Monday, April 15, 2024

Tribute to Kenny Rogers: Country Great’s Record Sales Soar as “The Gambler” and “Islands in the Stream” Take Over iTunes Charts


What a nice tribute to Kenny Rogers, who passed away this weekend at age 81.

The country great’s record sales are soaring. His hits are all over the iTunes and Amazon charts. “The Gambler” is currently number 1 and “Islands in the Stream,” his famed duet with Dolly Parton (and written by Barry Gibb) is number 2.

“Lady,” written by Lionel Richie, is number 5. Fourteen– 14!– more tracks take up the top 100 for a total of 17. He has a fifth of the singles chart.

Rogers also has seven albums on the iTunes album charts including a greatest hits package at number 1. It’s the same on the country music charts.

On Amazon, many of the physical albums are completely sold out. And they won’t be replenished any time soon since Jeff Bezos said the company is only accepting shipments from vendors of medical supplies and other necessary items. CDs and vinyl aren’t going to the warehouses.

Here’s my favorite:


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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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