It’s the news Janet Jackson fans have been waiting for.
The Queen of Pop has revealed that she is indeed working on a new studio album – news she confirmed the week her iconic ‘janet’ LP turns 20 years old.
Details after the jump…
In a new interview with Billboard, the diva – who turned 47 on Thursday – offered retrospective thoughts about the classic LP and teased her hotly anticipated new record.
Peep an excerpt below:
May 18 marks the 20th anniversary of “janet.” How would you describe what that album captures about your life at that time?
I can’t believe it is already 20 years! I always write my music based on what is going on in my life at the time. I wanted to allow people in… I want my fans to really know me. The ‘janet’ album was sexual and I was beginning to really discover that side of me.
There are musical references and direct samples of janet. songs all over the place now, most notably on Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice.” Have you heard most of these re-interpretations (Moon Boots’ “Sugar,” which samples “If,” How To Dress Well’s cover of “Again,” MNEK’s “That’s The Way Love Goes” etc?) And how does it feel to see your work have such impact on new artists?
I have listened to the music that is out there and I love Kendrick’s “Poetic Justice.” There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me. I hope I do the same for others.
Several of the songs on janet. and their accompanying videos were groundbreaking at the time for their overt sexuality. Why was it so important for you to express that part of yourself in your work, and how did you convince others around you at the time to let you take those risks?
Like I said before, I write about my experiences or things that touch me deeply. I was really beginning to get in tune with my sexual self. This is what I wanted to express so I did. The decision to move forward in an artistic way is mine. I didn’t need to convince anyone.
Many artists cite you as a role model and a huge influence on their career and image. Which artists today do you admire?
I’m flattered that other artists consider me a role model. I’m really enjoying what Bruno Mars and Adele are doing, a lot of artistry there.
It’s been five years since your last album, and nearly four since your last single. Have you been working on new music, and when can we expect it if so?
I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music. I am excited about the direction we are taking. I don’t want to rush it… I don’t want to put a time constraint on the creative process.
Prayer works! We’ve been patiently awaiting a new Ms. Jackson LP for the longest. As her last few (and underrated) projects have highlighted, she still has “it” in abundance and is still a plausible chart prospect — if backed by the right “corporate machine”.
Here’s hoping she’s being deliberately coy about the status of the project and will be releasing it sooner rather than later. We’ve been ready!
Peep some of our favourite new Janet moments below…