Janet Jackson has another hit record.
Unbreakable, her 11th studio album and the first to be released on her own independent Rhythm Nationmusic label, has made its debut on the Billboard 200 album chart in the number 1 spot.
The honor is a historic one for the longtime LGBT ally. Jackson is now the third pop act to achieve a number 1 album in each of the last four decades, Billboard reports. (The other two acts are Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen.)
Remarkably, the album shot to the number 1 spot even though Jackson hasn't done a single interview to promote it. Of course, the singer is currently performing to sold-out concert crowds across the U.S.
Unbreakable isn't only a commercial success. Critics and fans agree that the album, Jackson's first since 2008, is a return to form. It's a deeply personal record that explores the singer's feelings about social issues ("Shoulda Known Better"), and sees her opening up about the devastating loss of her most famous brother, pop icon Michael Jackson ("Broken Hearts Heal").
The album also finds Jackson and longtime producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis collaborating with hip-hop stars J. Cole ("No Sleeep") and Missy Elliott ("Burnitup!").
In a recent ranking, The Advocate placed Unbreakable solidly near the top of Jackson's strongest work, alongside landmark albums such as The Velvet Rope, Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet, and Control.