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Janet Jackson Leaves Def Jam Records

Janet Jackson Leaves Def Jam Records

Janet Jackson cut ties with Island Def Jam Music Group and is officially a free agent, super producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins tells Rap-Up.

“We didn’t get the support from the record company,” Darkchild discloses. “[Janet] felt like it wasn’t pushed. I felt like it wasn’t pushed correctly. She just didn’t get her just dues as an artist of that magnitude.”

Darkchild also shared that he’ll probably be involved in Janet‘s next record: “I could make an album with her, possibly me, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis. Keep it real simple. They focus on what they’re great at, I focus on what I’m great at. We come together and make a classic Janet record.”


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  • camila

    Is janet jackson relate with michel jakson???

  • holly


  • holly

    omg, you did not just asked this lol

  • M

    just dues, not just-dos.

  • Just Jared


    Camila, the answer is yes, they are siblings.

    And thanks, M!

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  • Darren

    omg you asked if she is related to michael, LOL, silly person of course she is, i like her music, bring it on J.

  • [☆I n F a m o u s☆]

    of course the label didn’t support her.. they gave her millions of dollars in promotion and she put out multiple garbage albums that flopped.

    career’s done!

  • L

    The reason why her albums flop are because she sucks at singing and music.

  • Jaytruejanetfan

    As for Janets career being over, thats not true due to the fact that she still has records that do sale. If her career was over she would be like diana ross where her albums do not sale at all. So that means that Janet is very much relevant to the music world. Shes like a modern day Cher where even if she doesn’t sale like she used to she will always have fans, always sale out stadiums, and always release a new cd with songs we will remember if you dont believe me look at the last 3 albums that supposed flooped damita jo had alnight dont stop, 20 yo had so excited, and discipline feedback. So check your facts people a real superstar is still relevant when everyone else has come and gone. Janet came out in the 80′s when she was up against oops shannon, stacy q, jody watley remember them (im sure you dont) then she was there in the 90′s with people such as brandy, monica, and mya all cool names from yesteryer but where are they now, then we have jane in the 2000′s where she had a slew of copy cat kittens like ciara, beyonce, cassie, and j lo all of which hold their own because theyre in the moment but I swear to you we will still be talking about Janet long after they’ve all left the building as well. She has definitely earned legendary status. So whether shes on a major record label or creates one of her own, we will all still even if we act like we wont, be wondering what shes going to do next. I attended the recent concert in LA at the Staples Center and it was a packed house which is not the sign of someones career being over. So Janet is not over, Don’t believe the Hype because Janet is Dance Queen Pillar of pop music. When she said ” Do you want this?” Millions for years have responded “Yes” so “is that the end?” “NO!”

  • cheebo