than anything Michael ever released. And it’ll also reveal the fact that, upon close inspection, “Nothing” is actually a great song.