Janet Jackson “Control” Surges Amid Timberlake Fallout

An unlikely string of events finds new popularity for "Control," Janet Jackson's landmark 1986 album.

It began with the eye-opening "Framing Britney Spears" documentary on Hulu. Between how Justin Timberlake reacted in the wake of splitting with Britney and the tabloids'/media's celebration of him immediately afterward, it's ugly. In 2021, the optics are even worse.

Justin recently posted an apology for his behavior then and for how he avoided fallout from the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show with Janet Jackson. Whether or not you believe the sincerity of his words, there's no stopping Janet's music.

Support for her resonated loudly with sales of "Control," propelling it to the top of Apple’s Top 40 Pop Album Chart--on the album's 35th birthday, no less.

An appreciative Janet tweeted her video thanks, in part, "I'm so thankful for all of you being in my life," she continued. "You're so special to me, and I want to thank all of you for making 'Control' number one once again. After 35 years, never in a million years would I think that this would happen. I really appreciate you, and I love you so, so much. Thank you."