Call it the power of seven. Seven years, seven months and seven days after the release of her last album, 2008’s Discipline, Janet Jackson finds herself in a familiar spot: No. 1. The singer’s eleventh studio album, Unbreakable, has topped the Billboard charts. The critically acclaimed set moved 109,000 copies in pure album sales (116,000 when you factor in the streaming metrics used) to become her seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, leading an R&B/hip hop takeover of the chart with entries from The Weeknd, Drake and Future, Fetty Wap and Tamar Braxton rounding out the Top 5. While that feat is more than likely very sweet for the singer, what should make it even sweeter is that this is Janet’s first independent release on her Rhythm Nation label, which means that the singer enters at No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart as well.
Unbreakable has also helped Janet make a bit of history. By notching this No. 1, she’s become the third artist in Billboard history to have a No. 1 album in each of the past four decades (’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s). The other two stars in this elite club? Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand. Couple this news with her recent first-time nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it’s pretty safe to say that Janet is having the best week ever. Not too shabby at all, Miss Jackson.