BMG says it has agreed a “commitment to pursue the full range of options” within the broader group of parent Bertelsmann.
Rhythm Nation won’t just be a vanity project, either: Jackson says that she plans to use it to offer a home to both new and established recording artists.
The deal represents one of the biggest so-called artist services deals in history – under which Jackson retains ownership of her recordings and full oversight of all costs and revenues.
With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “Janet is not just a supreme artist, she is a unique cultural force whose work resonates around the world.
“It is an honor that she has chosen BMG to release her long-awaited new album. We look forward to collaborating with her across every platform.”
Janet commented, “Thank you to the talented team at BMG, my new artistic home. The opportunity to be creative in music and every form of entertainment has great potential here.”