Saturday, April 20, 2024

New John Mayer Album Fails to Hit Number 1, Denied by Luke Bryan


John Mayer got thisclose to being number 1 this week. But his “Paradise Valley” came in at number 2 in its debut week with 145,560 copies. Country superstar Luke Bryan held on to the top spot for a second week with “Crash My Party.” Bryan sold 158,810 copies– off by 70% from his first week but still at the top. Mayer had the goods, and lots of publicity thanks to relationship with Katie Perry.

The Mayer numbers are significantly down from his last album. “Born and Raised” sold 219,000 copies back on May 22, 2012. Where did those 75,000 fans go? It could be the mid August date, college is out, people are on vacation. Also Mayer could use a hit single to get  interest in the album. The duet with Katy Perry, called “Who You Love,” probably can’t be released as a single since she’s on rival Universal Music (via their EMI purchase).

“Paradise Valley” does have a weird twist though– a 1 minute 26 second reprise of the single “Wildfire” with Frank Ocean. Why isn’t a whole track? Ocean is on Columbia.

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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