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In the ’90s, Janet Jackson was the queen of pop music and she recently reflected on her classic 1993 release, Janet, which sold seven million copies and included six Billboard Hot 100 singles. Jackson recently told, “I can’t believe it is already 20 years! I always write my music based on what is going on in my life at the time. I wanted to allow people in . . . I want my fans to really know me. The Janet album was sexual and I was beginning to really discover that side of me.

Jackson, who secretly married billionaire Wissam Al Mana last year, shared that she’s working on her first new album since 2008’s Discipline. She said, “I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music. I am excited about the direction we are taking. I don’t want to rush it . . . I don’t want to put a time constraint on the creative process.”

During the interview, Jackson also shared that she enjoys Kendrick Lamar, Adele, and Bruno Mars’ music. She explained, “There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me. I hope I do the same for others.”