Home Music Mick Jagger’s Super Group Album Sells a Paltry 33,000 Copies

One Rolling Stone is gathering no sales. Mick Jagger‘s weird super group album, “Super Heavy,” has sold only 33,000 copies. It’s dead on arrival. “Super Heavy” was a group formed by Mick with Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damien Marley, and composer A. R. Rahman. Released by some part of the Universal Music Group, Super Heavy was in trouble almost from the start. A single was released during the summer, but was kept a mystery. By the time the full album was released on September 19th, there had been little to no publicity. Talk about no buzz: it was just zzzzz. It’s strange, too, because the album is good. The songs are catchy and well made. But seemingly no funds went to promotion. One month later, the project remains less than cult favorite since really, no one’s responded to it at all. The unfortunate participant is Joss Stone. She could have been Adele before there was Adele. But bad choices have left her an asterisk in the pop business. She needs to find real management and a vision for her career. As for Mick, he does have another group. Their 50th anniversary is at hand.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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.
6 replies to this post
  1. You know how this goes: Mick gets mad at Keith, Mick forms another group, everyone yawns, the project fails, Mick makes up with Keith, Mick and Keith start writing songs, the Stones release a new album, the Stones go out on a huge arena tour, the Stones make a few hundred million, everybody’s happy. The end.

  2. No one cares about Mick Jagger’s outside projects. No one cares about the other people in his new band. How did the record company think this would go anywhere?

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