Janet Jackson moves one step closer to the pantheon of great singers with her seventh number 1 album, Unbreakable.
Among female vocalists, she is now third on the list of those with the most number 1 albums behind Barbra Streisand (10) and Madonna (8).
Last weeks two leading albums by veteran artists flip-flop for their second week of released with George Strait taking the chart lead as his Cold Beer Conversation falls 4 to 8 while Don Henley's Cass County moves 3 to 10.
Rockers Clutch score the biggest album of their career with Psychic Warfare which premiers this week at number 11. Their eleventh set, each of their last five releases has done better than the one before on the Billboard Albums chart with the last, 2013's Earth Rocker, having debuted at 15.
Collective Soul debut at number 25 with See What You Started By Continuing, one spot lower than their last albums, 2009's Collective Soul. Of their nine studio albums, the highest charting has been their 1993 debut Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid.
At 27 is the debut of Queensryche's Condition Human and, like Collective Soul, it comes in just below 2013's Queensryche which went to number 23. Their career peak is 1994's Promised Land (#3).
Matt Nathanson starts at 43 with Show Me Your Fangs, a big drop from his last two albums which both debuted in the top twenty (Modern Love (2011 / #17), Last of the Great Pretenders (2013 / #16).
Like in his native England, Paul McCartney's latest deluxe archive releases are not fairing as well as his releases from the 70's. In the U.S., Tug of War opens at 56 while Pipes of Peace is at 70.
The top five albums this week in the U.S. according to Billboard:
- Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
- Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
- What a Time to Be Alive - Drake & Future
- Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
- Calling All Lovers - Tamar Braxton
- The Hills - The Weeknd
- Hotline Bling - Drake
- What Do You Mean? - Justin Bieber
- Watch Me - Silento
- 679 - Fetty Wap Featuring Remy Boyz
- Album Sales - Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
- Digital Album Sales - Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
- Independent Albums - Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
- Country Albums - Cold Beer Conversation - George Strait
- Rock Albums - Psychic Warfare - Clutch
- Hard Rock Albums - Psychic Warfare - Clutch
- Alternative Albums - See What You Started By Continuing - Collective Soul
- Folk Albums - 1989 - Ryan Adams
- R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
- R&B Albums - Unbreakable - Janet Jackson
- Jazz Albums - The Silver Lining: The Music of Jerome Kern - Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap
- Catalog Albums - Tug of War - Paul McCartney
- Tastemaker Albums - Psychic Warfare - Clutch
- Latin Pop Albums - Mis Numero 1...40 Aniversario - Juan Gabriel
- Adult R&B Songs - No Sleep - Janet Jackson Featuring J. Cole
- Smooth Jazz Songs - I'm Back - Walter Beasley
- Latin Digital Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
- Latin Streaming Songs - El Perdon - Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias
- Hot Gospel Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
- Gospel Digital Songs - Wanna Be Happy? - Kirk Franklin
- Holiday Digital Songs - All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey