*A rep for Janet Jackson has confirmed that the singer has left Island Records after releasing just one album under a deal signed 14 months ago.
"At her request, the record label has agreed to dissolve their working relationship," her publicist, Patti Webster, said in a statement to EURweb.
"Now, more than 20 years after the release of her iconic album, 'Control,' Janet will have autonomy over her career, without the restrictions of a label system," the statement continued. "Always known to break new ground and set trends, Janet’s departure from Island makes her one of the first superstar artists to have the individual freedom to promote their work through a variety of avenues such as iTunes, mobile carriers and other diverse and innovative channels."
Rumblings of Janet trouble at Island began surfacing shortly after the February release of her Island Def Jam album "Discipline." Jackson reportedly felt that had very little promotional support from the label.
Executive produced by Jackson and her boyfriend, Island Urban president Jermaine Dupri, "Discipline" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in March with 181,000 copies sold. But it has shifted only 415,000 copies in the United States so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and spent just 14 weeks on the chart.
In an interview with Billboard earlier this month, Jackson dropped major hints about yesterday's departure, stating, "I can't say if we'll be working with them in the future. I don't know what the future holds between the two of us."
The entertainer is currently in the midst of her "Rock Witchu Tour," which kicked off on Sept. 10 in Vancouver, BC and will make stops in major cities across the United States and Canada.