Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Aretha Franklin Takes 21 out of the top 100 iTunes Singles, “Respect” Fends off New Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson Releases


It’s Saturday morning, forty eight hours after the passing of the greatest singer of our lifetime, Aretha Franklin.

And what a tribute to her the fans have made: Aretha now has 21 of the top 100 singles on the iTunes charts.

The number 1 single is still “Respect,” and Aretha has numbers 2 and 3 also. She has fended off new releases from Janet Jackson and Ariana Grande.

On the albums chart, Aretha’s Greatest Hits is number 2. She has 17 albums in the top 100 all together.

Over on amazon.com’s CDs and Digital downloads chart, Aretha has the top three albums. Then there are about 15 others scattered through the top 100.

Aretha’s posthumous success has also been good for Carole King, who wrote “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” with Gerry Goffin and Jerry Wexler in 1968. King’s “Tapestry” album is also selling, with her version recorded three years later.

I know Aretha is watching this whole phenomenon and smiling from heaven. But boy oh boy, we miss her. Still, she and Otis Redding must be having a good time watching “Respect” soar through the world right now!

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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