CSPC: Janet Jackson Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Janet Jackson (1982) – 201,000 equivalent albums

Young Love – 230,000
Come Give Your Love to Me – 290,000
Remaining Singles – 150,000

Dream Street (1984) – 66,000 equivalent albums

Don’t Stand Another Chance – 120,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Control (1986) – 2,118,000 equivalent albums

Control – 1,000,000
Nasty – 1,290,000
What Have You Done for Me Lately – 1,470,000
The Pleasure Principle – 530,000
When I Think of You – 1,410,000
Let’s Wait Awhile – 1,340,000
Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun) – 20,000

Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) – 2,601,000 equivalent albums

Rhythm Nation – 1,250,000
Miss You Much – 1,610,000
Love Will Never Do (Without You) – 1,150,000
Alright – 1,020,000
Escapade – 1,310,000
Black Cat – 1,210,000
Come Back to Me – 1,110,000
State of the World – 10,000

Janet Jackson’s career started slowly with weak album sales and weak singles sales too. In spite of the Michael Jackson madness happening at the same time, singles from her first two albums failed to become hits, selling moderately thanks to a solid market only.

Barely 16 years old when dropping her first LP, she grew both as a person as well as an artist in the following years. What Have You Done for Me Lately, the lead single of Control which went to #4 in the US, broke the main audience for her, paving the way for upcoming singles. Nasty at #3, When I Think of You at #1, Control at #5 and Let’s Wait Awhile at #2 confirmed her new status. The breakthrough was valid abroad too with three of those songs hitting the Top 10 in the UK.

Such successes logically boosted the album to tremendous sales but also direct sales of singles. The singles market had dipped in the US at that time but, it hasn’t prevented those five hits from crossing the million mark in global sales. All together, Control hits sold upwards of 7 million units, an equivalent of 2,1 million albums.

A string of smashes as impressive was difficult to replicate but Janet Jackson did even better with her following era. After five Top 5 hits, she stepped up again to register 4 chart toppers plus 3 more Top 4 songs from Rhythm Nation 1814. Just like Control singles, none made it to 2 million units sold due to low European sales overall, all 7 did however become million sellers. The cumulative tally of 8,7 million singles equals to 2,6 million albums.

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With all nepotism and help she had, her numbers are nowhere in big 4 league. Even Enya, tina turner outsold her. And new mpgs are already ahead. The way her fans claim her in league of whitney is beyond me


why so speed negativity to every comment sections it’s so annoying. You don’t like Janet okay cool


I am talking numbers. If u cant digest the fact that her numbers are low, considering how people try to put her in league of big 5, they can be called out. Stating facts = negativity for fans and its fact she had career, bcoz of her brother. There is reason nepotism is called out everywhere.


I’m still wondering why her album “Discipline” doesn’t appear on any Spotifyl streaming tally? Is it a glitch or something?

Michael Bosket

I don’t know if these are worldwide sales but it’s wrong

Control = 14 Million
Rhythm Nation = 14 Million
janet. = 20 Million
The Velvet Rope = 10 Million
All For You = 7 Million
Damita Jo = 3 Million
20 Y.O. = 1.5 Million
Discipline = 1 Million
Unbreakable = 400K
Black Diamond = TBD

Don’t know how much Janet Jackson & Dream Street sold and Design Of A Decade sold 10 million.


Is it normal that the album “Discipline” is not on her Spotify number tool? As well, do we know what’s the “official” reason for most of her music videos not being available on Youtube when everyone’s else are?…


it is possible we could get a break down on janet jacksons cspc sales by decade?


According to Twisted Brother, here are some sales for Janet. Italy – The Velvet Rope – 200,000 Janet – 125,000 Control – 100,000 Rhythm Nation – 100,000 Design of a Decade – 100,000 All For You – 60,000 Damita Jo – 10,000 20 YO – 6,000 Discipline – 5,000 Number One/The Best – 3,000 Unbreakable – 2,000 Netherlands – Control – 140,000 Janet – 140,000 The Velvet Rope – 130,000 Design of a Decade – 80,000 Rhythm Nation – 60,000 All For You – 50,000 Damita Jo – 10,000 Discipline – 6,000 20 YO – 5,000 Unbreakable – 3,000 Germany… Read more »

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