“She’s on Island, but it’s more or less [Def Jam CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid's] project,” Dupri says. “I let him deal with that on a day-to-day basis. He’s going to A&R that project, too. Janet’s record is one that he’s wanted to do for a long time. He’s very passionate about it.
As for the direction of Jackson’s as-yet-untitled album, Dupri says, “I don’t really know what he’s got in mind at this point. His past record isn’t shabby so I’m going to let him do what he’s going to do. I’m going to do [the new] Mariah [Carey album], and we’re going to make it seem like we’re in competition to see who’s going to have the biggest album of the year.”
In other Janet news, more producers have confirmed their involvement with her project. Speaking with Rap-Up TV, hit-maker Polow Da Don (Promise, Buttons, Like This etc) had the following to say: ‘We’re gonna put her back in the club. I sent her some tracks and she said off the top, she’s like, “I want the hard stuff. I want to dance, I want uptempo, I want club, I want hip”. Producer’s Scott Storch and newcomer Syience (who produced Beyonce and Jay Z’s ‘Hollywood’) have also submitted tracks for the album.
Janet really seems to pulling out all the stops to make sure this new CD is a success; new label, great producers and a hungry team behind her. All the pieces seem to be falling into place for what could be one of music’s biggest comebacks.
What do you think the new Janet developments?