Saturday, April 13, 2024

Pop Charts: Beyonce Tops Actual Sales, But Drake Trounces Her with Streaming Numbers


A wild week on the pop charts:

Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is number 1 with 95,000 copies in physical CDs and paid digital downloads. Her total number was 131, 047 if you add in streaming.

But Drake’s “Views”  total came to 240,621 with streaming. Without streaming, Drake was number 2 with 85,250.

Who was number 1? Beyonce– her “Lemonade” is pricey at $17.99 and you need it physically to get the videos.

Drake– that audience seems not to need the music in their hands. They don’t mind just listening over and over on streaming services. Trust me, Drake would rather they bought it.

Where are real music fans? Cyndi Lauper’s country album produced by great Seymour Stein had no streams and second week sales of 4,900. This is a real shame. But this is the problem with Rhino, a great catalog company that can’t do new releases. They’re not equipped for it.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” album had a sales spike this week thanks to deep discounting to $7.99.

Kanye West’s “Life of Pablo,” the most botched record in modern history, is still not available for much of anything. No charting for digital downloads at all this week. Streaming came to 20,000. “Pablo” didn’t generate enough cash for Kanye to buy baby food this week. Maybe he doesn’t care.


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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