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Janet Jackson is bringing her catalog of hits to a city near you.

The veteran artist has announced a slew of North American dates for an upcoming tour that will feature singles from her chart-topping album "Number Ones."

"These concerts will be different from anything I have ever done," Jackson writes on her website. "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."

Where will Janet stop by your hometown arena? The US and Canada tour dates/locales are as follows:

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Is Janet Jackson engaged to Wissam Al Mana? No, no she's not.

She had to deal with the same rumors about her last boyfriend, but that's all they are in this case, too. Rumors. And she takes them in stride.

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On Good Morning America to promote her new film For Colored Girls, she says there's no truth to the engagement story, but she's very happy.

Wissam Al Mana is no becoming Mr. Janet Jackson ... yet.

The interview inevitably turned to the singer's personal life and when asked about her blossoming relationship she shot down any marriage rumors.

'He is a very private man so i don't talk about our relationship,' she said of Wissam Al Mana, an Middle Eastern businessman she began dating in April.

"But it is really important that I just say this," she continued to her GMA host. "They (media) have been trying to marry me off for a very long time."

"No I am not engaged, I will say that. But, I am in a really good place."

Hey, as long as she's happy, so are we.

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Is Wissam Al Mana engaged to Janet Jackson? We can't confirm or deny it, but that's the rumor going around, according to (or made up by) In Touch.

More than a year after her brother Michael’s death, 44-year-old Janet is finally happy again, and is engaged to her younger beau, the magazine says.

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Wissam popped the question this month with a 15-carat diamond ring. Supposedly. The couple (pictured below) has not commented on this report ...

A rare photo of the couple taken this summer.

She and the Qatari businessman may not be getting married, but either way, Janet, 44, has definitely been dating Wissam Al Mana, 35, since the spring.

Congratulations if it's true, and even if it's not, we're happy that Janet and her man seem to be doing really well. She deserves to find happiness.

The Why Did I Get Married Too? star dated Jermaine Dupri for seven years prior to striking up her relationship with Wissam earlier this year.

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She's a music superstar in her own right, the little sister of the greatest entertainer of all time and a mentor to younger family members such as Austin Brown.

Janet Jackson is also a fashion icon who made waves earlier this year by cutting her hair almost entirely off. It's grown back a lot since, but is still very short.

Here's a shot of her at Paris Fashion Week, where she hit all the hot spots with her boyfriend, Qatari businessman Wissam Al Mana. Do you like her new look?

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What do you think of Janet Jackson's short hair?

 

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It's been a tough year for Janet Jackson, but she's happier lately.

New boyfriend Wissam Al Mana could be a big reason for that.

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After splitting from longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri after a seven-year relationship last summer, Jackson slowly eased into this new romance. The pop star and her man were snapped soaking up the rays in Sardinia, Italy.

The 44-year-old Why Did I Get Married Too? star and the 35-year-old businessman from Qatar, who owns homes worldwide, have been quietly enjoying each other's company, according to reports. Glad she's moving on and happy!

It's nice to see Michael's sister happy again.

We're guessing Wissam Al Mana approves of Janet's new haircut too.

In non-romance news, she's currently writing True You, an exercise and nutrition book. She told Essence she "wanted to write this book because [she] wanted kids to have something to read and know that they are beautiful as they are."

A noble goal!

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Janet Jackson just celebrated her 44th birthday, and decided to turn over a new leaf in the form of a chic, much shorter hairstyle in London on Wednesday.

The sister of the late Michael Jackson, who is currently single, has been largely out of the limelight in what has been an emotional last 11 months for her.

We're kinda digging the new hairstyle, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that it marks such a dramatic shift from the gorgeous singer's normal look.

What do you think? Love it? Hate it? Vote below ...

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Janet Jackson's new shorter hair. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

What do you think of Janet's new 'do? Vote below!

 

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Okay, you might say it's a little heavy on the airbrushing, but Janet Jackson still looks great on the new cover of Gotham magazine. We're big fans of Janet.

While a somewhat odd choice for the cover of the magazine's wedding issue (she is newly single after splitting with Jermaine Dupri), we have no complaints.

Janet has a new album out, and a new perspective on life. Following a tragic year for her family, who bid farewell to Michael, she's finally ready to move on.

We have no doubt that she will. Janet has always seemed remarkably normal and well-adjusted compared to most members of her famous family. You go girl ...

Miss Jackson moves on. We can't wait to follow.

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The Jackson family tried to stop Michael Jackson's addiction to prescription drugs by staging interventions, Janet Jackson said on Good Morning America today.

"Of course, that's what you do," the youngest member of the Jackson family said in an interview. "Those are the things that you do when you love someone."

"You can't just let them continue on that way. We tried that more than a few times," says Janet, who laments that ultimately, "We weren't very successful."

The singer says Michael Jackson responded in a measured way to his family's attempts to help. "He understood that it was out of love, out of caring."

She refutes critics' claims that the family was naive about Michael's problems or enabled the icon. Nevertheless, she admits, "People can be in denial."

Janet Jackson continues to speak out about her brother's death.

When ABC's Robin Roberts went to ask a follow-up question about Michael being in denial, she replies, "I wish he could answer this question. And not me."

Jackson said she is a "big believer in the power of prayer, but that's something you can't do for them ... it's something they have to do for themselves."

Growing up, Janet says of her eight siblings, she was closest to "Mike." The last time they spent time together was "a few days before my birthday," May 16.

"We had a lot of fun laughing. He was cracking up ... Laughing at me."

Michael Jackson tragically passed away June 25. Earlier this week, Janet said she believes Dr. Conrad Murray should be held responsible for his death.

On a personal note, Janet also put the kibosh on rumors that she's getting back together with Jermaine Dupri, though the two remain very close.

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Despite reports that Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri are getting back together, the singer referred to Dupri as her "ex" in an interview on Atlanta's The Bert Show.

That doesn't mean they're not close still. While chatting with the radio show, Jackson included Dupri on the short list of ex-boyfriends with whom she keeps in touch.

"I'm not the type of girl that stays in touch with your ex," Janet Jackson said. "But Jermaine is one of my best friends. I love him to death. We're still connected."

"We're still good friends. We still talk."

Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson remain broken up, but tight.

It has been a tough year for Jackson since her brother Michael's death in June - which she blamed on Dr. Conrad Murray during an interview with ABC this week.

A month after MJ died, she and Dupri broke off their eight-year relationship. They reportedly reunited in September for Dupri's birthday in Lake Como, Italy.

"There is a still a lot of love there," a friend of the couple said, and for once, this anonymous Us Weekly source may not be too far off the mark at all.

"We're absolutely still there for one another," Jackson said.

"I think it will remain that way for the rest of my life."

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In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Janet Jackson is not holding back when it comes to Dr. Conrad Murray, the man she believes killed her brother Michael.

Of Michael Jackson's former personal physician, the target of an LAPD homicide investigation, Janet says: "He was administering ... I think he is responsible."

Dr. Conrad Murray has admitted to administering Propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to Michael Jackson to help him sleep, but claims he didn't kill the King of Pop.

In the interview, airing Wednesday, Janet says Murray, who may face manslaughter or even murder charges, should no longer be allowed to practice medicine.

Of Michael's death, she adds "It's been a tough year ... You have your days where it's just hard to believe. And a day doesn't go by that I don't think about him."

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Janet Jackson is opening up about her brother's tragic death.

She recalled the fateful day of June 25, when she learned her brother passed away. "I was at my house in New York. You know, another day. Another morning."

"Then I get a call ... [my assistant] said, 'Your brother's been taken to the hospital. It's on CNN right now. I called everyone. I spoke to mother. I spoke to my brother Tito. I spoke to my nephew Austin. I spoke to my sister La Toya."

A tearful Janet Jackson added, "I told them to call me when they got to the hospital. And I remember thinking nobody's calling me back, so I tried calling again, and that's how I found out that he was no longer ... I couldn't believe it."

"It just didn't ring true to me. It felt like a dream. It's still so difficult for me to believe. It's, you know, you have to accept what is. But it's so hard. You have to move on with your life. You have to accept what is and I understand that."

More excerpts and quotes from MJ's sister to come as they become available this week. Follow the jump for an ABC promo of Janet Jackson's interview ...

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