Her brother may have appointed himself King of Pop, but Janet Jackson earned her crown as Queen of Radio this week.
The title track from the R&B superstar’s upcoming seventh album, All for You, made radio and chart history when it was added to every pop, rhythmic and urban radio station that reports to the national trade magazine Radio & Records.
No other song has conquered all reporting stations in its first week at radio, let alone mastered three formats in one week, R&R’s Kevin McCabe said.
“All for You” also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #14, the highest debut ever for a single that wasn’t commercially available.
Jackson’s seventh album is due April 24. Co-producer Jimmy Jam said last month that the dance number is indicative of the upbeat, carefree vibe of the disc, which follows up 1997’s The Velvet Rope.
Janet Jackson will be the inaugural honoree of a new MTV special, “mtvICON.” Set to air March 13 at 8 PM on MTV, the career celebration will feature interviews and performances by a slate of artists who have been influenced by Jackson, who herself will contribute a promised “grand performance” to close the show.
“mtvICON” aims to annually recognize an artist who has “made a significant contribution to music, music video, and pop culture, while tremendously impacting the MTV generation.”