Janet Jackson Album News

Janet Jackson Janet fans have speculated for months now that Janet would leave Virgin Records for Island Def Jam and that appears to be exactly what is happening. 20 Y.O was Janet’s last album under contract with Virgin and now reports are circulating that L.A. Reid, President of IDJ, is down in Miami personally overseeing the new album which is rumored to have production from long time collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, as well as Pharell and Ne-Yo. No word yet whether Jermaine Dupri, Janet’s boyfriend, will be contributing tracks to the new project.

Many people blame J.D for the failure of 20 Y.0 but I do not agree. Damita Jo failed as well and Jermaine had no hand in that album at all.

Janet’s problems are corporate related. 20 Y.O in my opinion was a very good album and Damita Jo was a work of art. However, neither was embraced by pop radio, MTV OR VH-1.

Janet’s wardrobe malfunction at the Superbowl put her at odds with a corporate giant that owns over 200 radio and television stations. MTV’s own president, a Black woman, kicked dirt on Janet last year by stating no one likes Janet anymore and that is why they don’t play her.

So until Janet’s handlers realize that they must somehow make nice with Viacom, Janet will continue to be ignored by the very people who made her. Janet can’t make it without video stations and pop radio. Janet is not an R n’ B artist and hasn’t been since the Control era.

Call up the head of Viacom, invite him out to lunch, bake him a cake- just do something-anything- that will get Janet back on pop radio, MTV and VH1.

11 Comments

  1. I am a certified Janet fan but I have to be real. I agree about making up with Viacom but I doubt it will happen because they are still in court trying to fight the fines imposed on them because of the Super Bowl. I can’t see them ever supporting Janet again until that is resolved.

    Janet also needs to step up her game. Gone are the days of lip synching and dancing. Even Ciara tries to go with live vocals these days. Janet needs to come back with a whole new game plan too because what she did with the 20 YO album was embarrassing.

  2. I won’t say Janet’s time has come and gone because Mariah came back after two failed albums. Howevr this next album will tell all. If this album flops it will be three in a row and that is a strike. Should that happens Janet should move her focus towards acting, directing, mentoring, just something else. Every album she releases that flops diminishes her legacy in the public’s eye. It is better to bow out gracefully than to be pushed out.

  3. I agree with Stephanie b/c I have both albums and they were very good. Its not Janet’s work, it’s the reaction to the superbowl incident

  4. Damita Jo was off the chain. I mourned when that album flopped but still it has sold over a million copies to date. Janet is missed by her fans and I desperately want to see her in another HBO speacial. There is no one that can touch Janet on the stage :dance:

  5. :dance1: WELL FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD; “THE WORLD’S KING OF POP”, “MICHAEL JACKSON” :dance2: BOUGHT SOME PARTS OF VIACOM, SO MAYBE THINGS WILL CHANGE. I AGREE JANET LAST TWO ALBUMS WERE EXCELLENT DIFFERENT FROM ANYTHING THAT WAS PUT OUT; BUT I THINK THAT VIRGIN DID NOT PROMOTE IT WELL; AND WITH THE BACKLASHING; EVERY ARTIST GOES THROUGH A DRY SPELL ONCE IN THEIR CAREER; I HEARD BARRY GORDY SAY THIS. JANET IS A JACKSON SHE WILL BE JUST FINE; AND LA REID IS A POWERFUL MAN!!

  6. Virgin made some bad moves but so did Janet. Janet;s own lack of promotion was very poor. She only performed twice before the album was released and spent a great deal of last summer on a press tour. Why a press tour? Why not put together a small club and perform to get the word out?

    Alway talking about Jermaine and their sex life together was also a very poor promotional tool. Janet tried to fall back on selling sex too much and it made her look old and washed up.

    Janet forgot what made her hot and instead tried to use gimmicks to sale her music. Had she worked more and performed more she could have been on tour right now and had a somewhat successful album even without pop radio.

  7. This is an excellent article. This was dead on. White folks are still in mourning over the Superbowl incident. Of course, they’ve forgiven Timberfake because he is one of their own.

    Janet has a lot of issues.

    1) Stop showing your stomach and cover up your titties. Yes, you’re beautiful but you’ve been doing that for the past 15 years.

    2) You are NOT a strong singer. So, you need to get Britney’s & Rihanna’s producers.

    3) STOP TALKING ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE! Nobody wants to hear that. You’re 40 years old and should look and behave more classy.

    —— You should have seen the outfit she wore on Oprah. It was a disaster. Her tits were busting out and it just looked all kinds of innappropriate. If you want people to let go of the Superbowl incident you must stop showing your tits and stomach in every interview. GET A CLUE MS. Jackson.

    4) LEARN TO SING LIVE. Stop with all this lip synching. At least sing live for television appearances. Even if you dance less, you come out on top.

    5) Make nice with Viacom/MTV/etc. You need them. You’re not an R&B artist. You are a pop artist. So, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. :dance1:

  8. I will ALWAYS Love some JANET! That’s JANET! But I do think she need to step it up next ablum and give us that Innovative Janet back!!!!! I can’t wait! 🙂

  9. JANET GOING BACK TO THAT JIMMY JAM AND TERRY LEWIS STYLE IS WHAT MADE HER FAMOUS…I WANNA SEE SOMETHING SPECIAL OUTTA THIS PRODUCTION..CAUSE I KNOW SHE GOT IT IN HER, ALSO I THINK SHE NEEDS TO PICK HER VOCALS UP AS WELL. GONE SHOULD BE THE DAYS WHEN SHES WHISPERING EVERYTHING, GRANTED BACK IN THE DAY CAUSE NOBODY ELSE WAS DOING IT IS WAS COOL AND KINDA SEXY, (IM SURE MILLIONS HAVE PRODUCED OFFSPRING BECAUSE OF IT) BUT UMMMM YEAH..DITCH THE BABY VOICE SINGING AND STUFF AND GET A BETTER STYLIST, SOMEONE THAT CAN BRING HER INTO THE NEW MILLIUNUM, ALL OF THIS SAID, IF SHE STICKS TO THIS FORMULA SHE’LL REALLY BE BACK!!!

  10. I HEARD THAT BECAUSE VIRGIN DID NOT HANDLE DAMITA JO, THE WAY THAT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN, AND 20 YO WAS THE LAST ALBUM TO FULFILL HER CONTRACT THAT JANET JUST PUT TOGETHER AN ALBUM TO SAY, OK THERE’S YOUR LAST ALBUM, HER HEART WAS NOT INTO THIS THE WAY IT WAS WITH PREVIOUS ALBUMS. JANET JACKSON THE THE GREATEST PERFORMER OF ALL TIMES OTHER THAN HER BROTHER MICHAEL!! JANET WILL BE ON TOP AGAIN.

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