Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson Launches Rhythm Nation Records, Readies New Album for Fall

More details are starting to emerge on Janet Jackson’s big comeback. In a press release on her website, the pop icon announced that her first album in seven years will arrive this fall.

The 49-year-old singer has launched her own label, Rhythm Nation Records, and will release the as-yet-untitled project in partnership with BMG. As part of the new venture, she plans to sign both new and established artists and will retain ownership of her recordings.

“Thank you to the talented team at BMG, my new artistic home,” said Janet in a statement. “The opportunity to be creative in music and every form of entertainment has great potential here.”

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch added, “Janet is not just a supreme artist, she is a unique cultural force whose work resonates around the world. It is an honor that she has chosen BMG to release her long-awaited new album. We look forward to collaborating with her across every platform.”

In a video last month, Janet announced plans for a world tour and new album, her first since 2008’s Discipline, using the #ConversationsInACafe hashtag. Earlier this week, it was revealed that her new single will “hit radio and/or online within 30 days.”