“I promised you’d hear it from my lips. And now you will. This year, new music, new world tour, a new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.” By these few words on her video on Vimeo, Janet Jackson has teased about her awaited return with a new album. The yet untitled package – her first since the 2008 released ‘Discipline’ – is to finally see the light in a few months on her newly formed Rhythm Nation record label in association with BMG/Chrysalis.
Accompanied by the phrase “My Conversation” and the hastag “#ConversationInACafe”, which both the singer and long time producer Jimmy Jam have used give an indication about possible album and single titles, although nothing has been officially confirmed to date.
With Rhythm Nation, Janet Jackson becomes the first female African-American recording artist to form her own record label, planning to offer a home to both new and established recording artists. The partnership with BMG makes her the biggest worldwide superstar yet to quit the traditional record label system for a so-called artist services deal, designed to put artists in the driving seat. Unlike a traditional record deal, under an artist services deal, the artist retains ownership of their recordings and full oversight of all costs and revenues.
With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time as well as one of the most awarded with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on contemporary music. Her lengthy string of hits has powerfully influenced popular music, leaving an indelible impression on Pop culture and opening doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.
Janet commented: “Thank you to the talented team at BMG, my new artistic home. The opportunity to be creative in music and every form of entertainment has great potential here.” Meanwhile, Jon Cohen, EVP of Recorded Music at BMG Chrysalis US said: “Janet is a cultural icon and pop star like no other. The release of her long-awaited new album will undoubtedly be one of the musical highlights of 2015.”
Janet began her career at the age of 7 when she first performed with her family at the MGM in Las Vegas. The worldwide breakthrough came with her third album ‘Control’ back in 1986, her legendary collaboration with Minneapolis-based production pair Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis which created the musical fusion of Pop, R&B, Soul, Dance, Jazz, Rock and Rap which defines her unique sound. ‘Control’ winning four American Music Awards out of twelve nominations and being nominated for an Album of the Year at the Grammys.
Venus Brown, for BMG Chrysalis US added: “As die-hard fans of her work and of the musical jewels that Janet Jackson has bestowed upon the world, we are beyond thrilled that she has chosen BMG to be her new partner. Her music and her video and concert styling, particularly ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’, changed the course of Pop Music.”