The Buffness Of Music… & Janet Jackson’s muscle tone

The Philadelphia Daily News is running a piece on stars like Janet Jackson buffing up on tour ahead of her performance at the First Union Center tonight. Shape magazine’s Richard Perez-Feria said Janet was, “in the best shape of her life.”

Part of the new look is because of MTV making music more visual, though MTV also has changed what young audiences expect from a rock concert, as they demand dance and choreography.

Rodney Jerkins Talks About You Rock My World… Michael’s Latest

With the song You Rock My World debuting last Friday, fans have gotten there first taste of Michael Jackson in quite awhile and the song’s producer, Rodney Jerkins talked to Reuters about the album.

Jerkins admits of the first track released, “It’s like Michael back to the melodies It makes you want to dance. It’s a feel-good song.” Jerkins talked of Michael’s return to the studio saying, “I’ve never heard Michael sing so incredibly well. It was just something about him being in that studio, but he just went crazy and let go in that studio.”

The new album, Invincible, is slated for release overseas Oct. 29 and in North America on Oct. 30. Jerkins said the $30 production figure for the album “sounds about right” which means big pressure on Sony to come through with a hit with the album.

BSB Shoot Drowning Video ahead of Greatest Hits Release

Sonicnet reports the Backstreet Boys have already shot a video to the new song on their upcoming greatest hits album tentatively titled Chapter One. The new album is due out October 23rd. Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson describe the new track as as a mix of “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I Want It That Way,” with a bit of country group Lonestar’s “Amazed” thrown in. Carter says the group tried to get the song on Black & Blue but were never able to get it in. The band performs tonight in Kansas City.