Janet Jackson is working a new album — for real this time!
Janet is currently working with producers Ian Cross and Tommy Parker in Turkey. Tommy is a writer/producer at Darkchild Records (Rodney Jerkins). Jerkins produced the majority of 2008’s “Discipline”. He also produced “Make Me” a new track for her 2009 greatest hits collection, Number Ones”. He and Janet were already working on material for a new album back in 2009, but the sessions were shelved. One song, “Heartbeat Love (ft. Pitbull)” did leak from those sessions.
About that “landscape” photo. Ian reveals: “Making records is hard work. Making history is even harder. It sure helps when your best friends are some of the most talented people on the planet. In the lab with Bobby Ross Avila, Iz Issiah Avila, Zach Djanikian, Joe Gallagher, Anthony Saunders and Matt Marin.” The Avila Brothers. worked on 2004’s “Damita Jo”.
Ian has been working with Janet since last September. That shoe/feet photo is from September 16, 2012, and shows a completed song.
Aside from venting and making cracks about Janet’s supposed retirement, Ian says:
“Music has taken me to some crazy places but I never thought it would bring me here. This is Doha, the capital of Qatar. It occupies the Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the South, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. It’s home for the next few weeks. Qatar is kinda like the Switzerland of the middle east. Very peaceful and neutral in it’s politics. They are a very kind, thoughtful people. And quite frankly, too rich to think about becoming suicide bombers. Janet and I always talked about getting away from it all and recording in paradise. Given her new husband is from Doha we packed up a studio, rented a villa on the beach and came here to make music. I know, I know. I’m one lucky bastard.”
Ian has a history with Janet:
2008 “Discipline” - Mixing Assistant, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
2006 “20 Y.O.” - Audio Engineer, Engineer
2004 “Damita Jo” - Engineer
List of his music credits
Ian’s current job title since 2012: A&R/ Producer Engineer at Janet Jackson Music
So has Janet started her own label? She hasn’t had one that we know of for years, not since the Island Records fiasco. She did a greatest hits package with A&M in 2009. Janet supposedly now owns the masters of her Virgin era tracks.
Here’s Tommy Parker on Soundcloud… people are saying that the track “The Parker Mix” sounds like Janet.
So there you have it!