After being canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic, the Cincinnati Music Festival is returning July 21-23 with headliners Janet Jackson and Charlie Wilson.

Janet will take the stage on the festival’s final night. She will be preceded by The O’Jays, Tank, After 7, and saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Wilson will perform Friday, July 22, on a bill with Anthony Hamilton, Tony! Toni! Tone!, and guitarist Jonathan Butler. BJ The Chicago Kid will open the festival on Thursday, July 21.

Tickets are now on sale on the festival website

Jackson is enjoying a resurgence in her music following her self-titled documentary. As previously reported, her streams have skyrocketed by 109 percent since the four-part documentary premiered on A&E and Lifetime on January 28.

By February 3, fans streamed her songs 10.6 million times. The most listened-to single was “That’s the Way Love Goes,” clocking 778,000 streams in the U.S. alone. Other songs enjoying a major bump in numbers are “All for You,” “Control,” “Any Time, Any Place” and “Nasty.”

Janet also enjoyed a major boost in sales. “That’s the Way Love Goes” leads the pack, with fans snatching up 1,300 copies. Securing the second-most sales was “All For You,” with 1,100 copies sold. “Rhythm Nation,” “Escapade” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” also sold over 1,000 downloads each.

Janet’s album sales also jumped by 17,000 units. The leader is Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, with 4,000 copies flying off the shelves.

According to Nielsen, 2.8 million people tuned in to watch part one of the documentary, and it amassed an additional 1.2 million views via digital download or on-demand. Parts two through four were seen by 4.3 million, 3.7 million and 3.8 million people, respectively, when they aired for the first time.





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