Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Jimi Hendrix: He’s Hot, He’s Dead, and He’s Number 1 on Amazon, Number 2 on iTunes


Jimi Hendrix has been dead 42 years. And he’s number 1 on today. He’s number 2 on iTunes. He’s got the best selling physical CD over all, and he’s number 1 in rock, pop, and classic rock. “People, Hell, and Angels” also has the distinction of being an album of entirely unreleased material. It’s not a greatest hits package. His publicist, Bob Merlis, is over the moon and rightly so: the album is amazing.

Of course, skews older, and they are not the total indication of an album’s sales. Plus, today is the official release date, so there are plenty of advance orders. But the number 2 on iTunes says a lot.  Eddie Kramer and co. deserve a lot of kudos. They put together a stunning tribute to Hendrix. Get that album and listen to “Mojo Man.” That’s a lot of mojo to travel four decades.

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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