CSPC: Janet Jackson Popularity Analysis

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You have been voting in your numbers on voting at Chartmasters.org for your favorite artist to be studied with the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept. The promise was that artists winning each category would be covered within a few weeks. On political campaigns, commitments aren’t always completed but our site is fully aiming to respect them! Among artists with a mid-sized discography, Janet Jackson received half of the votes – 297 out of 592 as of now – the highest total of any artists from all categories making it natural to start filling your wishes by working on her statistics!

It is a mystery to nobody that the American superstar hasn’t been doing headlines for many years. The little sister of Michael Jackson is more than a famous sibling or a faded rising star. Her discography spans 33 years from 1982 to 2015. Along the way she topped the US charts with 10 singles and 7 albums, proving a real selling power.

Albums like Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 are often claimed to be 14 million sellers each while 1993 set Janet. is supposed to be a 20 million seller. Regular readers of our website are certainly questioning those tallies though as they know how often inflated figures flood the internet, especially when the popular divas a la Madonna, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston or Celine Dion are concerned. Her chart toppers are completely legitimate so she must have sold a good chunk of units with various of her records. What is the truth then? Where does Janet Jackson rank inside the all-time divas list?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. The concept will not only bring you sales information for all Janet Jackson albums, physical singles, download singles, music videos and streaming, it will also accurately weight all this information to conclude her true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea, the next page explains it with a short video, I fully recommend you to watch it before getting onto the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures. Let’s go!

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I wanted to ask whether your estimation for the janet. album in the US isn’t a bit too conservative. I mean did it really sell less than 100,000 copies outside of SoundScan and BMG music club? SoundScan: 7,041,457 (updated 8/1/13) + 860,000 BMG = 7,901,457+ That’s about the same total as reached by “Music Box” by Mariah Carey, for which you stated that it sold well past the 10,000,000 mark! I thought that SoundScan was far from being comprehensive in 1993 and there were other small music clubs next to BMG and Columbia House (where janet. wasn’t available)., so that… Read more »


Wow, that was extremely insightful! I fully agree on each point and i can understand your estimation a lot better now.

Thank you for actually taking the time to deal with all of the questions in the comment section. I really appreciate that!

Keep up the great work!


Thank you for the explanation. Truly appreciate it! Just a few more clarifications regarding DOAD: 1. How can we be certain that DOAD shipped less than 3M by the start of 1997? Janet was back with Virgin records at that time and could it be that A&M just didn’t bother with its recertification since she is no longer their artist? 2. You mentioned that soon clubs vanished after 1997 implying that DOAD couldn’t have benefited from additional club sales from either BMG or Columbia. There were still ads as late as 2002 advertising columbia music club in magazines (with DOAD… Read more »


Hello MJD!
Thank you for taking the time and explaning this to me. I understand where you are coming from and your logic is sound.
I do however want to also point out that Columbia continued to advertise DOAD in 1997 and also in 1999 so i do not think the album was completely absent from their roster but you are probably right that it most probably had a exclusivity deal with BMG early on.

Thank you again and keep up the good work! 🙂
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MJD, could you please provide the chart runs of both the Janet. album as well as Design of A Decade in Australia?

I knew that the Janet. album was under-certified based on it’s chart run (#1 for 4 weeks, 50 weeks on chart) Still, Janet. had a much better chart run than DOAD (#2 for 3 weeks, 25 weeks on chart) I also heard recently that the Janet. album managed to rebound to #1 in early 1995, nearly 2 years after it’s release! I was wondering perhaps it’s sales could be possibly closer to DOAD’s


face the facts!

WOW” I always knew Janet was sort of a local act but I never thought she would be that much of a flop anywhere else besides the USA… Is this the same woman whose fans claim she’s the queen of pop? is this the same woman who had the nerve to claim that Madonna’s Erotica album was “shipped back”… bitch, please, that album sold more than Janet’s 90% discography. 50 million in 30 years is really not that impressive. Other than Velvet Rope she was a non-event outside of the USA borders


Her album sales stand at 60M, why are you deflating them by a whole 10M? Petty.

MJD shouldn’t allow this type of replies on his website. There are plenty of forums like ATRL where you can unleash your shade and flamebait comments.


True it’s annoyi


FINALLY. Thank you so much for your hard work putting all of these together! This is incredible. But just for your information, Janet’s albums from 80’s and 90’s need to be re-certified in so many territories, especially US. Rhythm Nation 1814 and janet. should have been certified Diamond in US by now. She is one of the few down to Earth diva who don’t brag about her albums sales that much. If they re-certify her 80’s and 90’s albums I believe we can see her album sales is actually a bit bigger than this. But again, I cannot thank you… Read more »


Hi again MJD! I counted a total of 5,220,000 albums sold in Asia for Janet (not counting remix albums or other compilations). With more than 5 million albums sold across the Asian continent, I think it’s safe to say Janet is one of the biggest selling non-Asian divas there, even if her sales outside Japan seem to be a bit underwhelming. I looked up some of your older articles, but unfortunately you didn’t start including Asian totals until very recently. If you have the time, would you please tell us how much the following artists have sold in Asia, including… Read more »


Thank you so much!


I thought 14 million for “Janet.” and above 10 million for “Control” and RN1814 was a given.
In the US she was a force to be reckon, both in albums and singles… but in the singles department is where she outperformed most of her contemporaries from the decade 1986/1995 particularly.

Marlon Serpa

Michael Jackson pleaaaase!

Love Janet!

I find your career brilliant and it sold very well. Having the stigma of being the King of Pop’s sister and launching her career at the Michael’s peak was a risky. Just because she left that huge shadow and built her own legacy already shows just how iconic she is. GOD BLESS THE QUEEN!


Barbra next, please


Mariah Carey next, please.


AMAZING as always, thank YOU!

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