Usher was featured on the syndicated newsmagazine show ‘Entertainers with Byron Allen’ on Wednesday night, where he openly criticized Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC and even took shots at Madonna, while boasting Janet Jackson. On Justin, he told Byron, “He’s still got to find his own style and his own swagger – he’s not on Usher’s level. There can only be one Usher and I’m sitting right here.” He continued, “A lot of people compare me to [Justin] and I don’t understand why. I was making R&B classics when he was singing bubblegum pop and I had plenty of successful albums. I did the movies, and now he’s trying to do movies. I’ve been in the game for 10 years now.” When asked about who he’d like to do a joint tour with in the future, he said Janet Jackson. “She’s an entertainer – a true entertainer. There’s no one like her. Some people compare her to Madonna, but I think Janet’s above that. Madonna hasn’t impressed me in a decade, but musically, Janet is still setting the bar. The way I feel is, everybody wants to be Usher, everybody wants to be Janet – the problem is, we can’t be duplicated.”
Does Madonna’s Mysticism Have The Vatican Worried?
June 21, 2004 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports that the Vatican held a special summit with Catholic leaders from around the world, hammering out a way to deal with so-called “New Age” religions and fads that pose a “threat” to Christianity. The council, which met last week, singled out “Kabbalah as espoused by Madonna” – as well as a number of other faddish religions, according to a report. Read more.
Janet Jackson Blames Conservative Forces
June 19, 2004 – Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “Listen to this. In an interview in the Sunday Express of London, that’s a a big Sunday paper over there in England. Janet Jackson said, she really said this, that the entire Super Bowl incident was the result of a plot by conservative forces to distract people from what’s really going on in the world. Yeah, yeah. It was a vast right breast conspiracy. That’s what it was. Isn’t that unbelievable? Conspiracy. Yeah. Even Hillary’s going, ‘Shut up’.”
Four Divas ‘Jump The Shark’?
June 17, 2004 – MSNBC’s ‘Countdown’ reports four of America’s top women performers may have all “jumped the shark” simultaneously, including Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and Britney Spears.
Janet Jackson A Founding Setai Club Member
June 14, 2004 – The New York Post hears that Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz and Heidi Klum are among the founding members of the Setai Club, a new members-only resort opening in South Beach with branches slated worldwide.
Hit Makers Sue Strip Club
June 11, 2004 – Celebrity Justice reports former Creed frontman Scott Stapp has joined with Janet Jackson and several less famous artists, to sue a Clearwater, Florida, strip club they claim is playing “unauthorized music.” The artists claim Diamond Dolls let its strippers dance to their recorded music but failed to pay a required licensing fee to BMI, Broadcast Music, Inc., which pays royalties to songwriters.