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It’s good news and bad news for pop music acts who performed on last week’s MTV Video Music Awards. The good news is some of them got a sales bounce from being on the show. The bad news is: it wasn’t much of an increase in sales.

Here goes: Robin Thicke, appearing his white referee’s costume with Miley Cyrus, still only sold 57,775 copies of his “Blurred Lines” album. That was a 25% increase over the week before, but still…

Justin Timberlake was up 135% from the preceding week, but that only came to 37,359 copies of “The 20/20 Experience.” And he was on the show for, like, 20 minutes…

Teeny boppers One Direction were up 60% but that only translated into 10,867 copies of their latest album. This means that One Direction couldn’t sell more than that in the same week they also had a kind of infomercial film about themselves in the theaters. I’d be worried that this group may have peaked while the twerked. If you peak and twerk at the same time, that may mean you’ve puked…

The best news of the week was that Bob Dylan sold around 30,000 copies of a new release, an official bootleg called “Another Self Portrait,” which chronicles 1969-71. Bravo! Bob was not on the VMAs, by the way…

 

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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