Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ Enters iTunes’ Top 5 Over 34 Years After Debut

Published: Wednesday 29th Apr 2020 by Rashad

Is quarantining driving people to revisit the golden jams of yesteryear?

It would seem so as just a day after Mariah Carey‘s ‘E=MC²’ topped iTunes sales charts over a decade after its release (as we reported here), Janet Jackson‘s breakthrough LP – ‘Control’ – has broken into the tally’s top 5.

It may have taken a while, but the ‘Let’s Wait Awhile’-housing project has been given another wind.

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Jackson’s third album, ‘Control,’ may have celebrated its 34th anniversary on February 4, but on April 29 the singer’s fans – affectionately called the #JanFam – are celebrating the opus going on sale for $4.99.

As a result of the discount, the groundbreaking effort has hopped into the top 5 of iTunes’ sales tally and bests some of the sales of current popular albums like that of Fiona Apple‘s and more.

Its ascent started April 28 but, at the rate it is rising, could potentially see it top the sales chart.  See below:

Real-Time iTunes Chart


Jackson took to Twitter to thank fans for the support, increasing sales as a result.


If the momentum continue, next week’s Billboard 200 could see a revisit from ‘Control’ and ‘E=MC²’ – two albums that topped the tally in their respective release years.

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  1. ERIC April 29, 2020

    I’m amazed to see my two favorites Janet and Mariah on this list, and I love it even more to see Janet ahead of #6. This made my day!! LOL

  2. 1988 April 29, 2020

    It’s a masterpiece that broke all kinds of records. Did you know: “The album made Billboard Hot 100 history, breaking brother Michael’s record for longest continuous run on the Hot 100 with singles from one album, a record 65 consecutive weeks.”

    Janet we salute you! 🙂

  3. PinotNoir April 29, 2020

    Taurus luck just in time for Taurus season! Mimi (Taurus rising), then Janet (sun). Lizzo is already winning. Who’s next: Céline (Taurus mars), Aguilera (moon), Kelly Clarkson (sun), Fantasia (sun), or Wham Smith (sun – doubt it, tho)? ?

    • Happy n Rich April 29, 2020

      Fantasia has the Sun in Cancer, but you can add Adele to this list in her place.

      • PinotNoir April 29, 2020

        Aw, thx for the correction. Can’t edit.

  4. Pat April 29, 2020

    The blue print for the pop girls

  5. BIGGESTAALIYAHFAN April 29, 2020

    LEGEND, nuff said.

    • Fancy BISH April 29, 2020

      Yaaas *Drinks Cherry Coke* *SMACKS* ?? ??

  6. Keith April 29, 2020

    Good news, but I hope this is truly a new legion of fans discovering her. I’m always disappointed when young folk don’t know who (professionally) she is. And it would be nice to see it go to #1 although I would admit that I would be happier if this happened for the “Damita Jo” album…

  7. Swamp dog April 29, 2020

    Janet is a true musical genius. Control was the beginning of a long string of multi platinum cds for her

    Hats off to you Ms. Jackson There are many more check out her catalog of hits you won’t be disappointed.

  8. nate April 29, 2020

    JANET & MARIAH in the TOP 10 together? This is nice throwback to the golden age of 1993. All is missing is a classic Whitney album.

    • PinotNoir April 30, 2020

      Wholeheartedly agree!

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