Janet Jackson vs. Missy Elliott: Two legends explode on ‘BURNITUP!’

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Janet Jackson Recruits Missy Elliott for Propulsive Song, ‘Burnitup!’.

Life is beautiful, the most recent evidence being a Friday-morning soundtrack by a new collaboration between Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott. Janet Jackson has released her new song, a collaboration with Missy Elliott called “BURNITUP!” The song will appear on Jackson’s new album, Unbreakable, currently set for an Oct. 2 release. “Working with Janet is unbelievable.

Although we are great friends and have been for so long, I am still her biggest fan,” Elliott, 44, said in a statement. “Sometimes, I still have to pinch myself when I call her and she picks up the phone or texts me because she is still Janet Jackson! Over the past year, the rapper, whose breathtaking hit tracks starting in the late 1990s remain ridiculously funky, has said on multiple occasions that a new record was imminent. I’m humbled whenever she asks because she inspires and continues to inspire me, always!” “It is always great to work with friends and Missy is a dear friend. Like her best works — “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Work It,” “Get Ur Freak On,” “Pass That Dutch” — Elliott’s first new album in a decade will feature work with Timbaland.

The series hits every pleasure point for successful trashy TV: ludicrous plots, gleaming fashions, breakout performances, and a true gasp of it’s own ambitions to reinvent the glitzy nighttime soap for a new generation. She followed that success with a tweeted confirmation that she’d be issuing new work sometime in 2015. “Me & @Timbaland bk 2 the drawing board studio dirty beats,” she wrote in February. (Time’s running out, Missy. If it’s been a while since you caught Season One, or you missed the first run and want to jump into the game on Wednesday, here’s a quick catch-up on where we left Empire Entertainment’s iconic Lyons.

J.Cole appears on the track “No Sleeep,” which fans can get as an instant download (along with “BURNITUP!”) if they preorder the album. (Fun fact: Unbreakable comes out on the 30th anniversary of Control!) Jackson is currently on tour – and will be until June 2016 – in support of the album. The precisely coiffed founder and CEO of Empire Entertainment spent the majority of last season battling ALS, pitting his sons against each other to inherit the company, belittling middle child Jamal for his open homosexuality, and juggling current girlfriend Anika with ex-wife Cookie — when he wasn’t distancing himself from a past that includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as a romantic rival and his point-blank assassination of cousin-by-marriage Bunkie (Antoine McKay), that is. Singing with a sweet delicacy eerily suggestive of her late brother Michael, Jackson on “BURNITUP!” phrases her words about dance-floor bliss with lowercase understatement. Turns out, instead of the death sentence of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Luther’s suffers from the rarely lethal myasthenia gravis, meaning he’s not going anywhere.

After all the Jamal derision, he finally wised up that the smooth singer is also the savviest Lyon, and passed the scepter of Empire’s leadership to him (not a metaphor – he actually gave Jamal a scepter). Dre’s new album “Compton” (including “Deep Water” and “Medicine Man”), “BURNITUP!” strives for heat. “Ain’t no sitting down, got to keep it up/ Me and Missy got the whole room jumping up,” brags Jackson. Near the end she does her best Pitbull impersonation, ordering would-be dance-floor revelers to get busy: “This your jam now do your dance!” Nope, not rocket science. With Jamal installed as head of Empire, Cookie finds herself banished from the Executive Suite and elected president of the “We Hate Lucious Club,” ready to plot a takeover. She knows her ex killed her beloved cousin Bunkie (see above: pillow smother), and he knows she “went to the Berkshires” with bodyguard Malcolm, leaving the Lyons’ relationship in tatters.

The eldest and least joyous Lyon has a baby on the way with wife Rhonda, and a psycho-religious-sexual ménage-a-trois to untangle with musical therapist Michelle (Jennifer Hudson), but as always with Dre, it’s all about the meds. If he sticks to the pills, the business-minded Lyon stands a fighting chance of rescuing Empire Entertainment from its stock price plummet after his father’s arrest – assuming he and his merry band of Lucious-Haters can get back into the boardroom, that is.

Staying on his medication might also keep his deadly secrets from slipping out: his father killed Bunkie, his wife killed Vernon (RIP, Malik Yoba), he occasionally tries to kill himself. But considering Andre plots his intrigue by literally speaking the plans out loud into the notes function on his phone (“Figure out how to undermine Hakeem at Leviticus”), the good money is on some of those covert cats out of the bag. No longer the little boy banished to the garbage can, he is his father’s only stalwart ally – bringing back his Pop’s songwriting mojo after a Cookie-influenced round of writer’s block, and then dangling Billy Beretti off a balcony to retrieve the rights to the early Lucious Lyon catalogue. Still processing his love/hate relationship with brother Jamal, abandonment issues with his ex-con mom, and his blind rage at his father for banishing his cougar girlfriend (Naomi Campbell), aspiring rapper Hakeem needs to work on himself, if not his rhymes (“Drip Drop,” anyone?).

He left a path of destruction in the finale, making good on the Snoop-witnessed threat to bed Anika and joining the Unholy Alliance to take Empire back. Still up in the air – the status of his teen dream beard relationship with Tiana, whether Camilla is catching a flight back to New York, and if we’ll ever see more of the AzMarie in his crew. Strong, scheming, and loyal to a fault, Rhonda took a mighty tumble towards the freshman season finish, going from the hot brains behind Dre to the pimped out prize for a geriatric Mr. While her candlestick clubbing of Vernon can be chalked up to self-defense, Rhonda’s decision to swear Andre to secrecy over the crime seems destined to blow up in their faces.

Now in the family way, we can only guess the baby is Andre’s — but because this is Empire, there’s even money on anyone from Lucious to Black Rambo being this kid’s father. She walks out on Lucious and Empire, landing a key spot at competitor Creedmoor and wastes no time trying to poach as many Lyon-signed acts as possible, starting with Hakeem. Remember, “You use your inside voice when you talk to Becky.” Elle Dallas (Courtney Love), Michelle White (Jennifer Hudson), Puma (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), Woman Singing at Piano in Flashback (Mary J. Blige), Snoop Dogg, Rita Ora, Gladys Knight, etc. – Season One of Empire was jammed with award winners, platinum-selling A-listers and “seriously, that guy?” stars (see: Judd Nelson). While it’s unknown who from the above roster will make another appearance in Season Two, Fox has already teased the guest appearances of Ludacris, Chris Rock, Marisa Tomei, Pitbull, Magic Mike’s Adam Rodriguez (as a romantic interest for Cookie) and a woman who seems like she was born to star in the joyous pile of cheese that is Empire: Mariah Carey. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

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