Janet Jackson has confirmed that she is currently working on new music.
The news suggests that Jackson will soon deliver on a follow-up to her last full-length body of work ‘Unbreakable’, which was released back in October 2015.
Speaking to Billboard ahead of the publication’s annual Music Awards on Sunday (May 20) – where she’ll receive the prestigious Icon Award – Jackson disclosed that she was currently writing new music, but wouldn’t be drawn on specifics.
“I wish I could,” Jackson replied when asked to discuss the direction of her new music. “I’m not trying to avoid the question and be secretive, but the truth is that I don’t try to analyse the creative process while it’s still ongoing. I’m very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me.
“This morning, I saw this lovely elderly Japanese woman walking down the streets of Hollywood wearing an adorable bonnet with bright red flowers. She might be a song.
“I remembered an especially painful chapter in my early life last night before going to bed. That might be a song,” she continued about her current sources of creative inspiration. “I woke up this morning and heard a bird chirping in a rhythm that captivated my heart. Maybe that will turn into a new groove. Like everyone else, my feelings are fluid. My ideas are fleeting. I like to keep it that way.
“I can’t decide in advance what a song or an album concept will be. I have to let those songs and concepts come to me rather than chase them down.”
Jackson will perform at a number of festivals this summer, including FYF Festival in LA in July.