Monday, June 17, 2024

Pop And Fizzle: Madonna’s Fans Didn’t Show Up For “Medellin,” Total Sales Came to 16,000 Including Streaming


Madonna’s fans send me nasty tweets, claiming that I’m bashing the Queen of Pop for no sales on her new single, “Medellin.”

This morning, BuzzAngle reports that “Medellin” has 16,000 copies including all streaming since its release one week ago, last Wednesday.

The fact is, Madonna’s fans– while they love her– did not show up for “Medellin.” Unfortunately, most former pop divas– including Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez– are in the same boat. Their fans adore them but are not interested in paying for new music. The fans want to hear the hits and that’s that.

Mariah Carey, for example, according to Buzz Angle, sold just 66,000 copies of her album, “Caution,” since last November, with 30,000 more in sales from streaming. And that’s a lot these days. But it’s a far cry from her sales of 4 million for albums from the 90s.

Alas, it’s a new generation, kids. We are in the world of Beyonce, Pink, Ariana Grande, Kacey Mugraves, and so on. And it’s not easy for them, either. Concert tours are where the money is. When Madonna hits the road as Madame X, she’ll sell out arenas. But it won’t be songs from “Madame X” that will fuel those audiences. It will be “Ray of Light” and “Like a Virgin.”

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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