News Photos Unbreakable World Tour

Unbreakable tracklisting, cover and release date announced

Janet’s new album Unbreakable will be released worldwide on Friday 2nd October, with pre-orders starting today on Apple iTunes. UK fans can pre-order now on Amazon.

The cover art has also been revealed, showing Janet sporting what is becoming the new symbol of the era, a black eagle.

Janet Jackson Unbreakable album cover

Janet’s long time friends and producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis said:

It’s wonderful to be creating again with Janet. From songwriting, producing, arranging, singing, dancing, acting, she deftly does it all and truly personifies the word artist. Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her. It is a subject for conversation, a plea for compassion, and a call for action from someone who’s come a long way, but’s got a long way to go, and has much to say about it. In other words, if you want to know what’s on her mind you only have to listen.

Jon Cohen, EVP Recorded Music at BMG US/Vagrant Music added:

It is truly a joyous occasion to have Janet’s record in hand and on the schedule. This amazing body of work reflects not only the timeless brilliance of Janet’s artistry, but a much awaited reunion between Ms. Jackson and the talented duo of Jam & Lewis. Working with Team Janet is a pleasure every day, and BMG is honored to be welcomed into this loving family.

The tracklisting for the album has also been officially released, confirming the names of some of the tracks Janet has been performing on tour.

Burnitup! (Feat. Missy Elliott)
Dammn Baby
The Great Forever
Shoulda Known Better
After You Fall
Broken Hearts Heal
No Sleeep (Feat. J Cole)
Dream Maker/ Euphoria
2 B Loved
Take Me Away
Lessons Learned
Black Eagle
Well Traveled
Gon B Alright


In a press release, fans were told that the album indicates themes which will be explored in Janet’s creation of the music for the “Unbreakable” album and tours.

Those themes include Janet’s views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet.  Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue.

The album also will mark the first time Janet Jackson has opened up about her brother Michael and with reflections concerning her youth. Inherent in this music will be her feeling that we must learn to celebrate life and the things each of us experiences and endures and how that process can make each person stronger. The Album, she assures her fans, contains messages and observations throughout, that are based on the fact that Janet Jackson has lived a lot of life.


Janet releases new lyric video featuring J. Cole

In a new lyric video released today, Janet is seen in the studio with J. Cole writing the new rap verse for the album version of the single No Sleeep.

The video also includes behind the scenes footage from the video shoot for the song.


Behind the scenes of No Sleeep

Access Hollywood has published a video showing behind the scenes of Janet’s new video for No Sleeep.

Multimedia News

Janet premieres No Sleeep video

Janet premiered the music video for her new single No Sleeep today.

The video, which was directed by Dave Meyers, shows Janet in a dark lit house whilst it’s raining outside.

She’s later joined in the video by J-Cole.



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.

News Uncategorized

Janet releases No Sleeep collaboration with J. Cole

Janet will release a new version of her single No Sleeep featuring rapper J. Cole, has reported.

The track, which is set to debut today, will appear on Janet’s upcoming album which is due out in September, according to the site.

It means that Janet’s solo version of No Sleeep will not appear on the album. The track was recorded two weeks ago according to Billboard’s sources.

Janet recently attended the Los Angeles stop on J. Cole’s Forest Hills Drive Tour on Sunday at Staples Center. She tweeted a photo of herself with her new dancers at the show which was also attended by Jimmy Jam.

Update: The song has been premiered on US radio and will be released in the coming days.

News Unbreakable World Tour

BMG execs surprised by success of “No Sleeep”

BMG executives have been taken by surprise at the success of Janet’s first single No Sleeep from her upcoming album.

They have also said that the single was meant to be a “laid-back introduction” to the new era.

In a press release, published today, Jon Cohen from BMG US said:

‘NO SLEEEP has completely taken us by surprise by how quickly it has taken off. What was meant to be a laid-back introduction to the campaign has taken Urban AC by storm, hitting the Top Five within three weeks and has sold 60,000 singles in two weeks. All I can say to all of Janet’s fans is ‘Wait til you hear the rest of the album!'”


The song has claimed the #5 spot on the Urban AC chart only three weeks after its debut. It has also seen a jump on Billboard’s Adult R & B chart, claiming the #6 spot, increasing its position from last week’s #8 spot.

Brad Wavra from Live Nation said:

“Fans across the continent have been showing Janet Jackson that their love for her and her music is ‘Unbreakable’. Ticket sales are on fire, we continue to add shows as demand for tickets is unprecedented.”


Keith Sarkisian of William Morris Endeavor added:

“We’re seeing an incredible response to the ‘Unbreakable’ Tour.  Janet’s fans are thrilled with her new music and that she is touring again, shown by multiple sellouts around the country at venues like The Forum, Air Canada Center and Blaisdale Arena.”


Janet shares lyric video for “No Sleeep”

Janet has shared a lyric video for No Sleeep in a new post to her Twitter page.

The video shows a glimpse behind the scenes of the recording process, lyrics sheets including amendments and the studio in which she recorded the song.

Janet is seen briefly in the video in a baseball cap.


TV commercial confirms Janet at BET Awards

A new video published on Twitter shows a television commercial for this weekend’s BET Awards, confirming Janet Jackson as attending.

Whilst there is no confirmation of a performance, BET has been teasing a surprise performance in a tweet.  

The performance would come in the same week that Janet unveiled her first new single for five years, No Sleeep.


Buy No Sleeep now at Amazon and other stores

As well as being able to stream the song on YouTube and Spotify as previously reported, the song can now be purchased for download at various retailers, including Amazon.

Get your copy for $1.29 on Amazon now.