Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars are set to ‘collaborate’ for a single and ‘and have pencilled dates in to record tracks for Janet’s next album.’ This is the collaboration that many of us didn’t even know we needed – but it makes all the sense seeing as Bruno is a huge fan of Janet’s and has been influenced by her work for years. Janet – who recently delivered her first live TV performance in over nine years at the Billboards Music Award – is in the studio recording her next album and is enlisting the help of the 24k Magic hitmaker, our source tells us. Bruno is set to ‘collaborate’ with Janet Jackson
The insider exclusively told Metro.co.uk that Bruno was over the moon when he found out his icon was a fan of his work. The source said: ‘The pair have been friends for a while but decided now is the perfect time for them to collaborate after catching up at the Billboard Music Awards. ‘Bruno was raised on Janet’s music and was floored when he found out that she was a fan. Janet is working on a new album ‘They speak on the phone often and have pencilled dates in to record tracks for Janet’s next album.’ Janet, who recently revealed Bruno’s music is the first her one-year-old son Eissa connected with, currently lives in London and is expected to record the single with the singer in the city with Grammy Award-winning producing duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
‘Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are to produce and it’s set to be a single,’ the source added. ‘Janet lives in London so some of the recording sessions will take place here.’ Janet made her a triumphant return to the public eye with her appearance at the Billboards on 20 May, where she picked up the Icon Award – becoming the first black female artist to do so. After making a speech which called out domestic abuse and solidified her support for the #MeToo movement, the 52-year-old returned to the main stage to perform after Bruno’s introduction.
Performing a mash-up of some of her biggest hits, Janet kicked things off with a rendition of her 1986 song Nasty – with her family members, including mother Katherine and nephew Prince Michael, shown on screen at various points during the performance proudly beaming up at the singer. She then performed If and Throb – both of which featured on her self-titled fifth studio album – to round off a stellar return to from the younger sister of the late singer Michael Jackson.
The Poetic Justice actor’s swagger and confidence on stage made for a welcome return to the stage after a lengthy period away – and hopefully, a collab from Bruno will add to the sparkle.