Thursday, May 30, 2024

Pop Charts: Adele is Safely Back at Number 1 But Can’t Find a Hit Single to Follow “Hello”


Adele– even she has frustrations! Having sold 8 million copies of “25,” the biggest pop star in the world is back at number 1 on iTunes and all the charts after a couple of weeks off for David Bowie and then Panic at the Disco. Last week, Panic briefly took the top spot.

But Adele is back at number 1 on the album charts, where she should stay until next week when Charlie Puth’s debut album will challenge her. Still, Adele has her own issues. She can’t seem to find a follow up single hit to “Hello.” She’s got a few single tracks selling on iTunes including the excellent “When We Were Young.”

But so far radio hasn’t picked up that song enough to get “When We Were Young” rolling in the deep or the dough. So it lingers in the top 20 like a wounded bird. It could also be that so many people have “25” they don’t need to buy it again. What will Adele do? How will she survive? I’m leaving it to the Sony radio people. I’d like to hear “When We Were Young” on every radio station, all the time.

Meantime, the most interesting record in the top 10 right now is Alessia Cara’s “Here.” She’s a YouTube phenom from Canada, and one of her producers– Andrew Wansell– is a direct descendant of Philadelphia International (his dad is Dexter Wansell). Let’s hope she sticks to her production team and doesn’t hook up with the Swedes or any of the people churning out the same-sound songs of other pop starlets.

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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