Saturday, May 18, 2024

For Harry Styles, “Lights Up” was a Dim Prospect as Opening Single for New Project, Coming in 3rd This Week


Harry Styles released “Lights Out” last week, mid week, with no warning or marketing. The result was a few sales counted before the week ended. But it did go to Number 1 for a minute.

A week later, “Lights Out” has been a dim prospect for Harry, who will release a new album soon. The single is at 23 on the iTunes chart. With sales (including streaming) at 80,000, “Lights Up” will finish third for the week. Its actual sales: 13,000 paid downloads this week, a total of 17,000 counting last week. I liked “Lights Up.” Maybe the next one will do better. But remember– Harry’s singles from his first album were not earthshaking sellers.

The singles chart is a strange place in this generation. Artists drop songs, they go to number 1 for 2 days, then drift away. Few singles stick around for months, making a lasting impression, Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” just passed its 13th month  birthday in the top 5. Now that’s a hit! Another Lizzo track, “Good as Hell,” debuted on March 8, 2016– three and  half years ago! It’s number 6 right now.

Katy Perry dropped a new track on Tuesday night called “Harleys in Hawaii.” There’s also a video. I don’t get it. These are just pedestrian songs. She can — and has done– so much better.

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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