Janet Jackson paid loving tribute to her late brother [artist id=”1102″]Michael[/artist] at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, dancing along with a projection of MJ as their duet “Scream” played on the big screen. The dramatic opening of the show, which included a moving speech from Madonna , was just her first tip of the fedora to Michael, though.
A short time later, Janet gave the ultimate thank you to her beloved sibling by posting a new single, “Make Me,” on her Web site. The song, seemingly the first single from her upcoming album, reportedly due out in early 2010, is an uptempo dance jam with a chorus that pays loving tribute to MJ’s iconic 1979 solo single “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
Easing up on the darker S&M themes of her recent albums, “Make Me” is a fun, breezy tune with an elastic disco beat in which Jackson teases the object of her obsession to “go on get up and shake your body,” promising “we’re gonna have a good time.”
The chorus twists Michael’s refrain into a Janet-worthy, sexy come-on, with the lyrics, “Don’t stop ’til you get it up,” as she entices her man to join her on the dance floor and shake it until the morning light. “Baby can you move, make me groove/ Show me what you do, make me move/ Baby can you move, make me groove/ Show me what you can do, make me move,” she sings in the ear-candy hook, adding one of her signature breathy come-ons later in the tune to seal the deal. “If you feel like you can get it tonight,” she coos. “But first you gotta make me say … Oooohhh.”
On her Twitter page, Jackson explained the gift-wrapped look of the “Make Me” stream on her site. “Thank u for ur endless love n support! I hope u guys enjoyed us tonight. It was very special for me n I have a very special gift for all of u.”
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards might have wrapped, but the party is far from over. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes updates, party reports and much more.