Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Pop Records Sales Sag for 2nd Week in Row as Blink-182 Beats Drake for Top Spot


No one is buying much music this summer, that’s for sure. For the second week in a row, sales of CDs and digital downloads are record breaking low. And streaming isn’t that much better.

The new number 1 is Blink-182’s “California,” which sold 170,000 copies and another 15,000 streams. Blink-182’s new album comes to us via BMG Records, a standalone company trying hard to resurrect older acts (from the 90s). Kudos to them. This is the group’s 7th label since 1992. They’re like the Beatles to that generation. One of their albums is called “Enema of the State.” I am not kidding.

The rest of the chart is a nightmare for record execs with mortgages. Drake sold only 40 thou CDs and downloads, although he did score an extra 90K streams.

Maxwell, god love him, sold about 59K CDs and downloads, but only squeaked out around 2,000 streams. His “BlackSummersNight” Volume 2 is excellent. He’s the real deal. Pay attention.

Thanks to the Blinkers, the top 10 sold around 400,000 units. But most of it was them. From 11-50, Meghan Trainor (10.5K) on down, sold squat. The number 50 album sold 3,789 copies.

Maybe it’s the humidity. Last week’s number 1, by the Avett Brothers, fell 82% to number 12.

Paul Simon’s “Stranger to Stranger” has hung in there, by the way. Backed by his touring, the album is selling a little bit week to week but it doesn’t drop off the top 30. Simon mixes in the new songs with old ones at his shows. And the songs are damn good.



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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