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UPDATE: Madonna’s Comeback Fizzles as “Medellin” Drops off iTunes Chart After 5 Days, Gets No Streaming Love on Spotify

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MONDAY, 1:50PM: “Medellin” has dropped off the iTunes top 100 after five days.

UPDATE SUNDAY NIGHT: “Medellin” has dropped to number 87 on iTunes top 100. It could be off the chart completely by tomorrow.

Original story: April 19th, 10am: Madonna had a big build up for “Medellin” single this past Wednesday. She premiered it at noon with Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 Radio like it was the second coming.

The song turned out to be a snooze, written and sung with Colombian Reggaeton star Maluma.

But 1, 2, cha cha cha, “Medellin” failed to catch on. It rose to number 9 on iTunes briefly. and now sits at number 24 32 now number 43 as of 9:45pm Saturday.

On Spotify, “Medellin” has yet to chart on any of the US charts. It’s parked at around number 3o on streaming chart from Colombia.

“Medellin” was supposed to the big lead in for Madonna’s “Madame X” album coming on June 14th. The lack of interest in “Medellin” should be worrying.

Madonna’s last several albums of new songs were all flops. She gave some of them away with concert tickets to inflate sales figures. I have to say, I was surprised “Medellin” was so bad. It was as if she was trying to do Camilla Cabello with “Havana” but wound up on a cruise playing shuffleboard. “Medellin” has no life to it. I can’t imagine that she thought young people were going to be singing along to “1 , 2, cha cha cha.” If she’s smart, she’ll get an upbeat remix out right away.

Meantime, Beyonce’s “Homecoming” album, released the same day, has sold or streamed a total of 43,000 copies in 48 hours.

Roger Friedman
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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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