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Pop icon Janet Jackson may have been out of the spotlight for years, but she’s making her return in a very 2015 way. Jackson announced on her Instagram account today that her new album Unbreakable will be released on October 2. Let’s pause for a moment to honour the return of the Queen.
The new record, Jackson’s first since 2008’s Discipline, will feature her latest single No Sleeep featuring J. Cole. In addition to her first single with J. Cole, the 17-track album also features a collaboration with Missy Elliott.
Jackson has already kicked off the tour in support of the new album, playing Vancouver this past week then making her way across the US, Canada, and Japan through 2016.
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Jackson has been sharing lyrics to songs on Unbreakable, including the title track and a song called The Great Forever.
The Insta-pics reveal that Jackson is again teaming up with J. Harris III and T. Lewis, aka Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
The production duo are responsible for some of Jackson’s biggest hits, including If, Again, All For You, Because of Love, I Get Lonely and Go Deep. Unbreakable’s release coincides with the 30th anniversary of Control, which won Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis a Grammy for Producer of the Year.
According to Jackson’s website, Unbreakable will touch on themes like “where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet,” as well as ideas explored on Janet’s 1989 album Rhythm Nation.
The new record will also be the first time Jackson opens up about the passing of her brother Michael in her music.
Unbreakable is now available for pre-order on iTunes and is set to be released on October 2.