Video Interview: Janet Jackson on '20 Years Old'

June 19, 2006 6:11 PM ET

A positively teenagerly Janet Jackson stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to sip red wine in celebration of her newest album, 20 Years Old, a hats-off to the 20-year anniversary of her pop sensation Control. The soft-spoken diva rocked an untamed updo, cropped denim jacket, and artfully ripped designer jeans. When heaped with praise about her impending return to greatness, she demured, "I get so embarrassed at these things, I don't know what to say!" She did, however, answer Ian Drew's questions about the album (due in September) and her tour.

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