In case you’ve been swept away by a TIDAL wave (unlikely) you haven’t heard about the impending slayage that is coming in the form of a new Janet Jackson album. But even more EPIC news than that is that it will be released on her very own label.
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.
I hope these girls spend the summer getting their shyt together because I’m not seeing them thriving come this Fall. And I hear all the proclamations from the Beyhive about Janet being old and not having it sexually anymore. They’re right. She is older and sex might not be the main course (as it is with others), but Janet doesn’t just offer sex. Janet offers a substance lacking in many of the present artists. Janet possesses an understanding of her audience and a want to take them somewhere with each project. She presents a “body of work” instead of a bunch of singles. She seems refocused and committed to presenting something this Fall that will take us in a different direction we’re headed in….and I’m all the way here for it. #ThotsBeware
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