Saturday, May 18, 2024

Crash! Madonna’s “Madame X” Album Drops Record 95% in Sales from First Week Without Ticket Bundling


The party is over for Madonna’s “Madame X” album.

Last week “Madame X” debuted at number 1, beating Bruce Springsteen’s “Western Stars.” I told you that Bruce was really number 1, that Madonna’s numbers were inflated by 30,000 copies bundled with tickets to her fall tour. The RIAA counts these sales.

But in Week 2, the truth is out. “Madame X” dropped a record 95%– NINETY FIVE PERCENT. It sold just 3,600 copies, a total of 5,900 including streaming of the album and singles. Madonna’s had huge drops in the past because of this ticket bundling scheme, but this is her biggest ever.

Meanwhile, Springsteen sold 9,500 copies of “Western Stars” this week, a total of 11,200 including streaming. If “Western Stars” doesn’t win the Grammy for Album of the Year next January, it will be a very disappointing time in music.

This week’s number 1 album will be a toss up between Jack White’s Raconteurs and Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” EP called “7.” The single, “Old Town Road,” with Billy Ray Cyrus, is certainly the song of the year, still at number 1 and going strong.

Numbers are from Buzz Angle.

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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