Friday, July 19, 2024

Mariah Carey’s “Caution” Album Fell a Whopping 159% in Second Week, Beaten by Her Own Xmas Album


I am starting to wonder how Mariah Carey sold 50,000 copies of her “Caution” album in its first week.

That’s because in its second week, “Caution” sold just 5,692 copies according to BuzzAngle and

These numbers include streaming, which was minimal.

It’s a 159% drop from week 1 to week 2.

Even worse: “Caution” was beaten slightly by Mariah’s Christmas album, which ranked a few notches higher on the chart that combines streaming with CD sales and downloads.

“Caution” fell totally off the CD-and-download top 50. It’s just gone.

This news certainly must be frustrating for Mariah, but she’s in good company. Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Paul McCartney have all struggled to keep sales going on new records after the first couple of weeks. But the “Caution” story is worse than all of those.

According to hitsdailydouble, “Caution” sold about evenly 2,600 copies CD/downloads, and 2,600 from streaming.

It’s not like Mariah didn’t work it. She did the TV shows, made appearances, etc. But even she knows by now that her bread and butter is touring and live performance. Record sales for legacy artists are simply nil.

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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