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As advancement in technology continues to develop, there are numerous of creations from Applie iCloud to 3D televisions. On June 30, technology had once again proved its power when Janet Jackson took the stage at Royal Albert Hall in London to perform a virtual duet with brother Michael. The singer performed a version of their 1995 duet ”Scream” on stage.
In an interview with radio station Heart FM, Jackson said ”it’s therapeutic, you know and it makes me smile inside. I mean the energy of the song is fierce but makes it makes me smile inside when I hear him, when I hear his voice.”
The reworked duet followed the footsteps of Nat King Cole and his Daughter, Natalie Cole. In 1991, Natalie turned her father’s famous 1961 song “Unforgettable” into a father-daughter duet. Jackson said that she did the original duet at the request of her brother years ago.
“I was on the Rhythm Nation tour and Mike asked me to do a song with him, and at first I said no because I hadn’t come into my own and I didn’t want to ride anyone’s coattails,” said Jackson. “And I remember being on the Janet Tour and he asked me again and by then I was ready to do it, so I agreed.”
Her London concert, five days after the anniversary of Michael’s death, was designed as a tribute to her brother and it turned out magnificent; much better than what happened last time she performed at Royal Albert Hall. Last time the singer performed at the venue, she accidently flashed the Queen. She performed “Rhythm Nation” in front of Her Majesty the Queen and as the singer danced, she bent over, and she accidently ripped her pants right down the middle.
For the Entertainment section on CNN.com, Samuel Burke wrote that Janet Jackson opened up for the first time about a duet with her brother two years after his death. However, this is not the first time she performed this virtual duet.
At the 2009 VMA’s, the awards show began with a tribute to Michael Jackson. The opening began with at least two dozen dancers dancing to a mix of three songs from Michael from “Thriller” to “Smooth Criminal” before sister Janet jumped onto the stage. Janet performed a virtual duet of “Scream,” deeply moving the audience and viewers who watched.
As Janet danced on stage together with Michael on screen, the crowd cheered. The performance ended with the brother and sister hugging on screen, completing an incredible and emotional opening.
One fan who attended the concert uploaded a clear fancam onto Youtube of the concert in London. While it is difficult to see Janet, a video of the music video is played on the big screen in the back.
Though the singer declined to comment to the press on the two-year mark of her brother’s death, she made a comment on her Twitter on the June 25 anniversary: “I miss you. I love you.”
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