Thursday, May 23, 2024

Amazon Does it Again with Lady Gaga, Screws Up Bono “Spider Man” Download


Ok, amazon had a major catastrophe on Monday when they gave away Lady Gaga‘s new album for 99 cents on download. The songs came one at at time over a five or six hour period. So why not do it again? Today, “Born this Way” is again 99 cents. And guess what? It’s clogged up the amazon system. I just bought (! yes bought!) the “Rise Above” download from “Spider Man: Turn off the Dark” featuring Bono, The Edge, and Reeve Carney. It’s not here, and it’s not coming any time soon. Under “Your Account–Digital Orders,” “Rise Above” is listed as “being processed.” It’s just one track! As a regular amazon customer, I can tell you this is not the way their system works.

More importantly: is this really to promote amazon’s Cloud service, or is it to pump up sales of “Born this Way”? When the charts are done on Tuesday, how is “Born this Way” going to be counted when its competitors–principally Adele‘s “21”–were priced several dollars higher? Interscope may claim a record number of sales for “Born this Way,” but hundreds of thousands will have only cost that 99 cents. “Born this Way” is going to need an asterisk when it hits the record books.

PS Both Lady Gaga and “Spider Man” are on UMG’s Jimmy Iovine label, Interscope.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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