Sunday, May 19, 2024

Mariah Carey Fans Fail in 2nd Effort to Fake an Album to the Top of iTunes, Madonna’s “Bedtime Stories” Snooze


Mariah Carey’s “Charmbracelet,” from 2002, made a short run on the iTunes chart. But Carey’s lamb family turned sheepish and couldn’t get the old recording up to number 1.

“Charmbracelet” is at number 14 now and falling.

Last Monday, week ago today, Carey’s “E=MC2” was pushed to number 1 for a day on iTunes. Today, it’s not even in the top 200 chart. That party is over.

At the same time, Madonna’s “Bedtime Stories,” not a great album,” was propelled to number 1 by her fans. It’s at 62 today and spiraling down.

Fans of all legacy artists are finding it’s hard to manipulate the iTunes chart, even if the album they’re focused on is deep discounted. When you need rent money and food and everyone’s out of work, spending $4.99 over and over on a multi-millionaire’s old music isn’t really worth it.

Still, the devotion to these stars, while perplexing to outsiders, is admirable– as long as you don’t go broke, because Mariah and Madonna aren’t going to pay fans’ bills.

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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