Multi-platinum singer Janet Jackson is officially coming out of retirement. For her 49th birthday, she not only announced plans to release her 11th studio album, but also to go on another world tour. The announcement was made via her Twitter account to her more than 3 million followers.
In a mysterious 32-second video, which featured a studio soundboard and a computer screen displaying her voice levels, she says, “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.”
The album, which currently remains untitled, will be her first studio album in more than 7 years. The title of the album, however, or even the first single is rumored to be called “My Conversation” or even “Conversations In A Cafe.”
Jackson, who married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2012, has been keeping a low profile and has rarely made public appearances.
Since May, she has been retweeting fans who used the hashtag to promote awareness on a variety of social issues, including sex trafficking and Haiti’s earthquake recovery.