Adele and Janet Jackson have both released comeback albums at around the same time, but fresh blood Adele is killing Jackson in sales thus far.
Though Jackson’s comeback album Unbreakable sold an impressive 116,000 copies in its first week and received the much coveted top spot of a number one position on Billboard 200, her success is being clouded by that of another, newly initiated pop icon’s.
While Jackson’s comeback album had an impressive start, Adele has eclipsed her successes wit some major record-breaking sale.
Adele’s highly-anticipated album 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its first week, for one because of the mounting anticipation for it and for two because Adele blocked free streaming services from having it upon its initial releasee, making purchasing necessary.
According to USA Today, Adele has broken many records with her latest release, including being the first artist to sell over 3 million albums in the first week.
But while Jackson did not experience this kind of success with her latest release, she is not to be outdone.
Jackson has set some pretty hard-to-beat records herself. With her latest album, she’s only the third act to have a number one album in each of the last four decades and she’s become the first female African-American recording artist to now own her own label as well.
In other words, since releasing her debut album in 1982, Jackson has consistently remained a huge force in pop, the trajectory that Adele is likely on.
As for net worth, at this point in her career, Adele is estimated to be worth $75,000,000, a figure that is likely to increase as she takes on more work inspired by the success of her latest album.
While some reports have claimed Jackson is a billionaire, Forbes has confirmed that Jackson is actually worth nearly $200,000,000. The reports claiming she was a billionaire took into account only the revenue she generated from her career- about $1.2 billion, not her income and assets.