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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Sales in the U.S. (Nielsen Music) / Worldwide sales (ChartMasters)

“Rhythm Nation,” 238,742 / 250,000
“When I Think of You,” 230,118 / 200,000
“All Nite (Don’t Stop),” 218,916 / 250,000
“Love Will Never Do (Without You),” 207,479 / 150,000
“Black Cat,” 151,309 / 100,000
“Control,” 141,991 / 125,000
“The Pleasure Principle,” 128,459 / 125,000
“Come Back to Me,” 109,210 / 100,000
“Runaway,” 256,666 / Remaining tracks (this includes “Runaway,” “Diamonds,” Make Me,” “The Best Things In Life Are Free,” “Twenty Foreplay,” “Girlfriend/Boyfriend” etc.) 300,000
“BurnitUp!,” 78,935 / Remaining tracks from “Unbreakable” including “BurnitUp!” – 50,000


Janet was and is global


Sold 160 million


I have a few questions

1. I see from previous comments that you combined janet. and Janet. Remixed to get the total European and Asain sales of 2,330,000 and 1,025,000. Do you know how much the Remix album sold by itself? Ive seen estimates around 750,000 before.

2. I see you have Control the remixes at 150,000 sales. Does the remix album count for Controls european sales of 1,080,000 like you did for Janet. Remixes?

3. How much did Together again sell in Europe alone?


She had a nice little peak in Europe from 1993-1998. 7 million albums sold in about 5 year is respectable for a black women releasing RnB albums. Look at how Mariah’s Butterfly faired in Europe.
Had TVR performed similarly to janet. in Germany and the UK it may of passed 3 million sales on the continent. She should of made a remix for it like Janet – Remixed.


JJ fans are always consistent in disbelieving Madonna’s stats just to ‘validate’ their idol’s success. In spite of all factual cases, they remain delusional.

So pathetic.


The pop star said Madonna’s “Sex” is “a horrible book. She didn’t even sell that many albums. Her last album sold 2 million. They shipped it, but it got shipped back,” Jackson said.


Janet Jackson really used to think she sold THAT many albums, so she confidently dissed Madonna’s album sales. 😀


Janet Jackson as far as I knew was a big TOURING act, like tina turner was and beyonce is now. She didnt have a universal pop sound like whitney, mariah and celine had that would attract an old audience. To me, she was a r&b superstar, not a pop singer like the media would promote her. Her music has a heavy focus on rhythm and beats because she is a DANCER who sings, not a serious singer. Anyway I think back in the day she reportedly got a contract from for $80 million but im sure that contract included touring… Read more »

marcus andre

Some of her fans in Ukmix say that: “That would be a weird theory to think that Janet Jackson (Billboard’s 2nd most successful act of the 1990s) didn’t sell anything at Columbia House. His logic just isn’t true at all! And then he also went on to say that “Design of a Decade” was fairly expensive at Columbia? It was featured in all of their ads for buy 12 for 1 even in 2002! https://books.google.com/books?id=APMDA … 22&f=false 1997: https://books.google.com/books?id=aV4EA … 22&f=false 1999 as well for Columbia House – https://books.google.com/books?id=YG5Yu … 22&f=false” “He said record clubs vanished by 1997, yet Columbia… Read more »

marcus andre

Thank you fot the answer. I think you’re completely right, especially about fanatic trolls. 😀


Hi MJD! I want to ask you about your estimations on Jamet’s physical singles sales. I think some of them are a bit overestimated. According to Billboard’s YEC, That’s The Way Love Goes sold 1,1m in 1993, If sold 600K in the same year, and Any Time Any Place sold 500K in 1994. Yet, you put their worldwide totals at 2,27m, 1,28m and 1,05m respectively. I find it hard to believe each of them sold roughly the same amounts in the US and outside it considering that Janet was rather weak outside the States based on album sales. Also, the… Read more »


Thanks for elaborating MJD! Those factors you’ve mentioned on your post for 80’s singles are very precise and truly useful in estimating which single sold more! Regarding Soundscan era singles, do you mean that singles back then had their own “clubs” or unregistered sales like albums, hence the gap between certifications and Soundscan sales? I suppose it’s because Soundscan didn’t fully cover the market during the early-mid 90’s. Has this situation improved during the late 90’s/early 2000’s, or was there still are large gap between certs and Soundscan sales?

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