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Janet Jackson will release new album via her new record label

Janet Jackson will release new album via her new record label
Janet Jackson performs at the Greek Theater in September 2011. She has a new album due out this fall. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

After seven years, Janet Jackson has a new album - and a new means to release it.

Following the Twitter announcement of her return last month, it was confirmed Wednesday morning on Jackson's official website that the as-yet untitled album will come out this fall via BMG. It will be her first LP since 2008's "Discipline."

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The record comes alongside news of Jackson forming a new label, Rhythm Nation, that will partner with BMG in a "label services" deal that will allow for independent distribution and increased control over copyright ownership and expenses. The move is a departure from her longtime home at Atlantic.

Despite a long absence of new music, Jackson remains one of pop's most significant figures, having sold 160 million albums alongside the inestimable cultural impact of her family and siblings.

In a statement, BMG Chief Executive Hartwig Masuch said, "Janet is not just a supreme artist, she is a unique cultural force whose work resonates around the world. It is an honor that she has chosen BMG to release her long-awaited new album. We look forward to collaborating with her across every platform."

Earlier last month, fans suspected a Jackson album launch was impending, when she tweeted a video promising "new music, new world tour, a new movement."

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