Janet Jackson “No Sleep”

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No Sleeep” is a song by American recording artist Janet Jackson released as the lead single for her forthcoming eleventh studio album to be released in the fall of 2015. Co-written and produced by Jackson and her long-time collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, it is the first record to be released under Jackson’s imprint label Rhythm Nation Records, distributed by BMG Rights Management. It was made available for digital download on June 22, 2015, in addition to vinyl copies being sold on Jackson’s official website in conjunction with pre-sale orders for the upcoming studio album and Unbreakable World Tour concert tickets.

Lyrically, the song depicts Jackson longing to reunite with her lover, anticipating that when she does, the couple will get “no sleep.” Due to its slow tempo and sentimentality, it has been described as embodying traits of quiet storm, a subgenre of contemporary R&B. It was well received by music critics, who praised the song for its sultry aesthetic; reviewers complemented Jackson’s vocals, as well as the song’s subtle production style, noting that it appeared to be a conscientious choice on her part and that of her producers to avoid contemporary musical trends. The song has been said to echo the defining qualities of two of Jackson’s earlier works: her fifth studio album Janet (1993) and sixth studio album The Velvet Rope (1997).

On May 16, 2015, Jackson announced plans to release a new album and to embark on a world concert tour, stating “I promised you would 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.”[2][3] She will release her new album in the fall of 2015 under her own record label, Rhythm Nation Records, distributed by BMG Rights Management.[4] The launch of Rhythm Nation ranks Jackson as among the few African-American female musicians to establish a record label.[5]

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