The queen of pop is back to re­claim her throne

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By JOSEPH BROWNELL

Nearly 30 years af­ter the re­lease of a ca­reer-defin­ing al­bum, Janet Jack­son once again finds her­self in con­trol—this time, of a come­back strat­egy that should send her pop con­tem­po­raries scram­bling to take notes.

Jack­son’s eleventh stu­dio al­bum, “Un­break­able,” is among the fall’s most an­tic­i­pated re­leases, and her ac­com­pa­ny­ing world tour in­cludes not one, but two sold-out At­lanta dates: next week’s Chas­tain Park per­for­mance and a Philips Arena re­turn in March.

Jack­son’s suc­cess is per­haps sur­pris­ing for some­one who hasn’t re­leased a stu­dio al­bum in seven years, pub­licly en­dured a sex­ist post-Su­per Bowl ban, and whose last two al­bums were con­sid­ered dis­ap­point­ing artis­tic de­par­tures.

From se­cret mar­riages to “Nip­ple­gate,” one can pon­der the pos­si­ble mean­ings when the icon sings, ‘I lived through my mis­takes/ it’s just a part of grow­ing’ on the al­bum’s ti­tle track, or ac­cept it as an in­di­ca­tion that we’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a greater growth than ever be­fore from Jack­son.

Break­ing points

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