Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope (1997)
Claimed Sales – 10,000,000
Estimated Sales – 7,500,000
After her golden years in the US and in Japan from 1986 to 1993, Janet Jackson added strong European appeal with her The Velvet Rope album. Still, while her previous three albums made it to the 10 million level, this one failed to do so.
How? That’s quite simple, while she increased her appeal in various new countries, she proportionally lost it in the US and in Japan. If her previous albums were climbing up to the 8 million sales in the US, this one failed to sell even half that total.
Well, considering her more recent albums results, I’m sure the R&B star wouldn’t complain if she could only sell 4 million North American units with her upcoming set!