Saturday, April 20, 2024

ARTPOP Poops Out: Lady Gaga Album Already Falls to Number 8


ARTPOP has pooped out. The Lady Gaga album has already fallen from number 1 to number 8 on iTunes. Its reign at the top of the charts lasted for a split second. By Monday, when the weekly numbers are counted, “ARTPOP” may beat Madonna’s last album for the distinction falling farthest from number 1 ever. Madonna’s MDNA fell almost 85% in its second week after release in 2012.

The biggest problem with ARTPOP is no hit single. I’ve been writing about this for a couple of weeks and now I see Business Week picked up on the theme today. Gaga needs a breakout hit from that album. She currently has no song in the top 10.

“Applause” has done alright, but they are still searching for something. If only Gaga would listen to marketing people, or get a manager (or ask Troy Carter to come back). There are still a few choices on the album. But hubris may be the problem.

Brace yourselves, monsters. Monday may not be a good day in Gagaland.

No asked my advice, but this is a hit:

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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