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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RLAAMJR

I said it before and again and again and again. There’s no such thing as The Big 5 with Janet Jackson as part of it. There’s only The Big Four: Madonna, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

Recitales

I think was Madonna. Brit made Madonna’s cover and much more.

JN

Anyway, that has nothing to do with me. One person or five I agree with them, or him, her… whatever.

Bojan

And btw, I don’t know what are some of you here talking about. With exception of “Like A Prayer” and “True Blue”, Janet’s global sales were very similar to Madonna’s. Yes, Janet was always weaker in Europe, but starting from 1989 Madonna was selling much less in the USA the most of the time. Overall sales difference here is depending on the number of releases rather then showing some spectacular difference in their popularity.

Bojan

I meant. “Like A Virgin” not “Like A Prayer”.

Jason

I agree. While, at least according to this website, Madonna had four studio albums that sold better than any of Janet’s albums, Janet also had two studio albums that sold better than 13 Madonna’s albums, and one more that sold better than 9 Madonna’s albums. That pretty much puts them in the same category if you ask me. Nobody’s denying that Madonna had bigger success overall, but that indeed wasn’t some spectacularly bigger success if we know that Madonna had much more releases and was making safer music (sonically safer, not lyrically). It makes me wonder what would happen if… Read more »

JN

No you don’t have ID displayed. 😀 You would know that we aren’t the same person. But it’s even harder to beleive your estimations now because it’s clear that you are Janet hater which doesn’t come as a surprise from MJ fan.

JN

And yes, I agree with Jason. Well said. Your “facts” put Janet in the same league with Madonna.

JN

Well, obviously. Or are you trying to manipulate your readers? That’s disappointing.

JN

Oh, lord. Anyone can photoshop that. xD

JN

The only fanatic here is you. The source of all knowledge and all sales data on Earth.

Bojan

OMG! Just delete our comments if you don’t like them and shut up! Stop arguing with people here like a child. Some of us are actually kids, you aren’t and it’s embarrassing.

Trish

That Bojan person is a disaster. Ignore him. He just got banned on UKMix for his unhealthy obsession with Madonna and because apparently everybody who thinks Janet hasn’t sold 100 million albums is a hater and/or a Madonna fan. Everybody who is informed about charts/isn’t a delusional Janet fan trying to re-write history knows damn well that Janet has sold 60 million albums worldwide, give or take a couple of millions. I mean, it’s official record label figures vs a couple of delusional Janet fans who aren’t happy with her mostly underwhelming sales so they inflate them and make things… Read more »

Bojan

I’m neither banned nor do I have two accounts on UKMIX lol
And no, I don’t think that 11 studio albums and 2 compilations sold in 65 million copies is underwhelming in any way. It’s fantastic. Also, try to find any post in which I claimed that she sold 100 million albums. I said 100 million records, not albums.

Bojan

And no, Madonna and Janet aren’t equal, artistically. Madonna is not even writing music, only lyrics. They are only equal commercially, like it or not.

Broh

LOL, Madonna wrote a lot more songs ALONE than Janet ever did. Madonna was a three-time nominee for Songwriters Hall of Fame. And Janet?

Yeah agree, Madonna and Janet aren’t equal, artistically. That’s why Madonna is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (inducted in her first year of eligibility), while Janet is not (even after a 35-year career). Good Day 😉

Bojan

Hej MJD, did you see this? It’s from early 1994 🙂
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzY4WDEwMjQ=/z/9R8AAOSwfRdZIaK8/$_57.JPG

Bojan

No, I never said that I’m 100% sure it’s “over 20 million”. As someone pointed out, the truth is somewhere in between your estimations and Branson’s / label’s claims. Their claim of “over 14 million” from 1997 is very possible because they weren’t inflating her or anyone’s numbers, I think, back then. Or at least that was very rare. That became trend later in in 2000s. ABBA was among the first who started doing that. I’d say that she was always very realistic. 160 million is unrealistic and it came 2 years ago from BMG, not Janet’s team nor her… Read more »

Bojan

EDIT: If “Janet” went from 8 million to “over 10 million” in 3 months, then is very possible that it sold another 4 million during the 90s when she was very popular and huge touring force everywhere in the world. Especially because that album was promoted one more year after this and the last single “Whoops Now” was a solid international hit.

Bojan

Well, at least you finally admitted that your estimation isn’t the absolute truth. The fact that The Guardian used sources like ukmix.org, Wikipedia and this website only proves that nobody knows the actual sales. So, yes, this is a guesswork and not the absolute truth. Many also use Media Traffic and take it very seriously! 😀 https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=882040388536814&id=299303286810530

Jason

Janet’s numbers are more than amazing even here where they are, probably, deflated and, considering how many albums she has released, these numbers definitely puts her in a league of the biggest female stars ever. I know that this is “popularity analysis” but when we talk about some “leagues” there is a thing that puts Janet above every mentioned woman here and that’s her artistic achievement. I won’t be going into details now, but that’s the fact and if anyone care they can do a research by themselves. Unlike other mentioned divas, Janet is actually writing her music too, not… Read more »

Esmeralda

OMG the amount of delusion in you’re comment is making me laugh

Samuel King

You do realize Mariah is an amazing writer as well. Janet and Mariah both had to prove that they were amazing writers and still don’t get credit. Also Madonna actually is a great writer too, her lyrical ability is not that of Mariah or Janet imo(coming from a stan) but her ability to write great melodies and hooks is underrated. Janet, Madonna, and Madonna are all amazing songwriters and you shouldn’t have to put one of the down to uplift Janet.

Ivy

Janet’s sales are definitely bigger than this. Of course, some people will estimate however they want, pretend that they know everything and believe in whatever they like – and MJD is not an exception. But in reality, guessing global sales would be an impossible task even for Alan Turing. Janet was the world’s top female artist and best paid artist of all time. She got $120 million for 5 albums in the ’90s, Madonna and Michael Jackson $60 million for 7. That would never happen with these imaginary numbers. She was also much bigger global touring act than Madonna until… Read more »

Sam Osler

Madonna got $60 million in 1992 for THREE albums NOT 7 IN 2000 Madonna resigned with Warner with a similar contract and in 2007, Madonna signed the biggest deal for a female artist in history with a $120 million deal with Live Nation. Goodbye Warner’s Janet was not a bigger touring artist than Madonna prior to 2004, Janet would make about the same if not slightly more with her 1990 RN and 1993 janet tours than Madonna was making with her 1990 BA tour and 1993 GS tour, BUT… Madonna only did 57 dates for BA and 39 for GS,… Read more »

Bojan

If Richard Branson said that “Janet” sold over 20 million copies and then gave her 80 million dollars and made her the best paid artist in history for the second time. then that must be truth. You’re not signing to anyone for 120 million dollars with these numbers, yo you’re wrong.

Bojan

Nothing with that. The album was heavily promoted and had hit singles until mid 1995. How do you explain the fact that they made her the highest paid artist of all time after that album? Even if it didn’t sell “over 20 million” as stated in Branson’s autobiography, his number must be closer to the truth than yours. After all, these sales estimates are all guesswork. Unless you have exact number in terms of shipments from a Record company, it’s impossible to know how many copies were sold worldwide.

Bojan

I man, no big deal. I’m not mad on you or something. You’re just one of us, not some official source. 🙂

JN

No offence, but the only wishful thinking here is that you’re a music industry expert. I respect your hard work and it does help us to be closer to the truth, but you don’t have a final word so please avoid that approach if you want to be taken seriously. The truth is somewhere in between your estimations and record company claims. According to official website and promo videos from the late ’90s she had over 50 million albums sold at that point. According to BBC’s team that was working on Janet Jackson documentary in 2010, she has sold over… Read more »

Trish

Pure delusion

Robby

Hello MJD!
Much appreciated! It would save us all these speculations if Columbia published their bestsellers ala BMG wouldn’t it? One can wish! 🙂
Thank you again
Robby

Robby

Hi! I have the same question as Luminator above but for DOAD

It sold about 2.5M according to soundscan
Add the 1.48M sold in BMG which isn’t tracked by soundscan
You get 3.98M sold already enough for the 4x platinum certification
However this album was available in Columbia Music Club (as were her other AM releases Control, and Rhythm Nation) and considering how big it was in BMG, one would assume it also sold well at Columbia (which was an even bigger music club in terms of membership)

Did it sell next to nothing at Columbia?

Thank you in advance

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