Thursday, June 20, 2024

Pop Music: Prince A Fatality with “HitNRun,” Gaga Ignores “Hunting Ground” Song, One Direction Hits “Infinity”


Not sure what’s going on, why or wherefore…

Prince has struck out with his strangely released “HitNRun.” It’s number 13 on the iTunes R&B albums chart. It’s nowhere on the top 100. Prince put the album on Jay Z’s Tidal HiFi streaming service, which few have or know about. Then he put it on iTunes for downloading, but  no one’s really working it. The album will be remembered as an actual hit and run. Couldn’t he have just released it normally through Warner Music?

Lady Gaga has managed to ignore “Till It Happens to You” so that it’s doing nothing in the U.S. On the UK charts, the song from the documentary “The Hunting Ground ” is number 75. Great song. Why doesn’t Gaga go out and promote it, talk about it, the whole deal? This is a real potential Oscar nominee for Best Song. Go download it from iTunes. Proceeds go to charity.

One Direction is number 1 with their single “Infinity.” They knocked off Justin Bieber, who’s fallen to number 4 on iTunes. Elsewhere he’s around 8 or 9. One Direction’s new album is number 2 on iTunes as a pre-order for November 13th.

Sam Smith’s James Bond theme from “Spectre” imminent tonight…

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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