Monday, July 22, 2024

Pop Charts: Aussie Boy Band 5 Seconds of Summer Has Huge Debut at Number 1


Ever hear of 5 Seconds of Summer? They’re a boy band from Australia. They land this week at number 1 on the pop album charts with 253,000 copies sold of their self titled debut. That’s a whopping SEVEN times more than the number 2 this week, the “Frozen” soundtrack. Weird AL dropped to number 3 from last week’s number 1.

5 Seconds of Summer has been on tour opening for One Direction. They’re sort of the NSync to the latter group’s Backstreet Boys. The group played the Today show’s summer concert series on July 22nd, which no doubt helped.

Otherwise, absolutely nothing is happening on the charts. They are static. When something breaks through, it’s like water in the desert. 5 Seconds of Summer is signed to Capitol, part of Universal Music. They don’t compare to another Capitol band from long ago, the Beatles, but at least they made a dent in the charts. Think of it — two weeks ago Sia sold only 52,000 copies to be number 1.

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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