Monday, April 22, 2024

UPDATE: One Direction’s Zayn Malik Sees New Solo Album Falls Off iTunes Chart After 10 Days, Total Sales Disaster with 2,000 Sold


MONDAY AFTERNOON 12/24: Icarus fell right off the top 200 iTunes chart today. Gone.

EARLIER: It’s been a bad week for Zayn Malik, and I can only wonder what he’s thinking.

The One Direction star’s second album was released one week ago. Today it’s at number 171 on the iTunes chart. With 27 tracks, and two years of work, “Icarus Falls” is basically dead on arrival.

No one bought it, not one One Direction fan, not one Zayn fan. Total sales are fewer than 2,000, with a second total of 5,500 that includes streaming of individual tracks. A physical CD may have been released today– who knows?

Of course, six of the tracks had already been released as singles. Three more were pushed out haphazardly with the album’s release. They ALL died.

Zayn fans keep reposting something called an iTunes World Wide Chart, claiming “Icarus Falls” is number 1. I don’t know where they’re getting this from. There is no such chart. “Icarus Falls” is a bust in every country.

The album had no marketing or pre-sale, no build up. Zayn did nothing to promote it. His label, RCA, undoubtedly heard no singles, and just let Zayn put it out without fighting him. And now it’s dead.

What a week! What a shame.

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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