Janet Jackson has really got it going on these days. Not only is she happily married to Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, she celebrated her 47th birthday this week and she doesn’t look a day past 30!
Although she’s been keeping a low profile these last couple of years, she opened up about her new music in a recent interview with Billboard.
“I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music. I am excited about the direction we are taking. I don’t want to rush it… I don’t want to put a time constraint on the creative process,” she shared. “I’ve been exposed to all types of great music. I like to collaborate on my music. The creative process is fun and you get a lot of ideas from having discussions about it. Ultimately, the final decision is mine.”
She went on to say that she’s flattered to have an impact on artists such as Kendrick Lamar. “I have listened to the music that is out there and I love Kendrick’s “Poetic Justice.” There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me. I hope I do the same for others.”
She added, “I’m flattered that other artists consider me a role model. I’m really enjoying what Bruno Mars and Adele are doing, a lot of artistry there.”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the release of Janet’s self-titled album, which included hits like “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Any Time, Any Place” and “If.” The youngest Jackson revealed that this was the first album to capture her sexual side.
“I can’t believe it is already 20 years! I always write my music based on what is going on in my life at the time. I wanted to allow people in… I want my fans to really know me. The ‘janet’ album was sexual and I was beginning to really discover that side of me,” she said. “I write about my experiences or things that touch me deeply. I was really beginning to get in tune with my sexual self. This is what I wanted to express so I did. The decision to move forward in an artistic way is mine. I didn’t need to convince anyone.”
We can’t wait to hear Mrs. Jackson’s new music!
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1. #TeamBeautiful's Top Janet Songs!
Since 1982, when she released her first album, Janet Jackson has kept us intrigued by her trend-setting style, effortless dance moves and killer abs! Janet continues to transcend generations even as she approaches the 50-year-old mark! Today marks her 48th birthday, so we pay homage to Janet by collecting our favorite Ms. Jackson jams! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANET!
2. "Pleasure Principle"
"I spent hours perfecting those dance moves in the mirror." -Deborah Bennett, Senior Editor
3. "That's The Way Love Goes"
"Janet in an icon, and as a woman who tried her hardest to learn all her choreography growing up, "That's The Way Love Goes" was a refreshing way to see Janet--soft, chill and relaxed." -Shenequa Golding, Editorial Assistant
4. "When I Think Of You"
"Janet has this way of sneaking a ballad into a pop song. The lyrics are simple but they capture young love's obsession." -Danielle Young, Lifestyle Editor
5. "Miss You Much"
"Back when I loved my 8th grade crush more than my Barbie collection, this song was on repeat. Mainly because I wasn't supposed to have a boyfriend but I secretly did." -Ty Alexander, Style & Beauty Editor
6. "Would You MInd"
"Janet captures raw passion and unabashed sex on this song. Being such a sexual person myself, I appreciate her commitment." -Shamika Sanders, Entertainment Editor
7. "Because Of Love"
"SO hard to choose one Janet favorite! Grew up with her *tapes* (remember those?) in heavy rotation! Besides the obvious hits one of my favorite tracks is this slept on ’93 single. Whenever I hear it I can’t help but want to bounce or hit the running man and Roger Rabbit just like I did as a kid!" -- Nakisha Williams, Senior Editor
"I am the biggest Janet Jackson fan. This is the hardest choice EVER." -Leigh Davenport, Editorial Director