Friday, April 19, 2024

Update: Sam Smith “Writing’s on the Wall” Drops More As Fans Reject James Bond Theme


I must say I am surprised. Sam Smith was so hot earlier this year, I thought his James Bond theme song for “Spectre” would go through the roof. And one week this morning– Friday– “Writing’s on the Wall” soared to number 1 on iTunes.

But one week later, the “Spectre” song is really a bust. It’s number 38 on iTunes, 112 on amazon, and not streaming on Spotify’s US top 50 chart. It is number 8 on the Spotify global, and around 24 on the UK Spotify chart.

On the UK iTunes, the song is number 2. It was briefly number 1.

Basically, “Writing’s on the Wall” has not charted the wall Adele’s “Skyfall” did. Or any of the Sam Smith singles this year.

But, you know, plenty of singles aren’t charting that have been available for a week. Janet Jackson’s “Burnitup” with Missy Elliot, and Lady Gaga’s “Till it Happens to You” aren’t doing much of anything. I am surprised, especially about the Gaga. It’s not easy out there.

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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