Thursday, May 30, 2024

Madonna’s Pyrrhic Victory Over Bruce Springsteen: She’ll Be Number 1 with An Asterisk Thanks to Ticket Bundling


“Madame X” will be number 1 for the week just ended thanks to ticket bundling.

Madonna’s new album is really not the top of the charts. Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars” was number 1 all week on amazon and iTunes, and clearly deserves the top spot.

But “Madame X” technically outsold “Western Stars” by around 25,000 copies thanks to inclusion with her concert tickets. Very Trumpian, I’d say.

Next week, “Madame X” will have dropped like a rock and everyone will wonder Why? Oh, we know.

Already with new releases today, “Western Stars” has dropped to 10, but “Madame X” is 27. So that gives you an idea.

Congrats to Bruce, who’s on his way to multiple Grammy nominations (we hope, you never know). His whole catalog is selling like hotcakes, too.

What is a Pyrrhic victory? It’s one that isn’t, it inflicts so much damage on the winner that it’s not worth it.

PS Bruce fans I hope you’re listening to Little Steven’s “Summer of Sorcery” and Nils Lofgren’s “Blue with Lou.” It’s a great summer for E Streeters!

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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