Pop Stars Get Charitable
Pop titans Janet Jackson and the Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean have announced separate charitable acts -- one tied to a tour, and the other to a new foundation.Pop titans Janet Jackson and the Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean have announced separate charitable acts -- one tied to a tour, and the other to a new foundation.
Jackson will donate a portion of the proceeds from her All for You Tour 2001 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "These children are our future," Jackson said in a statement. "I am just so proud to be involved with helping such a wonderful organization that not only looks after, but nurtures, educates and enriches the lives of so many."
The North American leg of Jackson's tour opens July 5 in Vancouver, and will include nearly 60 performances before ending Oct. 13 in Denver. The trek comes in support of her latest album, "All for You" (Virgin), which last month debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200; it is currently No. 6 in its fifth week on the chart.
McLean's initiative is the launch of the JNN Foundation, named for his alter ego, "Johnny No-Name," to help raise funds for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Backstreet Boy will make a $1 million personal donation to the foundation.
In addition, Hardrock.com, in association with eBay, will host a month-long series of auctions featuring autographed Johnny No-Name items, including a suit, a fedora-style hat, and autographed Hard Rock Cafe leather jacket.
McLean is the latest of the Backstreet Boys to establish a charitable effort in his name. Bandmate Howie Dorough and his family founded the Dorough Lupus Foundation shortly after his sister succumbed to the disease, while the group's Brian Littrell created an endowment in his name to support Lexington, Ky.-based St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation. The group's official Web site also lists several other charities the Backstreet Boys support, including Just Within Reach - An Earth Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, Step for the Cure, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
The Backstreet Boys -- with opening acts Krystal and Shaggy -- will kick off a North American arena tour Friday (June 8) in Orlando, and stay on the road through an Aug. 31 show in Dallas. The group will be touring in support its latest Jive album "Black & Blue," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, and has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 8 million copies.
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