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Janet Jackson Opens Up about Label Woes

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Though Janet Jackson says she’s “so excited to be able to hit the stage again” on her upcoming North American tour, she’s less than thrilled about her struggles with her label, Island Records.

“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 so I don’t think you’re going to hear another single off this album,” Jackson told the hip-hop Web site Island released Jackson’s latest album, Discipline, in February.

“It was definitely in my heart to go to Europe and to support this album,” she said. But “it’s about teamwork, it’s not something I can totally do on my own. Unfortunately, things have turned out the way that they have with the differences between the label and myself.”

While her rep says European tour dates have yet to be announced, fans will be able to catch her in concert. “Rock Witchu” – her first U.S. tour in nearly seven years – kicks off in September.

“It feels great, there is no anxiety,” Jackson said. “I have great friends that always give me so much support and so much love and to be able to feel that night after night I’ll just be on top of the world.”

An Island Def Jam spokesperson told Billboard that the company “has nothing to do with Janet’s tour” and said of the company’s approach to promoting the album: “Unfortunately we haven’t experienced the results we would have liked with this new album. But we respect and support Janet.

“Feedback,” the first single off Discipline, which has sold 392,000 copies in the United States according to, reached No. 39 on Billboard‘s Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Note: previously misreported the cancellation of Jackson’s European tour. Her publicist says that overseas dates have yet to be announced.

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