Janet Jackson has established herself by using her weapon of a voice to bring chills to countless listeners – and she continues to do so, even in ways you don’t expect. Sure, you can listen to her newest song with Daddy Yankee as proof she can still bring it (not that there was ever any doubt), but if you really want to feel your spine tingle, why not listen to her comforting, husky whispers as a part of the singer trying her hand at ASMR?
For those yet to venture to the stranger side of YouTube, ASMR stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response,” a phenomenon Wikipedia defines as “an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine.”
The sensations of ASMR are often brought about by way of soft sounds such as whispers, crunches or light scratching, and has spawned a whole YouTube subgenre devoted to bringing about these feelings in viewers via these methods. ASMR videos may already be lowkey massive, but with Janet throwing down the gauntlet, she might be movement’s most famous figure yet.
Jackson’s brief detour into ASMR occurred as a part of her appearance on Los Angeles radio station KIIS FM, where she whispered and scratched her way through chats about her dream collabs, favourite up-and-comers, and her new material: