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Breaking: Janet Jackson Forms Own Record Label, Will Release Album This Fall

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 Janet is the biggest worldwide superstar yet to quit the traditional record label system.

Y'know. People like to throw the word "diva" around a lot these days. It's come to mean almost nothing, but today I think we need to reclaim that term and use it the way God -- Diana Ross -- intended. So here it is: Diva Janet Jackson started her own label, and she's releasing a new album this fall. Get into it.

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In an official press release on her website, Janet breaks out her wallet and spills the receipts -- "icon, music artist, BET honored, award-winning songwriter, producer, singer" -- also reminding everyone that she's an Oscar nominee, thank you. Then we get to the good stuff:

The worldwide partnership with Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation will see the release in Fall 2015 of her first as-yet-untitled album and a commitment to pursue the full range of options within the broader Bertelsmann group of which BMG is part. With Rhythm Nation, Janet Jackson becomes arguably the first female African-American recording artist to form her own record label. At Rhythm Nation Janet plans to offer a home to both new and established recording artists.

The partnership with BMG makes Janet Jackson the biggest worldwide superstar yet to quit the traditional record label system for a so-called artist services deal, designed to put artists in the driving seat. Unlike a traditional record deal, under an artist services deal the artist retains ownership of their recordings and full oversight of all costs and revenues.

So what have we learned here? A.) Janet is a boss bitch, but we already knew that. B.) She's not having any more of these record industry shenanigans. C.) She's "arguably" the first black woman to form her own record label, though I remember Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott forming Goldmind in 1997, so... D.) Girl knows her brand. Rhythm Nation. Flawless. And E.) It's happening. Mom's coming back.

I can hear the dance breaks in my head already.

Les Fabian Brathwaite -- gimme a goddamn beat.

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