Sunday, April 14, 2024

Pop Charts: Harry Styles Can’t Catch a Break as Selena Gomez Drops New Single, Chris Cornell Kills Himself


Harry Styles is trying soooo hard to get a couple of chart hits. But every time he gets close, something new gets in his way.

First, Selena Gomez dropped a surprise single that went straight to number 2 in like a minute. “Bad Liar” is a really good bluesy atypical 2017 record, too. When it was released this morning, “Bad Liar’ knocked Styles’ “Sign of the Times” down a few pegs.

Then, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame, killed himself over night. This is really tragic. He was a great musician and songwriter. I met him many times when he recorded music for movies. He seemed like a great guy. Cornell was 52 and had played an upbeat show hours earlier.

So now Cornell’s death has sent 9 of his singles and 9 of his albums right up the charts. Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” 20th anniversary edition is number 1. Cornell’s Audioslave album is number 3, and so on. Soundgarden’s 20 year old single “Black Hole Sun” is in the top 5.

And Harry just treads water. Tomorrow brings more new releases. Music is booming for the first time in a long time. But it’s not doing Harry Styles any favors!

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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