CSPC: Janet Jackson Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Janet (1993) – 2,448,000 equivalent albums

That’s the Way Love Goes – 2,270,000
You Want This – 840,000
If – 1,280,000
Because of Love – 520,000
Again – 1,670,000
Any Time, Any Place – 1,050,000
Whoops Now – 530,000

The Velvet Rope (1997) – 1,632,000 equivalent albums

Got ’til It’s Gone – 490,000
Go Deep – 160,000
Together Again – 3,220,000
Every Time – 70,000
I Get Lonely – 1,500,000

All for You (2001) – 906,000 equivalent albums

All for You – 1,260,000
Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) – 240,000
Someone to Call My Lover – 440,000
Doesn’t Really Matter – 1,080,000

How long can an artist continue issuing Top 5 hits? Dominating the US charts from 1986 to 1990, the pop star returned in 1993 with her long awaited fifth album Janet. Lead single That’s The Way Love Goes was a monster hit spending 8 weeks #1, which perfectly started the new era. Shifting 2,27 million units, it became the top selling hit of her career up to that point. Five more singles made the Top 10 after that with a seventh one Whoops Now moving relevant amounts abroad while not released locally. Just like its predecessor, the Janet. album was responsible for more than 8 million physical singles sales.

The transition of the US market from a shared singles and albums market to an exclusively album sector, led Virgin to release only two singles from The Velvet Rope in that country. As a result of those decisions, Together Again and I Get Lonely sold a huge 4,7 million units combined while the remaining singles were issued in fewer markets explaining their lower sales.

The irregular release schedule impacted All For You even more. Doesn’t Really Matter sold past 1 million units as it came out before the album in order to promote the Nutty Professor II soundtrack. Then the title track replicated the feat. The freefall of the US singles market, which was by far Janet Jackson’s strongest market, damaged her severely. From 1997 to 2002, physical singles sales dropped hugely from 117 million to 8 million in the country. Thus, even a #3 hit like Someone to Call My Lover ended up selling way less than its predecessors.

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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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