Janet Jackson vs. Missy Elliott: Two Legends Explode on ‘BURNITUP!’

In this Saturday, July 3, 2010 file photo, Missy Elliot performs onstage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London. Missy Elliott is going to "Work It" at the Super Bowl with Katy Perry. A person familiar with the plans for Sunday's halftime show tells The Associated Press that Grammy winner Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Perry's performance, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
In this Sunday, June 29, 2014, file photo, Missy Elliott performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre, in Los Angeles. BET and Centric announced Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, that Elliott, Lil Kim and Da Brat will take the stage Nov. 7, when the Soul Train Awards tapes at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
In this Sunday, June 29, 2014, file photo, Missy Elliott performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Randall Roberts, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

 
(The L.A. Times) – Life is beautiful, the most recent evidence being a Friday-morning soundtrack by a new collaboration between Janet Jackson and Missy Elliott. The track, called “BURNITUP!,” is the most recent to arrive from Jackson’s forthcoming studio album, “Unbreakable,” which arrives Oct. 2.

The track is a tease not only for “Unbreakable” but for Elliott’s long-gestating new album. 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. 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.

 

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