Janet Jackson Takes ‘Control’ of iTunes Sales Chart Week of Album’s 35th Anniversary

Published: Saturday 6th Feb 2021 by Rashad

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.

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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.

Keep it locked to That Grape Juice for more on this story as it arises.

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  1. Fancy BISH 💎 February 6, 2021

    I like stripper Janet much better, that Janet had NO FLAVOUR!

    • slh February 6, 2021

      Control was the beginning of Janet having “flavor”. And Janet never made stripper music!

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) February 6, 2021

        STFU, s h I t head. All nite(don’t stop), so excited, any time any place, my need, Anything, would you mind & warmth|moist are my h o e anthem💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿 Don’t get me started with her infamous super bowl half time show🤳🏿🤳🏿🤳🏿

      • Fancy BISH 💎 February 6, 2021

        If you look at her album covers for Janet, Damita Jo to 20 Y.O. the bish stripped naked so yes she is known as stripper Janet.

  2. Pat February 6, 2021

    The album that birthed all of your favs

    • 1988 February 6, 2021

      Absolutely! Everyone successful has borrowed from Janet’s Control era whether intentionally or not. This masterpiece is pure art. 🎨

      A+/A+ 💕

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  4. Jay February 7, 2021

    An awesome body of work. Deserving of all it’s praise. Many great ppl were apart of putting this together.

  5. BoyToy1814 February 8, 2021

    Queen Janet FOREVER❤❤❤❤❤

  6. JoeJoe February 9, 2021

    The “Control” album is actually not 10 million sold. It was reported by MTV 14 million way back in 1997 so i’m sure it’s higher 20+ years after that was reported.

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