Janet Jackson

After just 14 months on Island Def Jam, Janet Jackson announced her departure from the label. According to Jackson’s publicist, the label agreed to dissolve their relationship with the artist at her request.

After a long stint with Virgin, Jackson inked a deal with Island in July 2007 and released her label debut, “Discipline,” in February. When album sales failed to meet expectations, the singer expressed dissatisfaction with IDJ, that the label “stopped all promotion whatsoever on the album” after releasing the first single, “Feedback.”

She hinted about potentially severing ties with IDJ to Billboard, stating, “I can’t say if we’ll be working with them in the future. I don’t know what the future holds between the two of us.”

Executive produced by Jackson and her boyfriend, Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri, “Discipline” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in March with 181,000 copies sold.

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