Janet Jackson Accused Of Inflating Album Sales With Concert T-Shirt Bundle

Daryl Deino

Many would think that Janet Jackson's well-reviewed Unbreakable could sell on its own, but that's apparently not the case. When Janet Jackson debuted at No. 1 a couple weeks back, her album sales were, according to Hits Daily Double, aided by using a special little trick.

"Janet Jackson's chart-topper this week was aided by the 30k units that were part of a ticket bundle for her tour, which explains why the album sold so well with virtually no airplay. The veteran artist and her wealthy husband, fashion mogul Wissam Al Mana, who financed the recording and underwrote her Rhythm Nation label, had shopped the album to the majors but got nary a nibble, enabling BMG to pick it up."

Music chart watchers have been enraged about this on Twitter and the silence from the media regarding this issue. However, veteran music industry site Showbiz 411 finally broke the silence.

"This week Janet Jackson's 'Unbreakable' album only dropped 3% since last week and sold 18,888 copies according to hitsdailydouble...It's great that sales stabilized, but what happened? It turns out Janet has been selling physical CDs, vinyl, and digital downloads as part of a package with T shirts and merchandise."

While some long-time chart watchers may be angry with Janet's sneaky trick, others may consider her smart. Let's face it: album sales are down for everybody these days. Janet Jackson is just doing the best she could by trying to spread her music to as many people as possible. However, perhaps the albums that are given away with T-shirts shouldn't count for the charts. What do you think of the Janet Jackson controversy? Let us know in the comments section.

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