Janet Jackson Notches Seventh No. 1 on U.S. Album Chart

R&B icon Janet Jackson has earned a seventh chart-topping album with “Unbreakable,” making her the third musician to clock a No. 1 album in each of the past four decades.

Jackson joins Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen in the historic club. She also hit No. 1 with the following releases: “Discipline” (2008), “All For You” (2001), “The Velvet Rope” (1997), “janet.” (1993), “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” (1989) and “Control” (1986).

“Unbreakable,” Jackson’s first independently distributed album, moved 116,000 units in the week ending Oct. 8, according to data from Nielsen Music. The collection was released through her label, Rhythm Nation, which operates through BMG. Only two women have achieved more No. 1 albums than Jackson: Streisand, who’s had 10, and Madonna, who’s had eight.

Behind Jackson is another R&B act, who has drawn comparisons to her brother Michael: the Weeknd. In his sixth of competition, the Weeknd moved 73,000 units of “Beauty Behind the Madness,” down 11% from the previous week.

Drake and Future’s rap collaboration “What a Time to Be Alive” finished at No. 3, having moved 65,000 units in its sixth week on the chart.

“Trap Queen” rapper Fetty Wap slipped to fourth place with his self-titled debut, moving 64,000 units after debuting at No. 1 the week before.

Tamar Braxton’s new album “Calling All Lovers” bolster’s the top 10’s R&B domination. Braxton’s latest set moved 43,000 units in its first week of sales.

Taylor Swift, who leads this year’s American Music Awards nominations, finished the week at No. 6. Approaching its one-year anniversary on the top 10, Swift’s “1989” remains strong, having moved 38,000 units in the time frame, down just 8% from the week before.

The rest of the chart is occupied by male country crooners. Thomas Rhett’s “Tangled Up” nabbed No. 7 with 32,000 units, followed by George Strait at No. 8 with 32,000 units of “Cold Beer Conversation.” Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights” jumped back up to No. 9 from No. 13, up 4% with 30,000 units. Eagles star Don Henley slipped 3-10, dropping 67% with 29,000 units of “Cass County.”

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