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Janet Jackson Celebrates Birthday With Selfie, Confirms New Music On The Way

 

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Janet Jackson is 52, but she is not ready to retire yet. The singer/dancer recently confirmed that she has a new album coming out. 

Birthday Selfie And Anticipated Comeback

On Wednesday, May 16, the world-renowned performer posted a selfie on her verified account on Instagram to thank her loyal fans for the continuous support. She also teased her upcoming return to the stage on Sunday, May 20, for the Billboard Music Awards 2018 in Las Vegas. 

Jackson is set to receive one of the top honors of the night, the Icon Award. According to People, Michael Jackson's little sister has earned more than 100 number 1 hits on Billboard charts, 40 of which entered on the Hot 100, throughout her long and successful music career.

Previous winners include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, and Prince. 

In addition, Jackson is also set to perform at the awarding on Sunday. This will be her first live television performance since the American Music Awards in 2009. 

The event will be hosted by first American Idol winner and current The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson. Other performers include Ariana Grande, Maren Morris, Zedd, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, Ed Sheeran, and BTS. 

NBC will have a live broadcast of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday at 8 p.m. EST. It will also be streamed online via NBC's website. 

Janet Jackson's New Album

Meanwhile, in an interview with Billboard, the 52-year-old singer also confirmed that she is working on a successor to 2015's Unbreakable. Jackson has not revealed a title or tentative release date, but she is very inspired to write new music right now. 

"I'm very intuitive about writing. Anything can inspire me," she explained. "This morning, I saw this lovely elderly Japanese woman walking down the streets of Hollywood wearing an adorable bonnet with bright red flowers. She might be a song."

While it has been a while since fans have heard a new track from the Grammy-winning singer, she does not seem like she is in a hurry to release new music. Instead, Jackson is letting her inspiration to take the lead. 

"I'm glad I'm not methodical or self-conscious as a writer. It's important that I maintain a let-it-happen-when-it-happens approach," the "Rhythm Nation" singer said. "When I finally get to the music that genuinely expresses what I'm experiencing in the moment, I feel free. Music does that for me. Its healing properties are extraordinary."

Jackson is currently on the cover of Billboard Magazine to celebrate her Icon Award.

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