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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I find the estimates here for both janet. and The Velvet Rope to be overly conservative. Some totals are reasonable but many major markets are simply too low. Even in February 1995, media reported the janet. album as a “13 million seller”. It’s important to note this is before the release of janet.Remixed and her Australian, Asian and European tour. March 1995 also saw the release of final single Whoops Now which was a big radio and sales hit in various markets. See this news report of Janet arriving in Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEK4iQkE1CE&list=PL8J8yEW5Ps5YGlayX3SUr5eQ1-yU77qYk&index=152 Reissues of janet. from this period in Europe… Read more »


According to the 1999 EMI report:

Garth Brooks’ “Double Live” shipped 6.1M copies April 1998-March 1999.

And yet the album was certified:
12x Platinum US (6,000,000 units) – December 17, 1998
6x Platinum Canada (600,000 units) – February 12, 1999
= 6.6M  

So over 500,000 copies were officially “confirmed” which according to that EMI report didn’t exist?

Joseph John

one question: does this account for BMG and club sales as those were specifically never counted in other formatted tallies? I know in the 90searly aughts she had several millions related to the clubs..

Joseph John

Per capita based on amount of music released, press/marketing done, $$ collected/earned, ownership of masters, and yes – her music is extremely timeless due to avant garde innovative production from JJ & TL and its getting that recognition now bc well, the 2nd most powerful mogul sent out a hit on her and had her “erased” and barred from things – Janet might be tops. Id say the big females except Enya – have done maybe 2-3 – in madonna’s terms – 500x – of publicity, press, marketing, endorsements, interviews, products blah blah blah…madonna is the queen bc she damn… Read more »


ukmix + the rock n’ roll hall of fame seem more credible sorry. there’s no way people would just randomly lie about another 80 million sales especially for someone like a janet.


The janet. album sold 20 million worldwide Virgin Records themselves stated this it’s even on Janet Jackson website stating the claim and there is a 1998 article stating it sold 20 million.

Andrew Mark

Thanks to the fanatics! When Janet updated her website years ago, the sales of the albums in the discography section were very similar to the numbers here at Chartmasters, but a flurry of fanatics went to Twitter saying that sales were higher and mostly outdated. The sales were withdrawn and some time later in the news section the inflated sales began to appear. Unfortunately, the way the site was made at that time did not allow it to be archived on archive.org and the information became lost. Someone who managed to get a print should post it on Ukmix, even… Read more »

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