November 9, 1997 |
In music, as in sports, changing managers is usually a sign that things haven't been going well. And making that change early in the season--or shortly after an album's release--can be a sign of panic. So music business watchers were caught off guard when Janet Jackson fired her new management team and returned to her former manager, just a few weeks after her new album, "The Velvet Rope," debuted at No. 1 with first-week sales of more than 200,000.