Janet Jackson Gets Serious For New Tour

You used to have to call her "Ms. Jackson" if you were nasty, but this year's model of Janet Jackson plans to openly explore her more mature side on her upcoming "Velvet Rope" tour.

Prior to Thursday's news conference announcing the tour dates, Jackson sat down with MTV News and discussed how the adult themes of her new album would be showcased live, but was a little tight-lipped to divulge how explicit the new stage performance would be or what the show's set list might include.

"Well, at times [the show] will be [pretty mature], and I think that's maybe all I should say," Jackson said. "We'll definitely be doing 'Rope Burn,' and I think that's all I should say." [700k QuickTime]

Later at the news conference, it was a more serious Jackson who stood alongside New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and retired army general Colin Powell and pledged to donate a portion of her tour

proceeds to Powell's youth empowerment group, "America's Promise."

"I'd just like to say to all the kids who feel very alone," Jackson said, "to just let you know that you are not alone. There are people that care and that's why we're all here today, and together we can make a difference." [900k QuickTime]

Jackson's tour begins in Europe in April before coming to the States in July.