Friday, June 14, 2024

Pop-Rock Sales: Mariah Carey “Caution” 50 Thousand Isn’t Bad, Mumford & Sons at Number 1 with 231K


Mariah Carey can be very proud: her “Caution” album sold a total of 50,000 copies this week. Most of that–43,000– were real sales of CDs and downloads. Only 7,000 came from streaming. “Caution” was projected to sell a little less than that, so this pretty good. Plus, Mariah did much better than a lot of current legacy acts of her generation or older.

The question now is, what happens to “Caution”? It’s nearly impossible to get real radio play for those artists like Mariah. She’s in a big pop music lifeboat. No one can sell much– not Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, or so on.

Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons came in at number 1 with a rocking 231,000. Most of that was sales and downloads– streaming was just about 14,000.

Another big hit this week: Michael Buble. His “Love” album, produced by David Foster, came in just under 90,000 with very little streaming. Buble has been talking about retiring, but now that his son is better, I bet he’ll change his mind.

Also big: “The Greatest Showman Reimagined.” These are songs from that movie, re-done by stars like Kelly Clarkson and Panic at the Disco. Atlantic Records A&R chief Pete Ganbarg has shown amazing acuity with repackages like this and “Hamilton Mixtape” after he’s had huge huge hits with the original project. “Reimagined” just about tied Buble, and finished at number 2.

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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