Friday, April 12, 2024

“Yeezus” Debuts at Number 1, Universal Music Has 4 of the Top 5


Kanye West’s “Yeezus” album debuts at number 1 this week with 328,800 copies sold. Kanye squeaked out a win over J. Cole, another rapper, whose “Born Sinner” album came in at number 2 with 297,922. Both albums are through Universal Music and Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Universal would have the entire top 5 this week, and 7 of the top 10. Amazing. However: J Cole’s Roc Nation album is still part of Jay Z’s deal with Columbia. Numbers 3, 4, and 5, respectively, are Mac Miller (his Rostrum label is through Universal), plus Kelly Rowland on Motown, and Black Sabbath’s brilliant comeback on Republic.

Wait: Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child? That’s right. Beyonce doesn’t get to have all the fame and money. You go, Kelly.

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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