Janet Jackson Reluctant to Continue With Def Jam

September 05, 2008 03:38:37 GMT

Raising questions about her relationship with Def Jam, Janet Jackson is assumed to depart from the label.

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Following the poor market share for her tenth major studio album "Discipline", Janet Jackson has reportedly questioned the capability of Def Jam Island Records and been reluctant to continue her deal with the recording company. In a conference call, Janet says, "I can't say if we'll be working with them in the future."

When asked whether it means that she will be leaving the label, Janet refuses to give an explanation. Instead of elaborating her statement, she says, "I don't know what the future holds between the two of us."

"Discipline" is Janet's first work with the Def Jam after leaving Virgin Records. Produced by herself and her boyfriend, Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri, the first single "Feedback" from the album could only peak at number 19 on Billboard Hot 100 chart and second single "Rock With U" only reached number 121.

The rumor starts to rise with a saying that Janet's suspicious absence from Def Jam-produced charity song "Just Stand Up", which features many established female singers, is due to the distant relationship. Unfortunately, neither Janet nor the label give their comments on the issue.

Despite the rumor, Janet is now preparing to kick off her "Rock Witchu" tour on September 10 in Vancouver. She says that the tour is a fans' request, which is made on her call-in line service. "They tell me what they'd like to hear, what they'd like to see, what they want. And this is what I'm trying to give them," the singer explains.

Elsewhere, Janet is booked along side Snoop Dogg, Toby Keith, and Jessica Simpson for a special appearance in support of U.S. troops before the military members serve overseas. The show will be broadcast on Sunday, September 7 at 9 P.M. ET/PT through ABC.


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posted by Megan Smith on Sep 10, 2008
I agree, leaving Def Jam would be the best thing for Janet. I don't feel that they treated her "Discipline" project with the same effort of other Def Jam releases. They boasted that the company would fully support and promote her; but that obviously wasn't the case after just a "month" of promotion. Its very disappointing because of Janet's talent and the fact that "Discipline" is a well-crafted dance album and to not receive the promotion it deserves, is very unfortunate. I hope that Janet signs with Live Nation or another major label that has great Marketing & Promotion. I'd like to see her work with Clive Davis/Jive label, perhaps Sony.
posted by Frank Paul Gambino on Sep 05, 2008
Make the breakup official Janet. I do not know why you keep playing along with this charade. Def Jam damn them, we will sign you to Live Nation after the tour, in reality you are with Live Nation now, they are the Producers of the tour (Tour Support.) LL Cool J, I understand has a busy schedule, thanks anyway. Do the World, do not forget the troops and find an International appeal opening act. Love Paul

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