Sunday, April 21, 2024

iTunes Chart Manipulation Continues for Mediocre Old Albums by Divas: Madonna’s “American Life” is Next


Mariah Carey’s “E=MC2” is fading back into obscurity after its four day run up the iTunes charts. Number nothing on Sunday, number 1 on Monday, number 18 tonight on iTunes. Where will it be tomorrow? Falling, falling, falling.

Meanwhile, now that the fan bases for 80s divas have figured out how to game iTunes, the competition is fierce. Madonna’s “Bedtime Stories” from 1994 is number 1 tonight, no number to back it up. Just a faked surge in sales. Even better, Madonna’s really dreadful “American Life” is suddenly number 14! From Friday to Tuesday night it sold 4 copies. FOUR. Someone went out of their way today to throw a few bucks at it. The numbers will be in tomorrow.

These aren’t beloved albums that sold well in the first place. They were terrible and were not big hits. They are obscure. Maybe that’s what makes the game interesting to the players, like the 17 year old kid Rolling Stone found in Connecticut.

The Michael Jackson fans have launched their own campaign to make “Invincible” a hit. So far there’s no sign of it. But by the morning, who knows?

iTunes has said nothing so far. But these are scams, and they reveal iTunes’ security issues. If someone thought it through, the next thing would be gambling on an album’s chart position. Now that would be interesting.

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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