Friday, May 24, 2024

Madonna’s “Madame X” Falls Apart After 4 Days: Drops to Number 10 on iTunes USA, Beaten by Bruce Springsteen in Most Countries


The 1980s chart square off of Madonna vs. Bruce Springsteen has taken a unique turn after just four days.

Madonna’s “Madame X” album is falling apart. After hitting number 1 on iTunes out of the gate, the “weird” album (not my words) has dropped to number 10. It’s the same thing on amazon, and on  most iTunes charts. In Japan, it’s number 25.

Springsteen’s “Western Stars” is not only number 1 on iTunes and amazon, but it’s a hit around the world, too. Most countries list it at at number 1. Bruce hasn’t had such a clear hit in a long time.

Today, Tuesday, a clearer picture of the numbers involved will emerge later in the day. For Bruce, it’s all good news. But for Madonna, it could be troubling since she’s going to hunker down and tour this album starting in September. If the songs on the album aren’t in much demand, Madonna should realize now that fans will want to hear her hits, not “1, 2, cha cha cha,” as she sings on “Medellin,” her senior citizen shuffle board song.

For Bruce, I’d be surprised if he didn’t do some shows at least to promote “Western Stars” this fall. It’s got to be tempting for him. He’s a Wayfarer, baby. He likes to be on the road.


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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