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.

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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.
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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