Monday, April 22, 2024

Drake Sells 750K Copies of “Scorpion,” Most of it Via Streaming, John Coltrane Sells 17K


Drake is number 1– by miles.

His “Scorpion” music sold enough to register 158,000 downloads and almost 600,000 from streaming. The total according to hitsdailydouble is 749,000.

“Scorpion” has also scored many records for streaming. He has the top 20 songs on the Streaming Songs Chart — plus three more songs in the top 30. His sales have dwarfed Kanye West and Beyonce and Jay Z.

Indeed, Kanye’s “Ye” album sold only about 24,000 copies this week. And The Carters sold around 38,000 total of their duet album. Neither act has done much on the singles charts.

No, it’s all about Drake, for better or worse. Will anyone remember these songs? No, of course not. But for now, he’s the king of the hill.

Number 2 for the week is a new album by Florence and the Machine, 81K, only 10K of that from streaming. Hip hop rap R&B is all about streaming. Rock and pop are sales, physical and download.

The discovered John Coltrane album, “Both Directions at Once,” sold just 17,000 copies with about a thousand more in streaming. You can’t stream it, really, but I did because in New York City there was nowhere to buy a CD or LP. Sometimes I feel like I’m living in a nightmare of my worst future predictions from the 1980s.


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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