Janet Jackson Announces New Album, Tour

Janet Jackson
Mary Ellen Matthews

Janet Jackson photgraphed by Mary Ellen Matthews in 2009.

"I promised you'd hear it from my lips and now you will," coos the singer in a new video.

Janet Jackson delivered a surprise for fans on her birthday, announcing a new album and world tour.

The singer made the big reveal at midnight eastern time on May 16 by tweeting a link to a video in which, in her unmistakable voice, she coos: "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."

Presumably the title to the album, or perhaps a first single, the tweet was accompanied with the message "My Conversation" and the hashtag "Conversations In A Cafe."

The 49-year-old Jackson's last studio album -- her tenth, called Discipline -- was released in 2008 by Island. It was followed by the collection Number Ones a year later. 

News of her return set the Internet abuzz as devotees reacted. At least one longtime collaborator, producer Jimmy Jam, had been dropping mysterious hints in the hours leading up to Jackson's tweet. 

Watch the video announcement below:

Announcement from Janet Jackson on Vimeo.