Janet Jackson has quietly returned to A&M Records, according to New York Daily News. Now that the deal is finalized, the recording company takes its focus on promoting her greatest hits album "Number Ones" which has been in U.S. stores since November 17.
"A&M wants this CD to remind people how great Janet is," a source testifies. "They're hoping it'll whet the public's appetite for Janet and pave the way for her new music."
Moreover, the insider revealed that the label's executive Jimmy Iovine has tapped acclaimed producer Rodney Jerkins, who contributed to Janet's 2008 album "Discipline", to work on her next album. The source explained, "Jimmy has given the mandate to make this Janet record a success. He believes that he has the right team in place to finally take Janet back to the top of the music charts. It's a top priority for the label." The album is plotted to come out in the second quarter of 2010.
Janet Jackson left Island Def Jam back in September 2008. At that time, Rodney said the reason of her exit was due to the minimum support she got from the label. "We didn't get the support from the record company," he opened up. "[Janet] felt like it wasn't pushed. I felt like it wasn't pushed correctly. She just didn't get her just due as an artist of that magnitude."
One of the promotional efforts which has been successfully arranged by Janet's camp to support the compilation album is an opening gig at 2009 American Music Awards. Janet is set to deliver a medley of her hit singles when the event is kicked off on November 22.