Monday, May 20, 2024

Doom and Gloom? Rolling Stones New Single Only Makes Number 76 on iTunes


Yikes! My Rolling Stones are having some trouble today. They released a new single for downloading on iTunes today. And it’s only made it to number 76. When Adele released “Skyfall” last week it also immediately vaulted to number 1. Same for Taylor Swift’s last four disposable concoctions. But the Stones did things a little strangely. They released “Doom and Gloom” for release at 3:15am Eastern Time with very little advance notice. It’s also not what you’d call a consumer friendly song. It’s not a big ballad, it’s not sentimental, it’s not for a 2012 crowd. It’s rough and raunchy. It has the word ‘fracking’ in it. It has no memorable chorus. The confluence of all these things has meant a blunted impact. But the Rolling Stones will always run counter to expectations. That’s what’s so cool about them. And “Doom and Gloom” is a more interesting, sophisticated take than anything on radio right now. Unfortunately, this is not the generation for interesting and sophisticated.

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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