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Janet Jackson Parts Company With Island Def Jam

September 22, 2008 5:57 PM ET

After only one album, Janet Jackson's tenure with Island Def Jam has come to a sudden halt, as the singer was released from her contract per her request. During her brief stay at the label, Jackson frequently lamented that the label wasn't doing its part to properly promote her most recent album, Discipline. Despite coming in Number One the week of its release, Discipline still sold fewer copies than her two previous albums. "We didn't get the support from the record company," producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jenkins said in a vlog post (which you can watch above). "[Janet] felt like it wasn't pushed. She just didn't get her just due as an artist of that magnitude." Whether she signs to another label in the near future or not, for the time being Jackson brings some much-needed R&B flavor to the industry's free agent pool, with artists like Radiohead, Nine inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins all operating without a record contract. Jackson is currently on the road promoting Discipline on the Rock Witchu Tour.

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