Saturday, June 15, 2024

UPDATE: 17 Year Old Billie Elish Debut Album Enters Charts at Number 1 with Second Highest Sales of Year So Far


Billie Eilish– does she have a high school degree? Well, at 17, she’s learned the truth. Her debut album has debuted at number 1 on the charts this week.

“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” sold 307,000 copies this week, the second highest first week sales of 2019 after Ariana Grande’s “Thank You, Next.” More than half of Eilish’s sales were CDs and downloads, too.  If you’ve got a tween in the house, you’ve probably heard Eilish’s little girl voice bleeding out a kid’s earbuds.

Eilish also sold 26,000 copies (including streaming) of her debut EP, so she has two albums on the charts.

Nipsey Hussle, who was killed last week, sold 63,525 copies his album, “Victory Lap.” Three quarters of those sales came from streaming.

The number 1 streaming hit is “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas with Billy Ray Cyrus, whose daughter is a famous singer. “Old Town Road” was booted from the Billboard country chart because Lil Nas is black and not part of the country Establishment. He added Cyrus and re-released the record, so maybe now it will chart. It’s a pretty good record. Country music has forgotten Charley Pride. “Old Town Road” is a country song, not a rap song. Wait til the fight at the Grammy committee this fall. That should be fun! (Not!)


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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