Janet Jackson will be back this fall.
Jackson will trot out a new album — her first in seven years — near the end of the year, she announced Wednesday on her website. The yet-to-be titled album will be released by BMG via Jackson’s own record label, Rhythm Nation Records.
Might the new record be called “Conversations In A Cafe?”
That’s the hashtag she used last month, when she surprised her more than 3 million Twitter followers with a tweet that hinted a new album was in the works. She elaborated in a video linked out from the tweet, which was also auto-playing when fans accessed her website.
In the 30-second video — which featured a studio soundboard and a computer screen displaying her voice levels — the six-time Grammy winner says, “I promised you’d hear it from my lips. And now you will. This year. New music. New world tour. A new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.”
Jackson, who has sold 160 million records worldwide, has not been in the spotlight much since releasing her 10th studio album, “Discipline,” in 2008.
Her brother, pop icon Michael Jackson, died in 2009. She starred the following year in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?” and in 2012 married her third husband, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana.
CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.