Jennifer Lopez and manager Benny Medina must be steaming. Her “AKA” album is predicted to finish its debut week with just 30-35,000 copies sold. It’s a total disaster since Lopez’s last album did 83,000 copies and that was considered a flop. This is well below that.
The irony is that JLO is now signed to Capitol Records, which is now part of Universal Music. Capitol this week launched a British soul singer who’s sort of Boy George without the flamboyant outfits. Capitol has put a ton of money into Smith, guaranteeing him the number 1 slot and between 130-150,000 copies for his debut.
“AKA” has not made further up the iTunes chart than number 9 so far. On amazon, the physical CD is around number 20. Lopez has appeared on “Good Morning America” with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight show. But nothing is lighting a fire under its sales.
Here’s a great PR idea: have Lopez and Mariah Carey, who are sort of mortal enemies, appear together somewhere. They should sing “Enough is Enough.” (I doubt this will happen.)
Interesting, isn’t it? Carey and Lopez’s peer, Janet Jackson, sort of saw all this coming. She’s more or less retired from recording. She saw the writing on the wall. Of the three, Carey has the surest chance of a comeback. She’s got the Voice.