Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Celine Dion “Courage” Album Plunges 95% in Second Week, Falls Off Chart After Number 1 Debut


It was here, and now it’s gone.

A week ago Friday, Celine Dion topped the album sales chart with her comeback collection called “Courage.” She sold around 116,000 copies, most of them CDs and paid downloads. There was no sign of her streaming or being played on the radio. The RIAA and other groups counted sales of the album as part of a ticket bundle for her concerts.

This past week, Week 2, “Courage” vanished from the charts. Sales plunged 95% as the ticket bundles were counted. “Courage” sold around 3,400 copies. With streaming of the album or its tracks, and Buzz Angle Music had it up to around 5,600 copies.

The good news is that is listing the Celine CD at number 27.

This is what happens when album sales are bundled with ticket sales. You get a one week publicity hit, and then it’s gone. I guess it took Courage for Celine’s team to do it, but her audience is simply not buying new music from her. They want to hear “My Heart Will Go On.” I’d like to hear “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” just once, and not again.

C’est la vie! At Caesar’s Palace, Celine will go on. And keep making a fortune.

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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