Get ready for a full-on Janet Jackson comeback. On the heels of recording her first new studio album in seven years, Unbreakable, the pop diva just dropped the title track.
The ballad praises her fans with lines like “Truth is that I wouldn’t be here without the love I stand on,” and “you make me feel wanted.” The 17-track LP, featuring collaborations with J. Cole and Missy Elliot, debuts on October 2.
“Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her,” said co-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in a statement. “It is a subject for conversation, a plea for compassion, and a call for action from someone who’s come a long way, but’s got a long way to go, and has much to say about it. In other words, if you want to know what’s on her mind you only have to listen.”
The record also marks the first time that Jackson opened up about her brother Michael, according to the press release.
Other themes include “Janet’s view on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet. Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue.”
Since her last record, Jackson has starred in the films Why Did I Get Married Too? and For Colored Girls, helped design a clothing and accessories line for Blackglama, and married her third husband Wissam Al Mana.
She’s now focusing on music with a vengeance. The 49-year-old began her first tour in four years this week to positive reviews. “I promised you’d hear it from my lips, and now you will,” she said in a promo video earlier this year. “This year: new music, new world tour, a new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.”