Sunday, April 14, 2024

Janet Jackson: New Single is Imminent, Album Will Make Grammy Deadline


Janet Jackson’s album and world tour are on pace. This week she released a little video clip on Twitter of a potential new song. The exciting part is that she’s actually singing, not yodeling hip hop story. Her voice sounds great, very Jacksonian.

Meantime, I spoke with the head of BMG Recorded Music, Jon Cohen, co-founder of Vagrant Records. His company was merged into BMG Music Publishing and now they’re actually running a label, not just a music publisher. (“Vagrant,” Cohen reminds me, “still exists.”)

“We are working this record,” Cohen assured me of Janet’s new release. “And we are wholly invested in funding it. We’re not licensing it. We use a real recording selling staff. We’re in partnership with Janet creatively.”

Cohen says a single from Janet is due imminently– and the album should be delivered in July for a late summer release. They will definitely make the September 30th Grammy eligibility deadline.

Meantime, Janet’s social networking looks like it’s in place. She’s very active on Twitter and Facebook, where you can find videos from the dance auditions for her tour.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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