Trending: Conversation (with Janet Jackson)
“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 Youtube, Janet Jackson has teased about her upcoming return with a new album. The yet untitled package – her first since ‘Discipline’ back in 2008 – is to finally see the light in a few months on her newly formed Rhythm Nation record label in association with BMG/Chrysalis.
Comin’ along with 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. Eventually 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. This, with the aim 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 also 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. But also as one of the most awarded with a series of hits that have left an indelible impression on contemporary music. Her lengthy string of hits has powerfully influenced popular music. Therefore eaving an indelible impression on Pop culture and opening doors through which other top artists have followed. With many of them 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. And, in the meantime, the beginning of her legendary collaboration with Minneapolis production pair Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The latter crafting 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 receiving a nomination 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.”
Janet Jackson would come a couple of weeks after writing these lines with ‘No Sleeep’. The opening cut to her ‘Unbreakable’ new album, therefore putting an end to an 8 year hiatus.