Report: Janet to release new single imminently

Industry website Radio Facts is reporting that Janet Jackson will release her new single to radio within 30 days.

It is expected to be distributed by BMG, although the label that is responsible for its release is yet to be confirmed.

Janet confirmed earlier this month that she would be releasing a new album and also embarking on a new world tour.

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Janet pictured at dance studio

Janet Jackson was spotted in Los Angeles yesterday.

She stopped to pose for photographers as she entered a dance studio to rehearse for her upcoming single and world tour.

Dressed in a black cap and hoodie, Janet smiled to photographers.

Janet Jackson at dance studio in Los Angeles


Daily Beast Article: Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

In an article posted on The Daily Beast, Stereo Williams looks ahead to Janet’s upcoming album outlining just how well respected and successful Janet Jackson has been.

Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect: The Pop Diva and Sex Goddess Reclaims Her Throne
Stereo Williams
She’s sold over 140 million albums and has a record 18 consecutive top 10 hits. Now, Janet Jackson is returning with a new album and world tour. Don’t call it a comeback.
“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.”

That was the message pop megastar Janet Jackson gave to her fans this past weekend. On her 49th birthday, the legendary Ms. Jackson announced from her website that she is returning to music after a quiet several years. It’s been seven years since her last studio album, 2008s Discipline; and four years since “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal,” her last major tour. The news of Janet’s return sent social media into a flurry. Fans had been wondering out loud what the six-time Grammy winner has been up to—there had been rumors for the past several months that she was working with her longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. She’d tweeted that she would let the world know when she was good and ready—and this weekend, she did.

Since the announcement, fans and media have been asking whether or not Janet Jackson can pull off a successful comeback at this point in her career. Since her 2001 album, All For You, Janet’s missteps have been well-documented: from the infamous “Nipplegate” controversy during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, to the string of lukewarm albums that followed. Over the years, her album sales declined, she started and ended a high-profile relationship with superproducer Jermaine Dupri, was blacklisted from radio stations (due to Nipplegate), lost her superstar brother, starred in a couple of Tyler Perry movies, and got married to a billionaire. With Janet finally returning, everyone seems to question whether or not she can reclaim her place in pop music. But in all of the commentary, a very important point has apparently been forgotten:

Janet Jackson doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone.

From 1986 to 2001, Janet consistently delivered the best dance pop music of her generation. It was better than Madonna’s over that same stretch. It was even better than her legendary brother Michael’s post-Thriller output. That may seem like blasphemy to some, but with Jam and Lewis in her corner, Janet’s albums from Control to All For You were more thematically unified and fully-realized than well-crafted-but-inconsistent late 80s/early 90s MJ albums like Bad andDangerous. With Control, she helped lay the groundwork for New Jack Swing (Jam and Lewis deserve as much credit for popularizing that sound as Teddy Riley or L.A. Reid and Babyface) and with Rhythm Nation, she delivered that genre’s most compelling and ambitious LP. For what it’s worth, Michael didn’t get hip to New Jack Swing until he teamed with Riley in 1991, which was five years after his sister and about two years before the style was dead. Whatever dismissals one can toss at Janet as a songwriter, it’s obvious that her albums were representations of her—even with Jam and Lewis handling the bulk of the music. The Velvet Rope is very much an album that feels introspective and brazenly personal.

But while other superstars of her era can release new music without scrutiny, Janet is being analyzed and dissected. Having announced her comeback, the news was met with skepticism in some circles. Talk show host Wendy Williams had some “advice” for Jackson. “She should stick with her number ones, the songs that we know,” Williams said on her show. “Janet is 49 years old right now. She’s married to that billionaire WASP… she wants to put out new music but nobody bought the music last time. I think that this comeback is going to be impossible; she’s living in a Beyoncé/Rihanna/Taylor Swift world. The music-buying public barely buys and they’re young kids, they’re not us with mortgages and tuition.”

“She needs to sit down and wait for Mariah, Britney and Jennifer to leave [their Las Vegas residencies] and do all the songs that we know the words to.”

Janet’s commercial lag isn’t all that unique. Most chartbusting superstars of yesteryear have experienced sales declines in the era of streaming music and illegal downloading. And great artists do age, with younger generations finding their own heroes to listen to. Prince hasn’t been the chart-topping juggernaut of his heyday in quite some time. But that doesn’t matter because he’s Prince. No one really cares if he doesn’t have a “When Doves Cry” or a “Diamonds and Pearls” dominating radio anymore; his legacy is as firmly set as Stevie Wonder’s or Neil Young’s. The Purple One has released six albums in the last ten years and only two have attained gold status. Paul McCartney’s last two albums didn’t hit the gold mark, either. Similarly, the most recent albums by icons like U2 and Bruce Springsteen only garnered relatively modest sales. Madonna’s status as a consistent presence on the pop charts waned around the same time as Janet’s did; the Material Girl has mostly dominated just the dance/club charts over the last decade. That transition hasn’t led to any loss in Madonna’s status as the so-called “Queen of Pop.”

No one is telling those aging legends to stop releasing new music. We don’t seem to expect them to have to compete with their younger counterparts at all. If their die-hard fans enjoy the albums and the artists enjoy making them, they’ve earned the right to not be judged by the same standard as the hit-making pop star of the moment. Once a legendary artist has cemented their place in the canon of popular music, there is nothing left for them to do to affirm it. The greats don’t have to keep auditioning. They made the grade long ago, and everything they achieve now is just an addendum to their legacy.

So what does a “successful” Janet Jackson comeback mean? Battling the Beyoncés and Taylor Swifts of the world for pop supremacy? None of that matters. None of that is necessary. A successful Janet Jackson comeback simply means that one of the greatest artists of the last 30 years is back to doing what she loves and what her fans love seeing her do. Delivering a compelling album and an electrifying tour is all that matters, not sales or Grammys. She’s done all of that time and again. It’s past time to recognize that Janet Jackson is among the artists at the very top of popular music’s hierarchy. It’s past time to give her the respect she deserves. She doesn’t have to prove she’s still “hot” or “relevant.” She’s a legend. She should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She should be as heralded as Tina Turner. This return isn’t about her “proving” anything to us. She’s doing this for her. And that’s good enough.

With all the great music she’s given the world, she’s more than earned that right.

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Darren Blogs: Janet Love reopens

Welcome back Janet Lovers. It’s a new era and it’s time we regrouped and had a centralised place to share the Janet Love.

The #janfam is big. The new album and new tour that Janet has in store is the first that will benefit from heavy social media promotion. We have already seen in the last few days an insurgence of activity on Twitter and other social platforms.

Janet trended multiple times on her birthday and that was down to the devoted fan base.

This is the first time we can come together as a fan group to promote her project to a wider and new audience. We are stronger together. So let’s stay that way.

We welcome contributions by allowing you to comment on any news we post. Start the conversation.

There isn’t much of the old site left but I did manage to retrieve some old news stories from 2008 which I’ve uploaded – its format might be a little awry but it’s better than nothing.

I’ll be updating you with news as it happens and we’ve some very special surprises over the coming months for you. So get involved. Let’s keep the conversation going…


Report: Janet in talks with LiveNation

Showbiz411 has today reported that Janet is in talks with LiveNation to do a deal which would see the brand take charge of Janet’s upcoming tour and, in turn, license her album. Journalist Roger Friedman reports:

Exclusive: Janet Jackson Has Had Talks with LiveNation for U2-Like Deal, Album Included
Roger Friedman – May 18, 2015

Janet Jackson’s new album. We think it’s called “Conversations in a Cafe.” We know it’s produced by Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis of FlyteTime, her long time musical collaborators. We also know it’s NOT with L.A. Reid at Epic, or at Atlantic Records. It’s probably not ready for July 10th, I’ve heard. It’s still being worked on.However: the word is that Janet may be making a 360 deal with LiveNation, a la Madonna or U2 or Nickelback. In that case, LiveNation would handle the tour and license “Conversations.” Janet’s tour is going to be key to the whole thing. I think it could be HUGE. She cooled off a few years ago, got married, took time off. People miss her. With the right music– no sex talk stuff, please, Janet– adult R&B, but the sexiness as part of the vibe– she can make a big comeback now.Why LiveNation? Let’s be reasonable. Janet’s not doing a deal with AEGLive, after Michael’s death etc. Right? And after album crashes from JLO, Mariah, and others, someone has explained to her that albums by artists of a certain age are not going to sell 1 million copies. So a 360 deal is just right.

Harris and Jackson have been dropping clues for weeks, on Twitter.

And which label? I could see Warner Bros., which also brought back Prince this year. And you could see Janet’s catalogue going there since it’s spread out everywhere. But remember– Virgin EMI was where Janet made her biggest deal in 1996. Virgin is now part of Capitol Records, which is Universal Music. That would be a natural fit for the LiveNation deal. We’ll see.


Image confirms Janet will work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

In an image posted on Janet’s official website and on her Twitter page, the logo for FlyteTyme productions is seen.

There has long been speculation that Janet would work once again with long time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

The duo last produced a full album for Janet in 2001 when she released All For You.


Janet confirms new music and a new tour

Janet today tweeted confirmation that she would be releasing new music and going on a world tour this year.

In a video posted to her Twitter account, Janet can be heard saying: “I promised you’d hear it from my lips and now you will.”

She goes on to say: “This year – new music, new world tour, a new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.”

The video focuses solely on recording studio equipment. No further information on release dates or tour dates has yet been released.



Happy 49th Birthday Janet

Today is Janet’s 49th birthday. On behalf of all fans we’d like to wish her a very happy birthday.

Enjoy the rest ahead of what’s likely to be a very busy coming few months.


Janet continues tweeting about #conversationsinacafe

Janet has continued publishing tweets from other users with the hashtag #conversationsinacafe.

The messages, all of which have a socially conscious aspect to them, include one by long time producer and friend Jimmy Jam which shows a photo of a young boy looking hungry and searching for food.

Once again there has been no official confirmation that any of the tweets relate to an upcoming project but speculation amongst fans remains high that the messages are a prelude ahead of an official announcement about an upcoming Janet project.


Jimmy Jam tweets possible song lyrics

Jimmy Jam, Janet’s long time friend and music producer, has today tweeted an image which shows a handwritten note by Janet including potential lyrics to an upcoming song.

Using the hashtag #conversationsinacafe, the words “Just can’t feel casual bout casualties” are clearly shown in handwriting similar to Janet’s well known autograph.

Whilst there has been no official confirmation from Janet’s camp about the tweet, interactions on social media have shown others in her management team and friendship group use the same hashtag.

Conversations in a cafe
Janet’s handwriting shows potential lyrics to new song