Monday, October 05, 2015

Janet Jackson Seems Destined For Her Seventh Number 1 Album

All indications are that Janet Jackson is about to have the seventh number 1 album of her career.

Hits Daily Double has published their early-week predictions of sales for new albums and Jackson is looking at 100,000 to 110,000 in sales with just a bump of 3,000 extra when streaming is added. That should be enough to put her at number 1 for the week but, as the site says, that's if there are no surprises from superstars.

While Jackson's first two solo albums, Janet Jackson (1982 / #63) and Dream Street (1984 / #147) did not fare that well, her third, 1986's Control, hit the top of the charts and every release since has made it to either number 1 or number 2.

Of course, a number 1 album doesn't quite mean what it used to. Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 sold 8.5 million in 1989 and janet. 7 million in 1992 but her last number 1, 2008's Discipline, is yet to go gold with sales of just over 450,000.

If Unbreakable does make it to number 1 next Tuesday, it will put Jackson in third place on the list of female vocalists with the most chart topping albums behind Barbra Streisand, who has ten, and Madonna with eight.

Other veteran artists looking to debut in the top forty next week include Clutch with 19,000 to 22,000 in sales and 20,000 to 23,000 in sales + streaming, Collective Soul with 11,000 to 14,000 (12,000 to 15,000) and Queensryche with 8,000 to 10,000.

In Britain, the mid-week charts show Jackson at number 8, outsold by both David Gilmour (#3) and the debut of the new album by Squeeze (#7). Other debuting veterans include Clutch (#12), Foster & Allen (#29), Mercury Rev (#30), Paul McCartney (#33 & #40), Wasp (#35), Queensryche (#59), Garbage (#74) and Joe Jackson (#96).