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No one wants Robin Thicke’s album “Paula.” And very few people want any other CDs out there either physically or digitally.

In his second week, Thicke sold just 7,205 copies of “Paula,” bringing his total to maybe 30,000. The whole thing is a bust, a wash, it’s a goner, worse even than JLO and Mariah Carey’s new releases.

But the whole chart is a disaster. The number one album, by singer songwriter Sia, sold only 52,000 copies. That’s a new scary low for a debut number 1.  The whole top 10 sold only about 300,000 copies. The whole top 10!

If this were the auto business, people would be jumping out of buildings. There is absolutely no way record companies as they exist now can survive on those sales figures. It’s not like they’re selling something else besides music. Are they?

I did tell you that all CD and digital sales were down for the first half of 2014. Only streaming is up. But it’s not up that much. Where are the releases? Why is there no exciting music, no songs of the summer of 2014? The situation is quite sad. The record companies have encouraged so much sampling, and cannibalizing, that original music has all but been stamped out.

And back to Mariah and JLO. We’re not done with those stories. Those albums should have generated hits. Mariah had them on the CD. What happened? The other album that didn’t produce was Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP. We’re still counting on Gaga’s jazz duets with Tony Bennett to light a fire under sales this fall.


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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. 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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  1. Here’s a hint to the “biz”: Stop offering crap. SoLo along with Thick Robin and the like should be referred to as “music by committee” because there is no singular artistic vision in any of these releases. It’s all watered down drivel designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. The only creativity in any of this is what is thrown into marketing. The music is about as stimulating and cerebral as chewing on a stale cracker.

    The record companies need to stop going by charts and formulas, ditch the high rise offices, ditch the bottom line mentality and get back to what is important: THE MUSIC. If you don’t have a good product, you will fail. Business 101.

    And for crying out loud, get Robin to stop looking like such a sorry ninny on his covers. You’d swear the cover itself will burst into tears if you don’t buy it. Pathetic. Perhaps he’ll change his mood if he goes and twerks on a running lawnmower.

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