Madonna, Janet Jackson, & Mariah Carey Albums Won’t Re-Enter Billboard Despite iTunes Sales Gains

Published: Friday 8th May 2020 by Rashad

iTunes sent the fan bases of some of Pop music’s most revered divas into battle mode last week when it announced a flash $4.99 sale of prized entries from their respective discographies.

After jaws dropped once reports surfaced Mariah Carey‘s 2008 album, ‘E=MC2,’ topped the real-time iTunes chart, fans of Janet Jackson and Madonna rushed to buy their albums as well, which resulted in their respective ‘Control’ and ‘Bedtime Stories’ sets soaring on the tally as well (as we reported here).

As fans wait with bated breath to learn where the new sales activity will land the projects on next week’s Billboard 200, the publication delivered a report to indicate it’s quite unlikely such will occur – especially given the absence of a streaming boost to assist.


“According to initial sales reports to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, E=MC2 sold about 2,000 copies total across all retailers in the U.S. in the week ending April 30. About half of that sum was driven by digital sales on April 27, the day the album topped the iTunes tally.

As for Bedtime Stories, it shifted a little over 1,000 copies for the week, while Control sold just under 1,000. Again, the bulk of each album’s sales were driven by digital sales — nearly 1,000 for Bedtime Stories on April 30 (the day it was No. 1 in the iTunes Store) and a little under, 1,000 for Control across three days (April 28-30).

It doesn’t necessarily take a large number of sales to reach No. 1 on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums ranking, especially considering album sales have been on the decline for years, and it was a particularly soft week for new releases on April 24.

None of the albums are expected to re-enter next week’s Billboard 200 chart, despite their surge on the iTunes Store…


Although Britney Spears enjoyed a sales boost with her 2016 album, ‘Glory,’ without a $4.99 discount (as we reported here), it too will likely miss re-entering the Billboard 200.

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  1. Only Facts May 8, 2020


    • Clarks0o0ñ May 8, 2020

      Idiot what are u raving about.
      It’s a picture for an old album cover


      • Only Facts May 8, 2020

        That everyone is talking about on Twitter, popjustice, breathe heavy, Instagram, etc. you’re the weirdo who supports a racist and your a person of color.

      • Clarks0o0ñ May 8, 2020

        Weirdo, go to these websites u mentioned and leave us alone .

        U have said several times that u are done with this blog but here u are.
        When are u gonna leave forever?

        Camila cabello is a racist, we get it, can u say something new?
        U cant cause that’s all u got.

        U probably run a twitter account dedicated to hating on Camila.
        What a bloody loser.
        Why hasnt c***** ended u , is one of many questions that need answers.

      • Only Facts May 8, 2020

        How about you go to one of the sites I mentioned, then you can see Camila gets dragged on more than just TGJ 🤣 You want my attention so badly. All you’re getting from me 😩🙂

      • Clarks0o0ñ May 8, 2020

        Here comes the rat, still replying me

        When are u leaving this blog for good?

        Ur such a loser
        U loose arguments on line, u lose arguments in real life

        Ur a loser online, ur a loser in real life
        Gurl pick a struggle.

        A lame pathetic worthless piece of crap.
        I hope you die of C*****

    • NawNaw May 8, 2020

      @OF – Britney’s new cover is 🔥 and everyone is talking about it. Clark is a n** – he’s shading glory since it’s 4 years old, but this article is about album that came out in the 90’s. #streamsavage

      • Clarks0o0ñ May 8, 2020

        U rat, I liked glory

        Invitation should have been a single

        Tinashe ruined slumber party.

        The original make me video should have been released, instead of that crap alternative version.

      • Erica May 8, 2020

        Glory is back in the top 10 cause of the new album cover

      • Only Facts May 8, 2020

        And the crazy thing is Britney hasn’t posted anything! Glory is having a nice little comeback. If the re-release really happens next week, I’ll die! An icon! And TGJ still hasn’t posted s*** about it

  2. Clarks0o0ñ May 8, 2020

    Being number one on itunes doesnt mean shìt.

    As I said earlier, these are the only platforms that matter

    Apple streaming service

    So many albums by rappers dont hit number one on iTunes, but they still debut at number one on the billboard 200.

    • Bogus May 8, 2020

      You raves about Camila being number 1 on iTunes lmao then she never had as number one on billboard with the album lmao SCUM BUCKET

      • Clarks0o0ñ May 8, 2020

        Camila’s debut album hit number one

        Dua lipa debut album peaked at number 27

      • Bogus May 8, 2020

        Her album was not number 1 on billboard

      • Clarks0o0ñ May 9, 2020

        Yes it was, RAT

      • Bogus May 9, 2020

        No it wasn’t SCUM she was number 3

  3. NawNaw May 8, 2020

    When does billboard update to prove that Megan is #1?! LOL

    • Hated4myopinion May 8, 2020

      Actually say so and savage are fighting for number 1

      chart data
      ‘s “Savage” and
      ‘s “Say So” are now both challenging for #1 on next week’s Hot 100 (via Billboard).

  4. Hated4myopinion May 8, 2020

    Remember a couple of years ago when get me bodied re charted on the hot 100 years after release.

  5. PinotNoir May 8, 2020

    Singers care about money.

    Not charts. Not 20/30 years in.

    When are ppl gonna get it?

  6. ERIC May 8, 2020

    I just wanna know when Janet plans to make an announcement about the Black Diamond tour. It’s not possible for her to still kick off in 6 weeks. What’s gonna happen to my 3rd row seat? 🙁

  7. Clarks0o0ñ May 9, 2020

    Mariah Carey e=mc2 entered sales chart #66

    At least fans get remembered classic albums

    • Sis May 9, 2020

      Bye Felecia. Real fans know her work already.

  8. Sis May 9, 2020

    Soooo basically TGJ, hyped the charts for some BS. This feels like t*** mag.

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