Janet Jackson celebrated her 49th birthday Saturday by revealing to fans that she would end their seven-year wait for music by releasing a new album and embarking on a world tour in 2015. Jackson made the new album announcement in a video she tweeted out to her three million followers. The singer’s last studio LP Discipline arrived in 2008 and she last toured in 2011.
“I promised you’d hear it from my lips and now you will,” Jackson says in the voiceover of the 50-second video, filmed in what looks like a recording studio. “This year, new music, new world tour, a new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.” Jackson’s opening line references an August 2014 tweet from the singer where she promised, “If there is a new project, you’ll hear it from my lips.”
While no release date was unveiled, Jackson hinted that her new album or its first single would be titled either “My Conversation” or “Conversations in a Café,” a hashtag both she and producer Jimmy Jam have used frequently in the past week leading up Jackson’s revelation, Billboard writes.
Jackson’s new album announcement comes just days after a leaked record store release calendar allegedly revealed that a still-untitled new Jackson album would come out on July 10th, Entertainment Weekly reports. However, Atlantic Records quickly denied that they were releasing a new Jackson album this summer, although it’s unclear whether she’s even signed to Atlantic at all. 2008’s Discipline was released via Island Records, but Jackson and the label parted ways soon after the album hit shelves.
By Daniel Kreps