This week brought with it the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson‘s breakthrough album, ‘Control.’
Released February 4, 1986, the history-making project – best known for its singles ‘Pleasure Principle,’ ‘When I Think of You,’ ‘Let’s Wait Awhile,’ ‘Nasty,’ ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately,’ and title track – is lodged in record books for becoming the first LP by a female artist to log six Hot 100 top 40 singles over the span of its popularity.
The launching pad from which Jackson would be propelled into Pop superstardom as one of the genre’s preeminent female acts, it would go on to garner critical and commercial acclaim by selling over 10 million copies worldwide and collecting a slew of international awards along the way (including Billboard Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, American Music Awards, and a GRAMMY).
And if this week’s commemorative celebration of the opus is any indication, it’s far from finished receiving its flowers.
Using the hashtag #Control35, Jackson fans around the globe have taken to social media all week long to tribute the LP – some even uploading their interpretation of the famous dance sequences found from the music video of the effort’s title track.
The renewed attention sent some to digital outlets – namely Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes – to revisit gems from the set.
As it relates to the latter, their collective activity helped hoist the nearly 4-decade old album to the top of real-time Pop sales charts – a move that sent it soaring past the likes of current chart-toppers Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, and more.
Real-Time iTunes Chart (Pop)
Having already peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 in its heyday, the reignited interest in Jan’s breakthrough album – which echoes similar sales activity that occurred last year (click here to read more) – could help it break into the tally’s upper quadrant once more.
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