Janet Jackson is planning a fall release for Unbreakable, her first album since 2008. Thus far, she’s only shared first single “No Sleeep” and a snippet of “The Great Forever.” But last night, Jackson played the first show of a huge fall tour in Vancouver. The show had a massive and pretty stunning 32-song setlist that included just about all of Jackson’s classics. And it also had a generous handful of new songs in there, including the one that opened the show, an as-yet-untitled new track with a couple of verses from Missy Elliott. Elliott wasn’t actually in the arena for the show, but her image did appear on the onstage video screens. As hard as it is to tell anything from a fan-made video, this sounded like a propulsive, physical song. And the way Jackson transitioned out of it, going from a bit of Missy’s “Lose Control” into her own “Control,” was an inspired bit of stagecraft. Watch a fan-made video below.
It’s nice to have Janet Jackson back and all. But it’s now been 10 years since the last Missy Elliott album. Can we get a comeback for her, as well?