Monday, May 27, 2024

Celine Dion’s New Album is Number 1 with an Asterisk: Bundled with Concert Tickets for a One Week Shot, No Streaming


Celine Dion sold about 120,000 albums last week and hit number 1 on Friday.

But none of the sales included streaming. It looks like pure album sales and CD downloads. It looks like that, but really it’s not.

Most of Dion’s sales came from ticket bundling. She’s on tour soon, and every ticket sold comes with a CD or download. So Celine, whose album, “Courage,” does not appear anywhere on the iTunes top 100, has a one week hit. When sales are counted this Friday, “Courage” will have dropped significantly.

There’s nothing new about ticket bundling. Plenty of legacy artists do it, and the RIAA and all the charts people count the sales as part of the ticket price. But one could argue it’s not exactly kosher in terms of the other artists on the charts who actually sold CDs, downloads or streams independently.

Celine has her fans, and they will enjoy seeing her live, pounding her chest (her signature move) and singing “My Heart Will Go On” with bombast and strings. Mazel tov. It’s all coming back to her now.

Way way way at the other end of the music world, King Princess, the young person who sang on “SNL” this weekend, pushed her/their/its EP to number 87 on iTunes. That’s not a big jump but it’s something considering no one had heard that name before Saturday night.

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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