Janet Jackson’s as-yet-untitled debut album for Island Def Jam will be released in February. The artist is also prepping a worldwide tour to promote the follow-up to 2006’s “20 Y.O.” In addition, Jackson has signed with the William Morris Agency for representation in all areas.
Jackson comes to the company after a starring role in Tyler Perry’s hit “Why Did I Get Married?” She will be repped by a team of agents led by Dave Wirtschafter and Charles King that will run across multiple divisions of the agency, including film, touring, licensing and merchandising, television, theater, publishing and new technology.
Jackson said she was attracted to the agency because of its long history. She continues to be repped by managers Johnny Wright and Kenneth Crear as well as attorney Don Passman.
As for Jackson’s new album, it is being executive produced by Def Jam CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid rather than Jackson’s boyfriend, Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri.
Dupri is working on Mariah Carey’s new album, which should be out next spring. “We’re going to make it seem like we’re in competition to see who’s going to have the biggest album of the year,” he told Billboard in July.