Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Report: Madonna Has Sold Just 36,000 Singles Since Pre-Christmas Release– Apologizes for Comparing Herself to Heroes


I told you last week that Madonna’s release of six new tracks to iTunes has been a sales bust. I keep getting emails from her devoted fans that she’s #11 in Hungary or #14 in Peru (I’m being a little facetious). But now this story turned up in Billboard–

\from Billboard: Madonna motors forward on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs with each of the three songs that she debuted last week. “Bitch I’m Madonna,” featuring Nicki Minaj, lands one spot short of the top 10 (14-11), while first official single “Living for Love” also leaps three rungs (16-13). “Unapologetic Bitch” jumps four notches (26-22) and “Bitch I’m Madonna” scanned 17,000 units in its first full sales week, up 33 percent. (The tracks were rush-released on Dec. 19, so their first chart-tracking week was abbreviated). By contrast, the other two tracks posted modest sales gains: “Living” is up 4 percent to 11,000, while “Unapologetic” ups by 2 percent to 8,000.

That’s a total of 36,000 copies of three tracks through January 2nd. (No mention of what happened to the other three songs.) None of the six songs is tracking on the iTunes chart of 200 top singles. Color me a little surprised. The songs were good. What isn’t good today is Madonna’s Instagram of Martin Luther King, Bob Marley and Nelson Mandela depicted as comrade “Rebel Hearts.” Is she really suggesting she’s on a par with MLK and Mandela? Or even Marley? It’s not going over well.

Since then Madonna apologized on Facebook (she can’t spell ‘neither’):

“I’m sorry
I’m not comparing my self to anyone
I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts
This is niether a crime or an insult or racist!
I also did it with Michael jaclson and frida khalo and marilyn monroe
Am I saying I am them
I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too.
I didn’t do it
My fans did
And I just re posted those photos
My fans aren’t racist either
If they put me in the same category as these other people
Thank you. I’m very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1 100th of what those people accomplished.” – Madonna

What must young people–like 16 and below — think of Madonna if they think of her at all?

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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