Jackson becomes the first female African-American recording artist to form her own label
Janet Jackson has revealed further details of her new album.
Her first album for seven years will be released “in Fall 2015” in a partnership between BMG and her own new label Rhythm Nation.
Jackson makes history with the launch of Rhythm Nation, becoming the first female African-American recording artist to form her own label. A press release announcing the news was posted to her website today (June 3). An extract reads:
“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.”
Janet Jackson first announced plans to release a new album and embark on a world tour in April. She revealed the news in a video which can be seen below. In the short clip, Jackson 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.”
In a hint as to what could be an album or song title, a tweet featuring the video included the hashtag #conversationsinacafe and the title ‘My Conversation’.
Jackson released ‘Discipline’, her last album, in 2008. A hits collection, ‘Number Ones’, followed a year after. She has released ten studio albums in total, including global chart toppers ‘Control’, ‘Rhythm Nation’, ‘janet’ and ‘All For You’.