Janet Jackson has been released from her label. Rodney Jerkins announced this recently in a vlog for Vibe.com, noting how this was a great opportunity for her.
“She’s been released,” he said this weekend. “She’s been released off of Def Jam. She was asking to be released and got released, and it’s a great thing for her because I think her being a free agent, and doing this tour, it’s going to be great for her. And I’m there for her.”
“We felt like we made a great record with the record Feedback. We felt like we made a great record with a song called ‘Love’ that was supposed to be the second single. But we just felt like we didn’t get the support from the record company. She felt like [the song] wasn’t pushed, I felt like it wasn’t pushed correctly, and she just didn’t get her just do as an artist of that magnitude or that level.”
A collaboration album between Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis may be in the works, as well.
Def Jam responded to this by issuing a small statement.
“At her request, the record label has agreed to dissolve their working relationship with the popular artist. Janet will have autonomy over her career, without the restrictions of a label system.”
Jackson is currently on tour.