Friday, April 19, 2024

Mariah Carey Sales Mystery Ending as Fan Frenzy to Drive Album Up Chart with Discount Purchases Subsides


Mariah Carey’s fans are no Einsteins, that’s for sure.

Their effort to push a twelve year old album to the top of the iTunes charts is subsiding today. “E=MC2” has dropped from number 1 to number 3. The party is over.

Yesterday, they — or someone — actually bought around 500 downloads worth of that album but it wasn’t enough to keep it at number 1. By tomorrow the 2008 recording should be on its way back to oblivion. The total through Monday night is 1,200 downloads. Someone spent $120,000 to make that happen. That’s Mariah’s budget for a week of nail maintenance.

If it was the fans– and they tell me on Twitter it’s them — I don’t get it. Why waste the money? Mariah Carey is loaded beyond your dreams. She’s not sending you the money. For 9.9 out of 10 fans, I think you’d gasp if you could see the way she– or any top stars– live day to day. It’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

When the chart week is over and it’s all counted up on Friday, “E=MC2” will not show up in the top 20 or maybe 30. The whole fraud will have been for naught. Congrats.



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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