Sunday, May 26, 2024

Katy Perry, Gotye, Top 10 Pop Acts Inflated by Amazon 99 cents Sale

Share gave a lot of music away last week for 99 cents. Because of that, this week’s top 10 CD chart is crazy. Amazon ran specials on current albums by Gotye, Katy Perry, Fun, and the Black Keys. The result is a topsy turvy Top 10 in which some albums were just about free and others cost $12.99-$15.99. Justin Bieber’s “Believe,” already in trouble, at least stuck to third place, with 69,000 in sales and no special discounts. Chris Brown (the guy who beat up Rihanna but still dates her, apparently), came in at number 1 with 135,000 copies of his “Fortune” album. In between is Katy Perry, her “Teenage Dream” resuscitated by the amazon sale. She sold 75,000 units.

Album sales are down, and there’s very little product that’s important. Most of what’s out is disposable pop, at best. Nevertheless, allowing album sales to be counted at 99 cents is just plain wrong. After Lady Gaga did that to boost first week sales of “Born this Way,” a weak new rule went into place. Soundscan and others said they’d only count albums that sold for above $3.49—but that was only for four weeks. All of the albums that got pumped up this week by amazon have been around forever, it seems.

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Here’s the list as it will shake out:

1. Chris Brown 135K

2. Katy Perry 75k (a massive 99 cent sale at Amazon over July 4th)

3. Justin Bieber 69k

4. Linkin Park 58k

5. Maroon 57k

6. Gotye 45k (also in the Amazon sale)

7. Kenny Chesney 43k

8. Adele 42k

9. Fun 40k (amazon as well)

10. Black Keys 35k (amazon)

One Direction 34k

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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