After a seven-year absence from the road, Janet Jackson is gearing up for a fall world tour that is expected to take flight in...

After a seven-year absence from the road, Janet Jackson is gearing up for a fall world tour that is expected to take flight in September. Jackson will tour behind her recently released sixth album, “Discipline” (Island Def Jam), which reached No. 1 on the The Billboard 200 after moving 181,000 during the first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Despite the No. 1 ranking, sales of the album have been a disappointment, according to Entertainment Weekly which said the singer’s previous album “20 Y.O.” sold significantly more when it debuted almost two years ago, her last album for her former label Virgin Records.

Jackson, however, has been a highly marketable act on tour, and she told Billboard that her fall tour will likely start in North America before hitting Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe. If past shows serve as an indicator, fans can expect a high-octane, glossy production from the singer.

In tandem with the tour, Jackson is expected to release a book on her weight struggle later this year.

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By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner