Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Pop Charts: Hozier’s Sophomore Effort, “Wasteland, Baby!” Falls 90% in Second Week, “Star is Born” Keeps Going


The pop charts aren’t that lively this week. Unless there’s a surprise release coming, it’s going to stay pretty quiet for a while.

The sophomore effort of Hozier, the Irish sorta soula singer, went belly up in its second. “Wasteland, Baby” fell 90% in sales from its number 1 entry last week. I saw this guy at “Love Rocks.” His old hit, “Take Me to Church,” was a great single. But he has no hits on the new album. I don’t know what he’s singing about. Nina? Power? What?

The soundtrack CD to “A Star is Born” is still in the top 5. Amazing. Plus the half dozen singles are still selling. Crazy. Lady Gaga tweeted this week that if she’s pregnant, it’s with her sixth solo album. That will be a blockbuster. And she still has the unreleased second Tony Bennett album.

There are a lot of new albums out there by legacy artists. Only no one knows about them. I’m going to do a round up soon. If you’re a publicist who has one of these, send me a note at showbiz411@gmail.com

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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