Fans receive copies of Unbreakable early

As a thank you for supporting her, Janet’s new album Unbreakable has been delivered to those who pre-ordered it a few days early.

Fans who bought the CD via the official store when it was first announced have been pleasantly surprised over the last few days as the album arrived early.

Those who have posted about the album have been unanimous in their praise for the work, with many citing it as her best since The Velvet Rope.

The CD is in stores and available on iTunes and Spotify this Friday worldwide.

Here at Janet Love we’d love to hear your comments on the CD below if you’ve already listened. What are you favourite tracks and what do the lyrics mean to you?


Europe to get Limited Edition cover of “Unbreakable” album

A limited edition of Janet’s upcoming Unbreakable album is set to be released in Europe.

The album will have the same tracklisting but a second cover.

Fans worldwide can pre-order the limited edition now from Amazon UK now.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the edition will be released in the United States.

Janet Jackson Unbreakable Limited Edition eyes closed cover

Darren Blogs Unbreakable World Tour

Darren Blogs: Janet’s perfect delivery

So here we are, three shows in and Miss Janet Jackson has given us, the fans, an astonishing amount of new material delivered with sheer precision in both its marketing strategy and its content.

Since her initial announcement in May, Janet and her team have engineered her return to world domination with gentle but well planned and meticulous timing.

Through a series of coordinated tweets and posts, Janet has been in control of her own content releasing new material in a steady fashion but giving fans enough to “keep the conversation going”.

Very little has been released exclusively to national media outlets, with the focus instead being on reporters and blogs picking up on material Janet has published herself usually through her Twitter page.

Janet hasn’t done any major sit down interviews, nor has she graced the cover of magazines but the frenzy surrounding her return has been palpable with multiple media outlets regularly giving air time and column inches to Janet’s return.

So how has this new strategy evolved? Firstly, it’s the fact she’s been out of the public eye for an extended period of time. She’s never been one to release albums every year like some of today’s pop empresarios. But this is the first time that Janet has released an album in the new sphere of heavy social media, rapid music turnover and streaming music services.

You’ll notice that by looking at the tracklisting for her new album Unbreakable you’ll see a host of songs and they’re all songs, not interludes. But when you listen to the title track Unbreakable you’ll notice it’s sandwiched between two very distinctive Janet interludes but they form the body of the album track. It’s likely that this is a very clever ploy to ensure that singles can continue to be released in traditional format without the interludes to enable fans to purchase slightly different versions of the song when they are released down the line and to give the album a shelf life longer than others. As far as I’m aware it’s the first time any artist has done this but it’s clear that Janet intends to make sure that this album lasts the duration of her tour.

These days artists tend to release several singles before then announcing the album and releasing it in order to generate as many sales and streams as possible. Janet’s team openly acknowledge that chart positions aren’t the prime goal here. They are an added bonus, but the message Janet is portraying is the key.

Lyrically we know that Janet’s most recent albums haven’t reached the depths of the introspective and contemplative Velvet Rope. But it’s clear that Unbreakable will see a return to the profound lyrics we all know and love Janet for. Lyrics that touch each and every one of her fans in different ways.

Only recently have I discovered a book called The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs which is named after the album and talks about issues faced by gay men as they grow up and the need to self reflect, analyse and find contentment in oneself. It’s an analysis that Janet plunged into in the Velvet Rope with lyrics such as “we all have the need to feel special” and “check in the mirror my friend, no lies will be told then, pointing the finger again, you can’t blame nobody but you”. It shows just how far and deep Janet’s message can permeate.

On Unbreakable we’ve already had insight into the depths Janet is going to with this album. Reuniting with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis she sings: “I lived through my mistakes, it’s just a part of growing”, presumably in reference to failed marriages and public vitriol that came as a result of the Superbowl.

And the track titles reveal their own depth with the album being clearly dedicated to falling in love, breaking up and being augmented with socially conscious messages such as that displayed on Shoulda Known Better and Lessons Learned.

The opening of the Unbreakable Tour in Vancouver also brought with it total surprises for the fans. Premièring new tracks, until the lights went down and the show started no one had even caught wind of the fact that Janet had a new track with Missy Elliott.

The surprises kept on coming with new choreography and three further new tracks taken from the album. We’ve already been told by Janet’s choreographer Gil Duldulao to expect changes between leg one and two and I understand that Janet is set to perform at London’s O2 Arena on 30th April 2016 which means we’re already expecting a third leg.

And the surprises will keep on coming I’m reliably informed. The regular use of the hashtag #ConversationsInACafe still hasn’t become apparent. It will in due course.

Reiterating the lyrics of the track The Great Forever, in which Janet tells others not to speculate about her life or the way she lives it, we’re reminded that that’s exactly what she’s doing with the release of Unbreakable. She is releasing the music directly to the fans through Rhythm Nation Records, when she wants and how she wants. And my word should we be grateful she’s even doing it at all.

Let’s keep the conversation going (by leaving your comments below).

Darren Burn – Founder, Janet Love /


Billboard: Inside Janet Jackson’s Comeback Gamble

The following article is taken from Billboard Magazine and talks about Janet’s upcoming album and perceptions from within her camp.

It’s clear from the article that the project is a “slow burner” with legs to run for several months and that the introduction of No Sleeep was intended to be a soft launch.

Inside Janet Jackson’s Comeback Gamble and the Hurdle of the ‘Aging Diva’ Stereotype

Ageism? hardly. With tour tickets selling briskly and a new album bringing major buzz, the 49-year-old bucks the trend.

Time can be cruel to the female pop star rounding 50. No matter how little her talent might diminish, under the spotlight’s glare, critics gleefully count ­wrinkles and listen for pitchy vocals in a way that rarely happens with male artists. Just askMadonna, 56, or 45-year-old Mariah Carey, whose journeys into middle age have been ­challenging at best. Britney Spears, 33, Jennifer Lopez, 46, Celine Dion, 47, and Shania Twain, 49, already have taken the Vegas route. (Granted, Cher at 69 seems immune, but she’s the exception to most rules.) Can Janet Jackson, at 49, avoid the syndrome?

She’s off to a strong start. Since a May 16 online tease of “new music, new world tour, a new movement,” Jackson has rapidly reeled off news about the launch of her own Rhythm Nation Records (a worldwide partnership with BMG), her first studio album in seven years and the initial two legs of a world tour, starting Aug. 31.

Jackson’s new single, “No Sleeep,” rose to No. 5 in its second week on Billboard’sAdult R&B airplay chart — her first top five hit on that tally in 11 years — and the song will get added sizzle when the album version, featuring red-hot rapper J. Cole, goes to radio on July 23. But most of all, her 65-date Unbreakable Tour is selling tickets at a blazing clip. According to promoter 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.

After a long lukewarm period, it seems the world wants Janet Jackson back. Still, by diva standards, the Janet rollout has had a relatively low profile so far. Why? “I think there’s a desperation to a lot of the older divas,” says Jon Cohen, evp of recorded music at BMG US. “They’ve got to hit it out of the park. With Janet, if she doesn’t put out a cross-format smash right out of the box, people think it isn’t a success, but that’s not it. This was completely calculated.”

Indeed, initial talk of a “multiple Janet projects occurring simultaneously” goes back at least to 2010, according to one source who was working with Jackson at the time. Back then, she was managed by Kenneth Crear and it seemed that new music was imminent, having built up “so much good will” over the years that “you just had to mention her name, it didn’t even have to be anything of substance, and people would go ape-s—t.”

But then, following a 2011 No. 1s tour, Jackson effectively pulled a vanishing act, ­marrying Qatari ­billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2012 and shelving those very endeavors for what, to longtime fans, seemed like an eternity. Enter Kathy Ireland. The model/­businesswoman took a vested interest in Jackson’s career through Sterling/Winters, Jackson’s ­management company, which is owned by Kathy Ireland Worldwide and run by ­president/COO Stephen Roseberry. Sharing management duties are Jaime Mendoza and Jessica Davenport of JDJ Entertainment, who, as a group, negotiated with BMG to lock down a recording budget for Jackson (to the tune of at least $500,000, according to an insider) along with a sizable marketing spend.

Alternative financing models are becoming the norm even for heritage artists once used to grandiose paydays. Jackson herself landed a record-breaking $32 million deal with Virgin Records in 1991. Nine years later, Carey commanded an $80 ­million contract for four albums. But Carey signed to Epic earlier this year for a more modest advance of $2 million, according to sources. Speaking to Billboard in May, Epic chairman L.A. Reid laid out the lay of the land: For Carey “to even be on the radio at this point in her career is a huge accomplishment,” he said. “Because radio doesn’t cater to veteran artists or legends. Radio caters to in-the-moment stars.”

So what is a Janet Jackson album worth in 2015? She’s one of the most successful artists in pop history, having sold some 20 million albums in the SoundScan era, which began five years after her 1986 breathrough, Control. During that time, she’s also notched 10 Hot 100 No. 1s (through 2001) and 27 top 10 singles overall, tying her with Carey and Elton John. Her last album, 2008’s Discipline, has moved a respectable but hardly blockbuster 456,000 units, according to Nielsen Music. Her Number Ones package released in 2009, meanwhile, has moved 273,000 units.

BMG, which is ­providing ­marketing and promotion while the singer retains ownership of the recordings, declines to reveal specifics about Jackson’s ­licensing deal, but an insider familiar with the company’s contracts says BMG tends to favor “small-money, short-term deals.” In Jackson’s case: no advance but an attractive back-end (a 50/50 split).

The investment saw the singer through the last seven months of round-the-clock production with longtime collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for an album that is eyeing a late September release.

Adds Cohen: “The project needs a level of money to protect it. Janet and her camp are extremely aware that it’s 2015 — ­everyone is realistic about what record-selling and streaming mean in this era. Janet was very fair about the deal.”

It’s about the long view, says former Virgin president Phil Quartararo, who has a hand in steering Jackson’s current career path as a member of her extended “team,” and that means life for an artist beyond the “pop silo.” Jackson, he says, “has had such a vast career in music, TV and film; she’s not your average pop star. We’re going to work this record for a long time. It’s not something that’s going to come and go.”

A version this article first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of Billboard.


Janet starts own record label: Rhythm Nation Records

Janet Jackson has today taken to Twitter to announce details of her new album and the establishment of her own record label, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation Records.

The as yet untitled album will be released in the Fall and the label will become the home of new and existing artists too.

Janet’s first album since 2008’s Discipline will be released via BMG in an unique deal to enable artists to retain control over their work. The artist services deal means that Janet will retain ownership of her recordings and full oversight of all costs and revenues.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “Janet is not just a supreme artist, she is a unique cultural force whose work resonates around the world. It is an honor that she has chosen BMG to release her long-awaited new album. We look forward to collaborating with her across every platform.”

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.”

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. It is an honor to work with her.”

Fans have been anticipating new music ever since Janet published a video in which she confirmed she’d be releasing a new album this year as well as heading out on a world tour.

It was reported by RadioFacts that Janet’s latest material will be published by BMG.

The last time Janet released a single was Nothing in March 2010 which was recorded to coincide with the release of the film “Why Did I Get Married Too?



NEW YORK/BERLIN, 3 JUNE 2015 – BMG is proud to announce that it will release the first album in seven years from Janet Jackson, icon, music artist, B.E.T honored, award-winning songwriter, producer, singer, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and winner of the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award, publisher, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of biggest-selling artists in popular music history.

The worldwide partnership with Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation will see the release in Fall 2015 of her first as-yet-untitled album and a commitment to pursue the full range of options within the broader Bertelsmann group of which BMG is part. With Rhythm Nation Janet Jackson becomes arguably the first female African-American recording artist to form her own record label. At Rhythm Nation Janet plans to offer a home to both new and established recording artists.

The partnership with BMG makes Janet Jackson 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 pop culture. 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.

Ms. Jackson’s May 16 announcement of an upcoming new album and a world tour via #ConversationsInACafe sent fans into a social media frenzy.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “Janet is not just a supreme artist, she is a unique cultural force whose work resonates around the world. It is an honor that she has chosen BMG to release her long-awaited new album. We look forward to collaborating with her across every platform.”

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.”

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. It is an honor to work with her.”

Janet began her career at the age of seven when she first performed with her family at the MGM in Las Vegas. The worldwide breakthrough came with her third album Controlin 1986, her legendary collaboration with 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 won four American Music Awards out of twelve nominations and was nominated for an Album of the Year at the Grammys.

Next came Rhythm Nation 1814, a socially-conscious album critiquing injustice, illiteracy, crime, drugs, and racial intolerance, which last year celebrated its 25thanniversary. It remains the only album yet to have launched number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in three separate calendar years

1993’s janet sent her career into the stratosphere and brought the worldwide smash ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’. From 1995’s Design Of A Decade retrospective through studio albums The Velvet Rope, All For You and Discipline, Janet has continued to thrill and inspire her fans worldwide.

Janet Jackson is one of very few music artists to have also achieved a successful acting career. Initially known as a young TV star, her first three films opened at number one at the box office with her next two big screen projects opening in the top three. Janet’s music has also made an impact in the film world when the artist received an Academy Award Nomination in the Best Music, Original Song category.

Zach Katz, Chief Creative Officer, BMG Chrysalis US, said: “Janet’s list of achievements and accomplishments is truly staggering. She is a global artist whose career has touched on virtually every area of popular culture. Her new album will undoubtedly have a significant impact. We look forward to collaborating with her and Rhythm Nation to nurture a new generation of artists.”

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.”

The agreement with Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation Records is the latest high-profile milestone for the new BMG, just six-and-a-half years since its launch. Key to the BMG approach is a commitment to transparency and fairness to artists, typified by its Artist Services deals. Over the past year BMG has released albums by the likes of alt-J, The Smashing Pumpkins, Anastacia, Backstreet Boys, Nena, Bryan Ferry, You Me At Six and The Charlatans.

Janet Jackson is represented by William Morris Endeavor, Sterling Winters Company, attorneys Tom Hoberman and Don Steele, and JDJ Entertainment.


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.


Janet speaks to New York Times

In a new interview with Gary Graff for the New York Times syndicate, Janet speaks about Discipline, her love of touring and much more. Read the article below:

Janet Jackson finds freedom in ‘Discipline’

By Gary Graff
The New York Times Syndicate
Contrary to its ominous title, Janet Jackson thinks that her latest album, “Discipline,” captures the lighthearted flavor of where she is in her life these days.

“This album is very up,” she says. “It’s very dance, It’s very hopping, it’s very feel-good. And it has some moments of some thought-provoking things … but, still, it’s a very nice mood.

“I think it’s a fun album.”

And fun is something that Jackson says she has recaptured after some trying times in recent years.

Now four years removed from “nipplegate,” the Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction” fiasco that effectively harpooned the commercial prospects of her next two albums, “Damita Jo” (2004) and “20 Y.O.” (2006), she’s also more than four years into a relationship with producer / songwriter / record-company executive Jermaine Dupri after two sensationalized, initially secret marriages, to fellow singer James DeBarge in 1984 and to Rene Elizondo from 1991 to 2003.

All these positive developments, she hopes, are conveyed on “Discipline.”

“It plays an important role,” says the 41-year-old Jackson, who has sold more than 100 million albums since her self-titled debut in 1982. “I’ve always been the kind of artist that sings about life experience and where I am at that very moment of my life, from ‘Control’ (1986) on. So once again your (music) really reflects where you are in your life.

“And if I was in a funky, very down space,” she says, “that’s what I would probably be searching for musically. But this time it’s really just the opposite.”

Fans have certainly responded to that good feeling. “Discipline” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart after its release in late February, marking the sixth chart-topper of her career and her first No. 1 debut in seven years. The first single, “Feedback,” made her best chart showing since “Someone To Call My Lover” (2001).

“Damita Jo” and “20 Y.O.” each debuted at No. 2, but ironically each sold better in its first week than “Discipline” did. Jackson isn’t letting that fact, which reflects an industrywide sales decline, rain on her parade. She’s simply happy to have a No. 1 hit.

“It’s always a thrill,” she says, “and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. It’s always exciting.”

“Discipline” marks another major change in the musical life of Jackson, who as the youngest member of the famed Jackson clan initially came to prominence as an actress on the television shows “Good Times” (1977-1979) and “Diff’rent Strokes” (1980-1984): She and Dupri have fled Virgin Records, her home for her past five albums, in favor of Island Def Jam, and she credits the new label for the album’s initial success.

“I think the energy you feel really is the new label and having the support of the whole company,” she says, “vs. the support of only half the company for the last two projects.”

There were extensive personnel changes at Virgin, Jackson explains, and she felt that her place at the label had changed.

“We just didn’t see eye to eye anymore,” she says. “It wasn’t my family anymore. Before I knew it, everyone was gone except for one person, and that’s when things started to change. And then my contract was up, and I went to Island and finally got support from the entire record label. There’s a family atmosphere there that feels like Virgin in my beginning years with them.”

Island was so excited to land Jackson that company executives asked her to return to the recording studio immediately, even though she was in “full-blown tour mode,” rehearsing to support “20 Y.O.” The quick decision to move forward caught her without any songs of her own ready to go, so for the first time since “Dream Street” (1984) Jackson has released an album without any of her own songs.

“It was very different for me,” she admits, “but I was OK with that. I’m not the kind of person that has to (write) just so that my name is seen somewhere. If it’s great, then it’s great. If it’s great without me, that’s totally fine. I just want to put the best thing I can forward.”

Once word got out that Jackson was returning to the studio, there was no shortage of material for her and Dupri to consider.

“I just started listening to stuff that people had written for me,” the singer says, “and I started liking things, and those were the things that I picked and that’s how I first started recording this album.

“(A song) just had to have a life connection to myself, something I could relate to in some sort of way,” Jackson says, “or else I didn’t want to do it. I’ve heard songs that were written for me that were given to other artists and were hits for those other artists, and I could hear that they were hit songs, but I couldn’t relate to it.”

Her primary creative goal for “Discipline,” she says, was to create something that was “all about classic me but with a modern twist to it.” She also wanted something with a beat.

“I missed dancing, so it was about getting back in the dance,” Jackson says. “But you still get a feel for a couple of midtempos and slow stuff, and even what everybody calls the ‘baby-making songs.’ But it’s still classic me.”

Part of that “life connection” Jackson sought surfaces in the title song, a pillow-talking track on which she coos about an affinity for sexual sadomasochism, singing “I misbehaved/and my punishment should fit my crime.”

It’s not the first time she has touched on the topic, including previous songs such as “Someday Is Tonight” (1989), “Any Time, Any Place” (1993), “Rope Burn” (1997) and “Would You Mind?” (2001), Jackson points out, so she’s a bit surprised that “a lot of people seem to be focusing on, ‘Oh, this is … wow!’”

“It’s not something that I haven’t done before,” she says. “It’s very sensual and it’s, like it says, wanting to be disciplined by that person you’re really feeling or in love with. It shocks me that people are taken aback because, like, the whole ‘Janet’ (1993) album was really about being liberated and coming more into my womanhood … so I don’t know why they’re paying more attention to it now.

“If they want to call me freaky,” she says, “then so be it. I guess I’ve been that way since the beginning.”

Then again, being part of the Jackson family and particularly being Michael’s younger sister, “freaky” is one of the more polite terms she hears from time to time.

“People pay very close attention to my family,” Jackson says, “and I guess there’s a pro and a con to that. There’s always that scrutiny. I’ve seen other people get it. I don’t know if they’ve gotten it as strongly as my family has, but it is what it is.”

Jackson will be putting herself out to be looked at this fall when she launches a world tour in support of “Discipline.” The tour, which Jackson promises will be “big, it’s always been big,” will kick off in North America in mid-September and move on to territories such as Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe.

“It’s been seven years,” Jackson says, “and I have missed it. It means a great deal to me. When I’m creating music or singing the music (in the studio), I think about the stage performance. I think about the tour. The idea starts that early on for me.

“And I love being able to see the sea of faces, to have that connection, to feel that love,” she says. “That’s exciting for me.”

Jackson also plans to publish a book about her struggle with weight issues and about “being an emotional eater,” co-written with nutritionist David Allen, that she hopes to have out by the end of the year.

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MySpace video to celebrate #1 album

A new promotional video has been posted on Janet’s official MySpace page to celebrate Discipline hitting the top of the charts in the United States. Watch it below.


Discipline enters UK charts at #63

Janet’s latest album, Discipline, has entered the UK album charts at number 63, according to Yahoo! Music. Coincidentally, this is the same chart position that 20 Y.O. entered at in 2006. It unfortunately makes it Janet’s joint lowest ever album chart debut.

Janet’s UK album chart positions (1st week)
Janet Jackson #45
Dream Street n/a
Control #8
Rhythm Nation #4
Janet. #1
The Velvet Rope #6
All For You #2
Damita Jo #32
20 Y.O. #63