In 2007, in the midst of the filmings of her first movie with Tyler Perry – Why Did I Get Married –Janet and her then-boyfriend, producer Jermaine Dupri, found in Island Records their new home, after having left Virgin Records. The control of her career – that was not going through its best moments – was relegated to L.A. Reid, famous for having resurrected Mariah Carey’s career and guided TLC and other acts with million-dollar sales. At the end of the year, when least expected, Janet’s website was redesigned overnight and her new single, ‘Feedback’, was released. Despite the boycott of corporate radio, Janet reached relatively high audience values. Months later, with the support of a TV commercial, ‘Feedback’ reached the top 5 on iTunes. Even without these facts having occurred at the same time, the single still managed to reach the Top 20 on Billboard, something that Janet had not done for seven years.
The new era seemed promising. The other singles (“Luv” and “Rock With U”) were released on her website before the album dropped, but neither charted on the Hot 100. Due to the underperformance and different opinions regarding the promotion of the project, Janet and Reid were getting along less and less. Janet, then, ended up choosing to terminate the contract with Island – she didn’t think she was obtaining enough support.
Something unusual about Discipline is that Janet had virtually no involvement in the songwriting, for the first time since Control. She recruited Darkchild, who had previously worked with her brother Michael, in addition to other names like The-Dream, Ne-Yo and, of course, Jermaine Dupri. Even though Discipline did not bring the sound Janet was known for, it helped new, younger fans get in touch with her work.