Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Pop Charts: Zayn Comes in at Number 1, But Sells Only a Fraction of One Direction’s Numbers


Zayn, Zayn, Zayn. The big push for the former One Directioner turned out to be so much hype. Zayn Malik’s debut album, “Mind of Mine,” sold a mere 115,000 copies in its debut. There was another 46,000 in streams. Even though it finished at number 1, “MoM” did pretty poorly compared to One Direction itself or other recent pop idols. The album looks like another hot first week, then a big drop.

Next week, Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo” could over take it depending on streaming and sales on Kanye’s website– and how they’re all reported. Kanye could have had a Number 1 already, but he depended on Tidal and no CDs. It’s not working out.

Adele hangs in there at number 3 after almost five months with another 40,000 copies sold of “25.” She and Zayn, by the way, share a publicist. Zayn still has no single climbing the charts, and that’s part of what’s hurt his sales. “Pillow talk” has already waxed and waned.

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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