Sunday, April 21, 2024

Global Citizen Concert: No Sales Bump for Queen, Carole King, Acts that Played on Bill Thanks to Low, Low Ratings


Carole King really put her all into the Global Citizen concert last week on MSNBC. She performed all her big hits, she was lively and fun, and so on.

For all that work, Carole sold 772 albums. Including streaming, she was all the way up to 2,100 equivalents.

Carole wasn’t the headliner. Queen was, with Adam Lambert, in a karaoke show that must have made Freddie Mercury spin in his grave. Brian May actually looks like Father Time. Anyway, Queen got no benefit from rocking on MSNBC. They sold 4,300 albums, with a total including streaming of singles and so on of 21,300.

Performances on Global Citizen did not translate into any kind of sales. But then again, who was watching? Not a lot of people. At its height, at 9pm, the concert had fewer than 1 million eyeballs.

I suppose the upside of Global Citizen, a 501 c 3 with high salaries for its execs and no money given to the poor, hungry, or homeless, is exposure. As they say, it got their names out there.  And instead of putting food in people’s mouths, the show paid their expenses.

Is this the real life? It’s really just fantasy.

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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