Janet Jackson on Saturday (16th May) announced that she would release a new album this year in a first since the death of her brother Michael.
Earlier this month, the 6-time Grammy winner retweeted producer Jimmy Jam after he posted a tweet of a missing persons mockup featuring, well, herself.
— Jimmy Jam (@flytetymejam) April 17, 2015
Over the weekend, while you weren’t paying attention, she released a video that showed a sound system, with her voice speaking gently over background chatter and urban music.
In the mysterious 32-second video, which featured a studio soundboard and a computer screen displaying her voice levels, she says, “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.”
She was apparently referring to her message on Twitter last year that played down speculation of a new album, with Jackson saying at the time that “you’ll hear it from my lips” if new music is coming.
Jackson called her latest announcement “Conversations in a Cafe”, presumably the title or at least the theme of the upcoming album.
The youngest member of the Jackson family, Janet broke through in her own right with her 1986 album “Control” which was a landmark in merging R&B and the growing genre of hip-hop.
Jackson, who has sold more than 140 million albums, last released a studio album in 2008, the electronic-driven “Discipline”. She briefly retreated from public view to grieve after Michael Jackson died in 2009, but has since returned to acting and went on an 80-date tour in 2011 to promote a greatest hits collection.
In 2012, she quietly married Qatari tycoon Wissam Al Mana.
Can’t wait to see what she has got up her sleeves? Us too! Keep checking back with us for more updates ;)