Saturday, April 20, 2024

REM’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” Has Sold Six Thousand Copies This Year, Half of Them This Week!


REM, one of my all time favorite groups, released “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” on September 1, 1987. That was right before the 1987 stock market crash, so it was prescient.

Now the single is back 33 years later. It’s number 24 on iTunes. And guess why?

Altogether in 2020, “It’s the End of the World” has sold around 6,300 copies via streaming. Just less than half of them have been sold since Friday. The sales week ends officially Thursday at midnight.

I’m surprised more songs with this theme haven’t caught on again. If you’re looking for a good one, here’s Skeeter Davis from 1962:

And REM:

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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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