By Kevin Rutherford
It’s been over six years since Janet Jackson last released an album of new music, dating all the way back to Discipline, which surfaced in February 2008 and became her sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.
Now, after a long way away, it looks like Jackson’s finally going for No. 7.
Idolator reports that after the sizable break, Jackson is back in the studio recording Discipline‘s followup, which would be her 11th LP overall.
The news comes after an interview that speaker company Barefoot Sound conducted for its website with Ian Cross, a producer and engineer who let slip that an album was on the way.
“The new album is going to be great,” Cross said. “It’s a process. There’s a lot in store, yet to come. I can’t go into too many details but I think Janet Jackson’s fans are going to be very excited about the new album, and I think people who don’t know her as fans are going to be excited about it, too. The new paradigm of music, the real people in music now, are blending technology and music together. It’s becoming more and more seamless.
“We’re bringing in some of the best people on the planet to work on this record,” he added. “We’ve got the best rig, the best speakers, and we’re doing a lot of new and interesting things.”
Cross previously worked on Discipline and also engineered Usher’s Raymond vs. Raymond, among others.
A release timeframe for Jackson’s new album has not been confirmed.