Welcome back to Rhythm Nation! After teasing fans with a snippet of a ballad last week, Janet Jackson delivered something even better on Monday, June 22: the first full-length single from her upcoming album. Titled “No Sleeep” — yes, with three E’s — the song is a return to form for the “Black Cat” singer, who released her last studio album, Discipline, in 2008.
Jackson, 49, recorded “No Sleeep” with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who helped to kind of invent her sound on 1989’s Rhythm Nation. They were behind all but one of the tracks on that record, including the classics “Miss You Much,” “Love Will Never Do (Without You),” and “Escapade,” as well as several other hits throughout her career — “All for You,” “Do It 2 Me,” and “Velvet Rope,” to name a few.
Their latest collab, “No Sleeep,” is a sultry, steamy tune with a slow burn and a laid-back beat. The pop icon debuted the track on Monday morning, posting a link to the YouTube stream on Twitter. “I dedicate this to My Love,” she wrote in one tweet, alluding to her billionaire businessman husband Wissam Al Mana, whom she married in 2012.
In a second tweet a few hours later, she added a note to her 3.14 million followers, writing, “Hey guys, I hope u enjoy this as much as we enjoyed creating it for u.”
“No Sleeep” will appear on Jackson’s 11th studio album this fall. She’s also planning a world tour in promotion of the record beginning this August.
Listen to the song above!
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