Indiana State Fair

Janet Jackson to perform
her greatest hits at Aug. 17 concert

Maroon 5, Train, Third Day,
Sugarland, Lady A also to perform

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS (July 2011) – Legendary performer and pop culture icon Janet Jackson is bringing her hit songs and a more personal approach than ever before to the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand at the Indiana State Fair at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.
The Gary, Ind., native is one of the best-selling female artists of all time and continues to impress fans all over the world with her high-energy shows.  She took the suggestions of her fans to heart and, after her start in Asia, she will be bringing her "Janet Jackson Number Ones: Up Close and Personal" Tour to the United States and Canada. 
Jackson will be performing songs from her 35 No. 1 hits in 35 global cities after fans submitted suggestions to www.janetjackson.com to have their city selected. The winning cities so far have been overseas, including Manila on Feb. 4, Singapore on Feb. 7, Hong Kong on Feb. 14 and Taipei on Feb. 19.

Janet Jackson

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Janet Jackson is a
best-selling female artist.

This tour differs from her previous concert schedules in that she will perform music exclusively from her chart topping "CD Number Ones." There will also be a focus on venues that will allow Janet to be up close and personal in a much more intimate setting. In each selected city, Jackson will offer something different to her performance so no show will be the same. This tour is Jackson more revealed, more intimate and more personal than ever before. Don't look for special effects. Just listen to and look at Janet, as you have never seen her before.
Jackson has expressed her gratitude and excitement for the upcoming show with the following statement:
"I thank my fans who have voted and helped me choose the cities we are visiting.  Each of you are so important to me. These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done. 
"I will be as up close and personal as possible. These concerts are not about special effects. This is a love affair between me and those of you who have supported me and my work for all these years. I'll be singing and dancing from my heart. The music will all be songs that you've made number ones for me."
"Let's go! In each city I want to meet 20 young leaders who are changing their communities for the better. Please contact janetjackson.com so that I will know who is making a major difference in your city. I'm asking my fans and their friends, parents, relatives, neighbors and teachers to nominate five people to qualify as one of the 20 under 20 in each place I will perform. At each concert the 20 people chosen and the person who nominated them will be VIP guests at my show. I will invite the 20 sponsors and the 20 winners to the concert and back stage. There are many young people changing the word and I want them to be recognized during my tour. I want them to be my guest at my show and they will come back stage as I learn from them how young people are changing the world.  You all know someone who is making a difference, so get in touch."
Jackson will also be selecting the first fan winner of the contest in voting for each of the selected cities. The winner will be announced on www.janetjackson.com and they will receive an autographed copy of "Number Ones" and an autographed copy of her upcoming book "True You."  In each of the 35 cities, Jackson will dedicate one of her number one songs to the city.
Jackson currently stars in Tyler Perry's successful and critically acclaimed motion picture, "For Colored Girls." She recently achieved No. 1 iTunes status with her performance of "Nothing," written and produced by her in association with Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri for the film "Why Did I Get Married Too?" for which she also starred. The tune is currently an awards contender as best song in a motion picture.
Her upcoming book, "True You," is being published by Karen Hunter Publishing. Jackson's first book will reveal her unique, insider's perspective on dieting and exercise-from her past, present and future-with help from her personal nutritionist, David Allen.
"True You" chronicles Janet's lifelong struggles with weight and self-esteem. The book is a self-help-esteem book where Jackson will use anecdotes from her real life to illustrate the power of self-esteem and how she struggles and her continued growth as an artist and a woman.
Tickets are $88, $68 and $48 and include State Fair admission. They go went on sale in mid-May at the State Fairgrounds Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. They can also be purchased through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. 
Tickets for the previously announced double bill of Maroon 5 and Train, scheduled to perform at the fair Aug. 18 are also on sale. Other State Fair Hoosier Lottery Grandstand concerts include Third Day and MercyMe (Aug. 10), Big Time Rush (Aug. 11), Sugarland with Sara Bareilles (Aug. 13) and Lady Antebellum (Aug. 19).

• For more information, contact the Indiana State Fairgrounds Box Office at (317) 927-7601 or visit www.indianastatefair.com.  
The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers.  Admission is $7 in advance or $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are free.

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