"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," Jackson says in the announcement video posted late Friday evening, a day before her 49th birthday.
The announcement comes less than one year after the 25th anniversary of the performer's iconic Rhythm Nation 1814 album.
Since Jackson's last studio album, 2008's Discipline, was released, there has been much chatter about what's next for the singer.
Just last month, Jackson cheekily responded to a fan's missing persons flyer that had made its way around the web. Twitter user @myvelvetrope mocked up a poster declaring that Jackson was "missing" from the entertainment industry, and that "We NEED you back." The image was shared by Jackson's frequent collaborator Jimmy Jam, while the superstar responded: "LOL. Too funny, too sweet."
Meanwhile, rumors about a comeback had been swirling, spurred on by an uncredited photo of upcoming releases purported that Jackson would have a new offering via Atlantic Records out in July. A rep for the label denied the image's validity, confirming to several media outlets that Ms. Jackson would not be releasing an album with them this summer.
Days later, Styleite reported that Spotify had allegedly spilled the beans on a July 28 tour date at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., though the venue reportedly remained tight-lipped about its validity.
Most recently, Jackson's official website shared an item from EST.1997 titled, "Is Janet Jackson Readying a Modern-Day Rhythm Nation?" pointing to the frequent use of #ConversationsinaCafe on social media.
Details on what the new music will be have yet to be revealed, though Jackson's announcement tweet included the #ConversationsinaCafe hashtag. Perhaps a potential album title?