Janet Jackson signs new deal

The singer inks deal with Island

Janet Jackson is set to sign a new record deal with Island Def Jam.

The singer is to follow in the footstep of boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri, by moving from Virgin to her new label.

Speaking about the move, Dupri told Billboard: “She’s on Island, but it’s more or less (Def Jam’s CEO) Antonio ‘LA’ Reid‘s project.

“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.”

Jackson’s departure from Virgin comes in the wake of two consecutive commercial disappointments – 2004’s ‘Damita Jo’ and 2006’s ’20 Y.O’.

Her departure from the label was widely rumoured after Dupri’s exit from the company late last year to become president of Island Urban.

As of the direction the album will take Dupri says: “I don’t really know what he’s (Reid) 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.”

There is no release date for the album, although Billboard suggests that it may be out before the end of the year.