Billboard confirmed today that Janet Jackson's new full-length is due this fall. The album will come out through the singer's new label, Rhythm Nation Records, in partnership with BMG. A press release from Jackson declared, “With Rhythm Nation Janet Jackson becomes arguably the first female African-American recording artist to form her own record label.” (Heavy emphasis on arguably, as Missy Elliott founded her own label in the '90s, and Solange and Janelle Monae followed suit more recently.) Jackson hopes that her label will “offer a home to both new and established recording artists.”
This album, currently untitled, will be Jackson’s first in more than 7 years: her last release, Discipline, came out in February of 2008. Musical comebacks of all sorts have been in the air in the last 9 months, as Garth Brooks, D'Angelo, and Sleater-Kinney all returned recently after extended breaks from recording. Though Jackson has dropped hints that her new single's title might be connected to #ConversationsInACafe, her press release did not offer any information about a possible single.
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