Janet Jackson has already proven her worth as a singer and performer, but landing the Billboard 200 albums chart’s top spot just proves that she is truly Unbreakable.
Unbreakable marks her comeback in the music scene, and with it Jackson earned her seventh number one album. It sold 116,000 copies in its debut, Nielsen Music stated. Of that figure, 109,000 were sold in “pure album sales.” Unbreakable is her first album since 2008’s Discipline, which also topped the Billboard charts.
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According to Nielsen, the album gained 3.9 million streams in its debut alone. Unbreakable is also the first number one album for BMG. Moreover, topping the Billboard 200 makes Jackson the third artist “to achieve number one albums in each of the last four decades,” billboard.com reported.
Interestingly enough, Unbreakable ranked number one even without any press interviews promoting her album, although she has been busy with her Unbreakable world tour since late August. She attended the BET Awards as the recipient of the Ultimate Icon Award in June and released a music video for “No Sleep” recently.
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Jackson previously dominated the music scene with chart topping albums Discipline (2008), All For You (2001), The Velvet Rope (1997), janet. (1993), Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989), and Control (1986).
Her latest achievement puts her in the same category as Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen as the only artists with number one albums in each decade of the last 40 years, according to Billboard.
Streisand led the chart in 2014 with the album Partners and had number one albums from the ’60s to ’00s. Springsteen took the number one spot in the ’80s to ’10s with a total of eleven chart-toppers.
Unbreakable is the singer’s first album distributed by an independent company. Her own music publication company, Rhythm Nation, released the album through BMG. Not only did her comeback album dominate the Billboard chart, but it also claimed the number one spot on the Independent Albums chart.
The track “No Sleep,” a collaboration featuring J. Cole, led the album to number one and it became Jackson’s 40th hit on the Billboard 100 chart. It also remained at number one on the Adult R&B songs chart.
However, it looks like an imminent lawsuit will spoil her return. Producer Seven Aurelius is considering taking legal action against Jackson and her management after she denied she worked with him in the past. Jackson even went on to say that the collaboration Aurelius posted on the web was a “hoax.”
Aurelius shared a 2003 “unmastered” track called “S.E.X.L.I.N.E.S,” which he claims he produced with Jackson. He described the song as “an exclusive gift for Janet fans” only to find out that his SoundCloud and YouTube accounts were deleted. Aurelius believes Jackson and her team are responsible for taking down his accounts.
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Aurelius’ representative, Melanie Bonvicino, also confirmed the removal of Aurelius’ SoundCloud and YouTube pages.
A representative from SoundCloud released a formal statement addressing the issue, “If we’re told that any content has been posted without permission, we need to remove that content in accordance with applicable law.”
The Boombox, a music blog, released a statement from Jackson saying she does not want to be associated with the song because she did not “write it, produce it, or perform in it.”
Bonvicino, who claims Jackson invited Aurelius to Minneapolis to produce the song with her, said they are presently pursuing legal actions.
On the other hand, The Boombox, unpublished the story after gossip column Page Six reached out to Jackson’s camp, which claimed that “no comments were made to the media.”
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