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