The tour began on August 31, 2015 and will end on August 28, 2016.
In addition to Live Nation and Rhythm Nation, the tour is also sponsored by Nederlander Concerts, Jam Productions, Another Planet Entertainment, Bamp and Tommy Meharey.
In August of 2014, producer and engineer Ian Cross (who worked on her last three studio albums) confirmed to Barefoot Sound magazine that he was working on Janet's new album, stating they worked in recording studios in Qatar, Paris and Middle East.
After his declarations, Janet herself responded to the rumor, neither confirming nor denying the works: "If there is a new project, you'll hear it from my lips", she tweeted.
On April 22, 2015, Janet tweeted, "Letting go doesn't mean you stop" after a fan created a mock Missing Persons poster of her which had begun circulating the internet, prompting her to retweet it herself, adding to further speculation of a new album.
On May 15, 2015, she announced a new album and world tour. She will release her forthcoming eleventh album in the fall of 2015 through her own record label, Rhythm Nation, distributed by BMG Rights Management.
Later in June of 2015, the first 36 dates of the Unbreakable World Tour in North America were announced. Pre-sale tickets were made available exclusively to American Express and Citibank cardholders prior to general admission tickets going on sale on June 22, 2015.
Janet's forthcoming album was also made available for pre-order, along with vinyl copies of the album's lead single "No Sleeep."
Janet enlisted designer Giuseppe Zanotti to create custom shoes for the tour. In an interview with Women's Wear Daily Zanotti stated that "Janet will be dancing a lot on stage as well as singing, so I wanted her to be very comfortable and able to move around easily ... The shoe has to be light but practical and provide support to her feet.” Zanotti also noted "Unbreakable" will be the first tour in which he makes custom designs for the entire cast.
In December of 2015, Janet announced that the upcoming second North American leg of the tour that was start to set in January 2016 would be postponed due to needing surgery. All dates were rescheduled except for one date in Lexington, Kentucky, as the venue would go through renovations.
- "Video Introduction" (contains elements from "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)", "Nasty", "Rock with U", "Every Time", "Rhythm Nation" and "Scream")
- "Burnitup!" (contains elements of "Lose Control")
- "Nasty" (contains elements of "I Don't Fuck with You") / "Feedback" / "Miss You Much" / #"Alright" / "You Want This" (Medley)
- "Control" / "What Have You Done for Me Lately" / "The Pleasure Principle" (Medley)
- "Escapade" / "When I Think of You" / "All for You" (Medley)
- "All Nite (Don't Stop)"
- "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
- DJ Intermission
- "After You Fall"
- "Again" / "Come Back to Me" / "Let's Wait Awhile" / "I Get Lonely" (Medley)
- "Any Time, Any Place" (contains elements of "Poetic Justice")
- "No Sleeep"
- "Got 'til It's Gone"
- "That's the Way Love Goes" (contains elements of "Classic Man")
- "Together Again" (DJ Premier 100 in a 50 Remix) / "Together Again"
- "The Best Things in Life Are Free"
- "Black Cat"
- "Scream" / "Rhythm Nation" (Medley)
- "Shoulda Known Better"
|August 31, 2015||Vancouver||Canada||Rogers Arena||rowspan="6" Template:N/a||rowspan="6" Template:N/a|
|September 2, 2015||Calgary||Scotiabank Saddledome|
|September 4, 2015||Edmonton||Rexall Place|
|September 5, 2015||Grande Prairie||Revolution Place|
|September 7, 2015||Saskatoon||SaskTel Centre|
|September 8, 2015||Winnipeg||MTS Centre|
|September 11, 2015||Grand Rapids||United States||Van Andel Arena||8,621 / 9,102||$568,915|
|September 12, 2015||Cincinnati||PNC Pavilion||Template:N/a||Template:N/a|
|September 15, 2015||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre||13,239 / 13,239||$772,816|
|September 17, 2015||Raleigh||United States||Walnut Creek Amphitheatre||rowspan="3" Template:N/a||rowspan="3" Template:N/a|
|September 18, 2015||Charlotte||PNC Music Pavilion|
|September 20, 2015||Miami||American Airlines Arena|
|September 23, 2015||Orlando||Amway Center||8,906 / 9,067||$736,342|
|September 24, 2015||Tampa||Amalie Arena||7,702 / 8,811||$689,610|
|September 26, 2015||Atlanta||Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater||rowspan="4" Template:N/a||rowspan="4" Template:N/a|
|September 27, 2015||Nashville||Ascend Amphitheater|
|September 29, 2015||Memphis||FedExForum|
|September 30, 2015||New Orleans||Smoothie King Center|
|October 13, 2015||San Francisco||Bill Graham Civic Auditorium||10,172 / 10,172||$1,131,847|
|October 14, 2015|
|October 16, 2015||Inglewood||The Forum||12,676 / 12,676||$1,410,660|
|October 17, 2015||San Diego||Viejas Arena||rowspan="2" Template:N/a||rowspan="2" Template:N/a|
|October 19, 2015||Phoenix||Comerica Theatre|
|October 21, 2015||Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara Bowl||8,839 / 8,839||$849,456|
|October 22, 2015|
|October 30, 2015||Omaha||CenturyLink Center Omaha||Template:N/a||Template:N/a|
|November 1, 2015||Minneapolis||Target Center||8,879 / 10,395||$466,275|
|November 3, 2015||Chicago||Chicago Theatre||10,451 / 10,451||$1,436,172|
|November 4, 2015|
|November 6, 2015|
|November 12, 2015||Honolulu||Blaisdell Arena||rowspan="3" Template:N/a||rowspan="3" Template:N/a|
|November 13, 2015|
|November 15, 2015|
|November 19, 2015||Osaka||Japan||Intex Osaka||rowspan="4" Template:N/a||rowspan="4" Template:N/a|
|November 21, 2015||Saitama||Saitama Super Arena|
|November 22, 2015|
|March 26, 2016||Dubai||United Arab Emirates||Meydan Racecourse|
|May 14, 2016||Las Vegas||United States||T-Mobile Arena||—||—|
|May 19, 2016||Concord||Concord Pavilion||—||—|
|May 21, 2016||Los Angeles||Hollywood Bowl||—||—|
|May 23, 2016||Tucson||Tucson Arena||—||—|
|May 24, 2016||Albuquerque||Isleta Amphitheater||—||—|
|May 26, 2016||Austin||Frank Erwin Center||—||—|
|May 28, 2016||Lafayette||Cajundome||—||—|
|May 29, 2016||Birmingham||Legacy Arena||—||—|
|May 31, 2016||Little Rock||Verizon Arena||—||—|
|June 2, 2016||Moline||iWireless Center||—||—|
|June 4, 2016||Rosemont||Allstate Arena||—||—|
|June 5, 2016||Milwaukee||BMO Harris Bradley Center||—||—|
|June 7, 2016||Toledo||Huntington Center||—||—|
|June 8, 2016||Louisville||KFC Yum! Center||—||—|
|June 10, 2016||Norfolk||Scope Arena||—||—|
|June 11, 2016||Atlantic City||Boardwalk Hall||—||—|
|June 14, 2016||Hershey||Giant Center||—||—|
|June 15, 2016||Rochester||Blue Cross Arena||—||—|
|June 17, 2016||Montreal||Canada||Bell Centre||—||—|
|June 18, 2016||London||Budweiser Gardens||—||—|
|June 21, 2016||Manchester||United States||Verizon Wireless Arena||—||—|
|June 22, 2016||Providence||Dunkin' Donuts Center||—||—|
|June 24, 2016||Holmdel||PNC Bank Arts Center||—||—|
|June 25, 2016||Wantagh||Nikon at Jones Beach Theater||—||—|
|June 29, 2016||Salt Lake City||Vivint Smart Home Arena||—||—|
|July 1, 2016||Denver||Pepsi Center||—||—|
|July 3, 2016||Portland||Moda Center||—||—|
|July 5, 2016||Seattle||KeyArena||—||—|
|July 7, 2016||Sacramento||Sleep Train Arena||—||—|
|July 8, 2016||Anaheim||Honda Center||—||—|
|July 11, 2016||San Antonio||AT&T Center||—||—|
|July 13, 2016||Houston||Toyota Center||—||—|
|July 15, 2016||Dallas||American Airlines Center||—||—|
|July 16, 2016||Tulsa||BOK Center||—||—|
|July 18, 2016||Kansas City||Sprint Center||—||—|
|July 20, 2016||St. Louis||Chaifetz Arena||—||—|
|July 22, 2016||Indianapolis||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||—||—|
|July 23, 2016||Auburn Hills||The Palace of Auburn Hills||—||—|
|July 25, 2016||Columbus||Value City Arena||—||—|
|July 26, 2016||Pittsburgh||Consol Energy Center||—||—|
|August 4, 2016||Sunrise||BB&T Center||—||—|
|August 5, 2016||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena||—||—|
|August 7, 2016||Atlanta||Philips Arena||—||—|
|August 9, 2016||Washington, D.C.||Verizon Center||—||—|
|August 10, 2016||Winston-Salem||LJVM Coliseum||—||—|
|August 12, 2016||Columbia||Colonial Life Arena||—||—|
|August 14, 2016||Baltimore||Royal Farms Arena||—||—|
|August 15, 2016||Brooklyn||Barclays Center||—||—|
|August 17, 2016||Newark||Prudential Center||—||—|
|August 18, 2016||Boston||TD Garden||—||—|
|August 20, 2016||Bethlehem||Sands Events Center||—||—|
|August 21, 2016||Hartford||XL Center||—||—|
|August 24, 2016||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center||—||—|
|August 26, 2016||Saratoga Springs||Saratoga Performing Arts Center||—||—|
|August 28, 2016||Cleveland||Quicken Loans Arena||—||—|
|Total|| 89,575 / 92,752|
According to Forbes, Janet's absence since her previous tour coupled with the social media campaign to have her return to recording music and performing generated high ticket prices, averaging $167.20 on the secondary market.
The most expensive shows for the first leg of the tour include The Forum in Inglewood, California and the Chicago Theatre while the Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia will host the least expensive show on the tour.
According to sales reports from Live Nation, "88 percent of the tickets on the trek’s first leg (Aug. 31 to Nov. 15) were purchased two weeks after going on sale; nearly 80 percent of the tickets for the second leg (Jan. 12 to March 9) were gone in two days."
Due to immediate sell-outs, additional concert dates were added to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and at the Chicago Theatre.
The tour also set a record for the fastest sell-out in the history of Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, selling 2,400 tickets within 30 minutes.
According to StubHub, a ticket resale site, the Unbreakable World Tour ranked the tenth most popular concert tour of the fall of 2015.
At the end of 2015, the tour placed at number 74 on Pollstar's "2015 Year-End Top 200 North American Tours" list, grossing $15 million from 33 shows with a total attendance of 179,340.
Writing for E!, Zach Johnson wrote that "Janet Jackson made a welcome return to the stage" for the tour's opening concert at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
She started the concert with a new song, "Burn It Up", featuring rapper Missy Elliot. The remainder of the setlist included new material from Unbreakable as well as numerous classic songs from her catalog.
Jon Pareles of The New York Times observed that songs on the setlist were arranged by "persona and tempo. She was the woman taking charge (funk), the joyfully loyal lover (upbeat pop), the ballad singer, the woman left lonely (midtempo R&B), the party girl (dance-club beats), the rocker (with guitar up front) and, in the end, the idealist."
He complimented her vocal technique, stating it was "never as delicate as she could make it sound. The rock songs included "Scream" as a duet with the voice of Michael Jackson; she belted it with a raw urgency."
He noted that as the concert neared its end, Janet focused the show on socially conscious messages, including "Rhythm Nation" and a new song from Unbreakable, "a ballad that marched its way toward an anthem, part U2 and part trance music ... It was the virtuous Janet Jackson, the one that was always there."
Fish Griwkowsky of the Edmonton Journal said the show "was a dazzling concert, an energetic temple of love with few hits left unturned", adding that "Jackson is ready for the world again".