CSPC: Janet Jackson Popularity Analysis

Rolling Stone: Janet Jackson

Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Janet (1993) – 360,000 equivalent albums

That’s the Way Love Goes – 800,000
If – 650,000
Again – 300,000
Any Time, Any Place – 400,000
Remaining tracks – 250,000

The Velvet Rope (1997) – 330,000 equivalent albums

Got ’til It’s Gone – 600,000
Go Deep – 150,000
Together Again – 700,000
Every Time – 100,000
I Get Lonely – 350,000
Remaining tracks – 300,000

All for You (2001) – 225,000 equivalent albums

All for You – 900,000
Son of a Gun (I Betcha Think This Song Is About You) – 100,000
Someone to Call My Lover – 175,000
Doesn’t Really Matter – 175,000
Remaining tracks – 150,000

Damita Jo (2004) – 83,000 equivalent albums

All Nite (Don’t Stop) – 250,000
I Want You – 100,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

Interestingly, each 1993-2001 album has at least one song at 600,000 download sales or more unlike her previous four LPs. Even more surprisingly, the song which appears to be the best selling tune preceding the digital era is All For You. The song was still recent when downloads first arrived and it is also one of the few hits that had a global impact.

Damita Jo, the only album from this list released during the digital years – even if they were just getting started – has the worst results which is good evidence of its lackluster performance.

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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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