Monday, June 17, 2024

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Are Number 1, Beating Chesney and Streisand


Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are number 1 with their “Cheek to Cheek” album. The pair finished first in a close three way race with Kenny Chesney at number 2 and Barbra Streisand at number 3. Bennett-Gaga sold 131,000 albums. Chesney had 129,000 and Streisand a very solid 128,000. Streisand’s “Partners” album has been a huge hit with legs to carry it on. She dropped only 35% from last week, the smallest drop for a number 1 album in eons. Marty Erlichman must be doing handstands. Jennifer Hudson’s “JHUD” did less well, with 22,000 copies in its first week. “JHUD” needs a break out single. There are few possible ones on the CD, which is excellent. Radio, tune in please.

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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