Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” in Dogfight for Number 1 Next Week with “Empire” Soundtrack


I did tell you Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” opened soft in sales. Now hitsdailydouble is predicting that Madge and the soundtrack for the “Empire” TV show will be in a dogfight for the number 1 spot.

“Rebel Heart,” they say, is looking at sales of around 100,000 copies. That’s not great, but it could be worse. Both Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez sold far fewer copies last year with new releases.

“Empire” is running around the same rate, although its streaming numbers may be higher than its physical sales. “Empire” is also a phenom in TV ratings, so it has more heat. It’s also been marketed very well, a la “Glee.” All the music is by the cast.

Madonna, as I’ve said before, lacks a hit single to put it out there and over the top. Her fans should be downloading “Devil Pray” separately from iTunes. That will give her momentum.

Roger Friedman
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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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