Original Story (9/3): It's really starting to feel real, you guys. Janet Jackson's first album in seven years, Unbreakable, now has a cover—above, damn!—a 17-song tracklist (below) and a release date: October 2. (So we were right to predict/hope she'd be dropping this fall, along with all our other most-anticipated releases.)
Through an official post on Janet's site, which she shared on Twitter this morning, we've also learned Unbreakable "will mark the first time Janet Jackson has opened up about her brother Michael and with reflections concerning her youth. Inherent in this music will be her feeling that we must learn to celebrate life and the things each of us experiences and endures and how that process can make each person stronger."
Read on for the full tracklist, featuring guest spots by J. Cole (have you seen the "No Sleeep" video yet?) and Missy Elliott (she played that one the other night, on her world tour's kickoff in Vancouver) and some serious hype from those in the know.
2. "Burnitup!" (Feat. Missy Elliott)
3. "Dammn Baby"
4. The Great Forever"
5. "Shoulda Known Better"
6. "After You Fall"
7. "Broken Hearts Heal"
9. "No Sleeep" (Feat. J Cole)
10. "Dream Maker/ Euphoria"
11. "2 B Loved"
12. "Take Me Away"
14. "Lessons Learned"
15. "Black Eagle"
16. "Well Traveled"
17. "Gon B Alright"
Long, longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have the following to say about the record:
"Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her. It is a subject for conversation, a plea for compassion, and a call for action from someone who’s come a long way, but’s got a long way to go, and has much to say about it. In other words, if you want to know what’s on her mind you only have to listen.”
BMG US/Vagrant Music executive vice president for recorded music says, "This amazing body of work reflects not only the timeless brilliance of Janet’s artistry, but a much awaited reunion between Ms. Jackson and the talented duo of Jam & Lewis.”
Last but not least, the Unbreakable World Tour is set to feature:
"Janet’s views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet. Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue."
It's Janet's world this fall, y'all. October 2. One month. Yes.