There have been some rumblings for a while, but it has been confirmed by an engineer working on the project that Janet Jackson has a new album on the way!
In a new interview with Barefoot magazine, vocal producer and engineer Ian Cross confirmed the good news.
“Janet [Jackson] and I had a little bit more of a special relationship because we became friends naturally,” Cross told Barefoot of their ongoing working relationship. “You meet a lot of people and you become friends with a couple of them, but sometimes there is one person you become really good friends with…She asked me to work on an album with her called Discipline in 2007 and, again, just do the same thing, produce the vocals. That led to her hiring me full-time to work with her. That’s where I’m at now.”
He’s worked with Janet on her past three studio albums (Damita Jo, 20 Y.O. and Discipline). Cross says that for this album they’ve been working all over the world (hence why they’ve been able to keep things so secretive).
“The Janet Jackson’s of the world can’t just spend their time in one studio in one city anymore…we’ve been working in Qatar. We’ve been working in Paris, the Middle East, and now we feel like we can work anywhere.”
As far as what we can expect from Janet this go-round?
“The new album is going to be great. It’s a process. There’s a lot in store, yet to come. I can’t go into too many details but I think Janet Jackson’s fans are going to be very excited about the new album, and I think people who don’t know her as fans are going to be excited about it, too.”
Read the full interview over at Barefoot Sound. We can’t wait!