Fresh off unveiling the track list and cover for her 11th LP, Unbreakable, Janet Jackson has released the soulful title track online. “Never for a single moment did I ever go without your love,” she croons. “You made me feel wanted, and I want to tell you how important you are to me.”
“Unbreakable” finds Jackson praising her loyal fan base over a groove built on a breezy vocal sample and thumping bass. “Truth is that I wouldn’t be here without the love I stand on,” she sings. “Anytime I get lost in the world / You’ll always be there.”
The 17-track Unbreakable is out October 2nd and available to pre-order via iTunes. The LP, Jackson’s first batch of new material since 2008’s Discipline, features two guest appearances: J Cole on lead single “No Sleeep,” and Missy Elliott on “Burnitup!,” which the duo debuted onstage during Jackson’s recent tour opener in Vancouver.
The album finds Jackson reunited with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who last worked with the singer on her 2006 album, 20 Y.O. “It’s wonderful to be creating again with Janet,” the duo said in a statement. “From songwriting, producing, arranging, singing, dancing, acting, she deftly does it all and truly personifies the word artist. Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her. It is a subject for conversation, a plea for compassion, and a call for action from someone who’s come a long way, but’s got a long way to go, and has much to say about it. In other words, if you want to know what’s on her mind you only have to listen.”
According to a description on the singer’s official site, Unbreakable will “mark the first time Janet Jackson has opened up about her brother Michael and with reflections concerning her youth.” The album will also explore “Janet’s views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet. Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in [Jackson’s 1989 concept album] Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue.”