Sunday, April 14, 2024

Unbreakable: Janet Jackson Album Debuts at Number 1 on iTunes, Number 2 on Amazon


Janet Jackson, welcome back. Her “Unnbreakable” album debuted today at number 1 on iTunes and number 2 on

This is a HUGE comeback for the youngest Jackson sister. Her last couple of albums over at Universal Music were duds. She was written off, and then took off. She got married and took a breather.

But now Janet is on tour, selling tickets. And her album is getting rave reviews. It totally backs up the tour. The single “No Sleeep” had a rocky start. But it’s been number 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart longer than any other single.

This is thanks to Janet’s management team, including Phil Quartararo, working “No Sleeep” at radio like crazy.

A new single, “Burnitup,” with Missy Elliot, is out now. But “Unbreakable”– produced by Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis– has a lot of potential hits.

Who looks good today? BMG Music’s Jon Cohen and his team. They licensed the album and went into business with Janet. Now every legacy star will want that deal. Cohen et al should get Gladys Knight and her team right away. Gladys’s single “Just a Little” is perfect for them.

So good news. Even if “Unbreakable” has a short run at number 1, it’s there. That’s all that matters.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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