Friday, July 19, 2024

Pop Charts: Diva Deluge as Barbra, Britney, Celine and (Still) Adele Surround Frank Ocean


Frank Ocean’s odd release of “Blonde” isn’t the chart buster it might have been.

The Divas are right on top of him. Barbra Streisand, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and as ever, Adele, are taking up the rest of the charts.

Because “Blonde” doesn’t exist on Amazon, Streisand is number 1 with her “Encores: Movie Partners” album, giving her a record for having number 1 albums in each of the last six decades. On iTunes, which has a younger audience, Streisand is lodged impressively at number 5. Her recent short tour. culminating in two nights in New York, was a boost. So was her appearance on Jimmy Fallon this week singing with the host of the Tonight Show dressed as Donald Trump. A story on CBS Sunday Morning with Anthony Mason today could drive it even higher.

The big surprise is that Britney Spears is number 3 on iTunes, and number 2 on Amazon. Who is Spears’s audience? Didn’t they all grow up? Her “Glory” album is defying the odds since Spears doesn’t tour, appears mostly in Las Vegas, and is one of the few adults in the world who has a conservator. (Maybe everyone should have one!)

Celine Dion’s “Encore: Un Soir” is sung entirely in French but it’s her first album in a long time, the first since the death of her husband and manager, Rene Angelil. The album is top 30 on both Amazon and iTunes, and a little smart marketing could launch a single on middle of the road stations.

Meantime, Adele’s tour of the US has kept her “25” album in the top 10 of everything all spring and summer. The album was released in November and sold 7 million copies before the end of the year. It was only added to Spotify a few weeks ago.

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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