International megastar Janet Jackson, who has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is the newest signing to the Island Def Jam Music Group, has completed her first album entitled Discipline.
This will be Janet’s 10th studio album in her illustrous career and is scheduled to arrive in stores on February 25th/26th worldwide. In addition to super-producer Rodney Jerkins, the new album brings together an A-list of guest producers, including Ne-Yo, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream and Janet's current beau, Jermaine Dupri. Discipline was executive produced by Antonio “L.A.” Reid. “Discipline has been much on my mind,” Janet says when explaining the album title. “It’s the idea that unifies the songs on this record. As a concept, and even a lifestyle, discipline goes extremely deep. It can be applied to so much about ourselves. In my case, I see it as one of defining aspects of my character. Discipline was there for me from the start. But it was not until this record that I began to understand its full meaning."
“In putting Discipline out front, as both the title of the album and title of a song about sexual surrender, I wanted to announce that I was venturing into new creative waters. Like all my records, this one, whether intentional or not, has autobiographical roots. It’s difficult for me to work any other way. I don’t feel it, if I don’t believe it, I can’t sing it."
“Can’t Be Good,” a song written and produced for her by Ne-Yo, who also did “Discipline” boasts sensuous grooves and heavenly harmonies which evokes a sweet romantic ambivalence.
“The ambivalence and the discipline are in conflict,” says Janet. “I can relate to the story. In fact, I can imagine myself in the story. After a long relationship that ends in pain, I turn to my old friend, discipline. I discipline myself not to get involved, not to be vulnerable, not to fall in love. My discipline protects me from any more hurt. My discipline keeps me on track. But here comes someone who’s so real and right that, as the song says, `This can’t be good.’ So discipline really isn’t discipline. It’s just self-protection and fear of being hurt. It’s resistance. Thankfully, the heat of pure passion melts the resistance. And the result is free-flowing love.”
“Listen to "Letchu Go",” Janet continues. “It was co- written and produced by Jermaine. When I read the lyrics by Jermaine and Johnta Austin, I couldn’t help but cry. The more I thought about the story, the more I saw how it reveals another aspect of positive discipline, especially as it relates to relationships. The song says that we can’t stop trying just because we hit rough times. It’s not too late; we can’t give up on our fate, we can’t let go of that discipline that allows us to work through problems and find a way to the wonders that come with open and honest love." “The album expresses what I need to express at this moment of my life,” she says. “It says that discipline is a key to freedom."
The debut single from the album is “Feedback”, produced by Rodney Jerkins, and will impact across-the-board at all radio formats February 11th 08 internationally.