I know I've gotten old because I come to what's new in pop music so late now. Anyway, I saw Panic! at the Disco on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week performing "Miss Jackson," and I thought, WOW, when I heard the line "Miss Jackson, are you nasty?" I wondered, is that a reference to Janet Jackson's classic jam "Nasty"? I was curious about what Miss Janet Jackson thinks.
Apparently she's flattered because she has the official music video for the song up at her website next to a sexy picture of herself.
And she should be flattered because Panic! at the Disco's lead singer, Bren Urie even did a backflip on stage, which is a definite mini homage to Miss Jackson's video and dance movies. Oh, and the mob freeze was cool, too. From what I've read about Urie, he's pretty gifted musically as well.
I love it when musicians also entertain, give the people a real show. I also love when young entertainers show they know they stand on the shoulders of those who've gone before them, especially when those who've gone before are people of color. That's one of the reasons I'm not as critical of Justin Timberlake's appropriations as I am of, say, Robin Thicke's thievery. Timberlake jokes about stalking Al Green, but Thicke sued Marvin Gaye's family over "Blurred Lines."
Here's Janet's "Nasty" video.