Janet Jackson just dropped “No Sleeep,” her first single in seven years. Early reaction to this return to her R&B roots is mostly positive. Listen to the track below, in which she promises someone a night full of fun, and then vote in our poll as to whether it will bring her back to the Grammys for the first time since she contended in 2007. Back then, she lost her Best Contemporary R&B Album bid for “20 Y.O.” to Beyonce and “B’day.”
Jackson’s subsequent album to that, “Discipline,” was deemed an artistic and commercial disappointment in 2008. Indeed, it is the only one of her 10 albums not to go platinum. She has not been making new music for the last seven years, preferring to tour to promote her “Number Ones” compilation discs and appear in several films, including Tyler Perry‘s “Why Did I Get Married?” and its sequel and the well-received “For Colored Girls.”
For this new single, and her upcoming disc, “Unbreakable,” she has reunited with her one-time producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis who shepherd nine of her singles to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Two of those — “That’s the Way Love Goes” (1993) and “All For You” won Jackson her only non-video Grammys with the former being named Best R& B Song and the latter Best Dance Recording. She also has three Grammys for her 1989 long-form video “Rhythm Nation 1814” and her short-form videos “Scream” (1995) and “Got Till Its Gone” (1997).