Janet Jackson’s unorthodox comeback strategy of a world tour in anticipation of the release of her new album turned out to be a stroke of genius as the highly anticipated new set, Unbreakable, is now officially the No. 1 album in the country, according to Billboard.
Tallying a total of 116,000 impressions (109,000 pure album sales) in its first week, Unbreakable marks Jackson’s seventh No. 1 album and also makes her only the third artist (along with Barbara Streisand and Bruce Springsteen) to score a No. 1 album in the past four decades (10’s, 00’s, 90’s, 80’s). Her last studio effort, 2008’s Discipline, also debuted atop the chart, along with All For You (2001), The Velvet Rope (1997), janet. (1993), Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) and Control (1986).
Unbreakable is also the first independently distributed album by Jackson, released on her own Rhythm Nation label through BMG. In addition to the top 200, the album also debuted at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart.
Jackson also leads a historic top five that, for the first time since 2007, is completely dominated by all R&B and hip-hop albums as Tamar Braxton’s Calling All Lovers bows at the fifth spot to join The Weeknd (No. 2) , Drake and Future (No. 3), and Fetty Wap (No. 4).
Check out the complete list of top 10 albums below.
1. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
2. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
3. Drake and Future – What A Time To Be Alive
4. Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
5. Tamar Braxton -– Calling All Lovers
6. Taylor Swift – 1989
7. Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up
8. George Strait – Cold Beer Conversation
9. Luke Bryan -– Kill The Lights
10. Don Henley – Cass County