Saturday, April 13, 2024

Adele Becomes First Recording Artist to Sell 1 Million Copies 2 Weeks in a Row


Hello, Adele!

The British chanteuse is now the first pop star ever to sell 1 million copies of a recording two weeks in a row. The “25” album sold 1,065,741 CDS, digital downloads and streams this week. Just CDs came to 1,021,558.

Fans are clearly buying the physical CD as a souvenir more than they are streaming or downloading. On amazon of course you get a free instant download when you order the CD. (That seems like the best deal in town.)

I bought the Target deluxe CD which has three extra tracks. I was surprised that, when heard on a real stereo system and not an iPod or phone, the CD has a lot of distortion. I don’t know if it’s the mastering or the actual recording. You wouldn’t hear it on a compressed MP3 system. “25” should be a gorgeous recording. But Adele’s tendency to belt is marred by cracking. If anyone else has heard that I’d love to get your email

Hitsdailydouble, which did the sales count, now supposes Adele is on her way to 6 or 7 million by December 31st. If that’s the case, Rob Stringer and the Sony team must be floating around on clouds at 550 Madison. They did a very good job.

Adele? She seems well adjusted but who knows? Let’s hope this doesn’t make her into a crazy diva celebrity. Her whole charm is unaffected nature, and her F bombing. But really, if you or I sold 7 million CDs in four weeks, wouldn’t we be ordering caviar for every meal and asking people to carry us into the next room? I do think so, my friends.

Hello from other side!

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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