After several years away from the spotlight (minus the naked butt bongo video leaked on the Internet late last year), Janet Jackson will return to the spotlight next month with the first single from her as-yet-untitled album.

According to Virgin Urban president Jermaine Dupri, also her boyfriend, the single is expected to arrive at U.S. radio in May, and the album will likely follow at the end of September.

Jackson’s new CD will be the first since 2004’s “Damita Jo,” which dropped in the midst of the fallout (pun intended) surrounding her Super Bowl halftime show. Her longtime production team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have contributed tracks to the new set as well.

“It’s a milestone year for us and for the collaboration,” Jam previously told Billboard.com. “It’ll be 20 years since the release of (Jackson’s 1986 album) ‘Control,’ so there’s definitely a little bit of a nod to that on the new album.”

Dupri also contributed tracks to the project, but tells Billboard that he won’t be a featured guest on any of the songs.

“But I don’t know if Jermaine Dupri the artist exists anymore. I’m not into that right now. It’s far on the back burner,” says J.D., who will also oversee the 2006 Virgin Urban releases of albums from Beenie Man, Sleepy Brown, Johnta Austin, Young Capone and Daz Dillinger. “It’s probably in the cards somewhere down the road. But it’s the last thing I’m thinking about right now.”


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