Janet Leaves the Island, Quits label

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Janet Jackson has quit her record label. The ‘Together Again’ singer demanded Island Records terminate her contract after just over a year with the company because she has grown increasingly disillusioned by their efforts to promote her music.

Her spokesperson said: "At her request, the record label has agreed to dissolve their working relationship. Now, more than 20 years after the release of her iconic album ‘Control’, Janet will have autonomy over her career, without the restrictions of a label."

Janet signed to Island Records on July 2007, releasing ‘Discipline’ – her only album with them – in February. Although it reached number one in the US album charts, it quickly plummeted, leading to the 42-year-old singer publicly venting her frustration with the label in June.

She said at the time: "I’m trying to figure out a way to say this, but just to say it and to be quite honest, they just stopped all promotion whatsoever on the album."

A spokesperson for Island Records responded by saying: "Unfortunately, we haven’t experienced the results we would have liked with this new album.

But we respect and support Janet." Despite her label split, Janet – the sister of eccentric pop star Michael Jackson – will continue her current ‘Rock Witchu’ tour across the US.

Sources:  ChinaDaily

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