Thursday, July 18, 2024

Pop Charts: Stars are Re-Born as Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper Duet Debuts at Number 1, Cher’s ABBA Album is Number 2


Here comes “A Star is Born.”

A week ahead of the release of the Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga movie, their duet from the film– called “Shallow”– debuts on iTunes at number 1.

This will be a monster single, and the first of many from the soundtrack that also releases next Friday. Watch this soundtrack soar on the charts and the radio as the movie booms.

Another big release today is Cher’s ABBA album. “Dancing Queen” blew onto the iTunes album chart at number 2, behind Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V.” They have totally different audiences, of course. Cher hasn’t had a new album in years, and this one has potential to last a long time.

The two performers have little in common on the face of it– they’ve each paid high prices to be celebrities. Lil Wayne has spent a lot of time in jail on drugs and weapon charges. Cher was married to Sonny Bono.

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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