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NEW YORK — Janet Jackson has aired her frustrations with Island Def Jam, whom she claims is no longer supporting her label debut, “Discipline.” The album has sold 392,000 copies in the United States since its February release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Jackson told SOHH.com that Island discontinued promoting “Discipline” after her single, “Rock With U,” failed to chart. Additional friction apparently resulted from Island also releasing “LUV” as a single, despite Jackson’s wish that “LUV” be worked on its own.
“Luv” peaked at No. 34 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while the first single released from the new album, “Feedback,” reached No. 39.
In a statement released exclusively to Billboard, an Island Def Jam spokesperson says, “Unfortunately we haven’t experienced the results we would have liked with this new album. But we respect and support Janet.”
Jackson further claimed that due to dwindling label support, she won’t be able to visit Europe as part of her upcoming Live Nation-promoted Rock Witchu tour, which begins Sept. 7 in Vancouver.
However, the Island Def Jam spokesperson says the label “has nothing to do with Janet’s tour.”
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