Tuesday, April 16, 2024

“Black Panther” Soundtrack Number 1 for 2nd Week Thanks to Streaming, Which is Now Completely Hip Hop and Rap Oriented


The soundtrack to the hit movie “Black Panther” is number 1 for the second week in a row. Total sales were roughly 125,000 copies according to Buzz Angle and hitsdailydouble.com.

But only around 39,000 of those were sales of CDs or digital downloads. The bulk of sales came from streaming services like Spotify and AppleMusic, maybe even a few from Tidal.

This isn’t unusual for hip, rap or urban music these days. Most of the streaming chart is taken up with this music. No one talks about it, but streaming has become the official delivery system for black music fans. And young ones.

By contrast: the soundtrack to the Hugh JackmanĀ  movie “The Greatest Showman” is number 2. It sold 60K copies, with no streaming whatsoever. The entire top 50 Streaming Songs chart is hip hop, or rap-pop. The only white artist is Ed Sheeran, with his “Perfect” lodged at number 11.

The music biz overall remains in the doldrums right now. No major releases are expected before May 11th, when Charlie Puth releases his new album. But no BIG stars are coming any time soon– unless someone surprises us!

Roger Friedman
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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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