Monday, April 15, 2024

Lady Gaga’s Chart Onslaught Colored by a Surprise Release of Britney Spears’s 4 Year Old Track, “Mood Ring”


Lady Gaga’s mood ring has to be colored a little muddled right now.

She’s got a major album release with “Chromatica.” On Thursday she had the number 1 and 2 singles before the album dropped and also hit number 1.

But on iTunes the number 1 single today is not by Lady Gaga. It’s from Britney Spears, of all people. “Mood Ring” is a four year old track that was only available on the Japanese version of her 2016 album called “Glory.” Her fans always wanted it released or included on the US version of “Glory,” but it didn’t happen.

With no new Britney records coming, RCA decided to give “Mood Ring” a spin. And it worked. Britney’s fans pushed it to number 1, and “Glory” to number 40 on the album chart.

The week of May 1st, “Glory”– which has a new “cover” for its digital version — sold just over 1,000 copies after doing nothing for years. The following week, it sold around 600 copies. Last week, it sold 304. Numbers are from Buzz Angle.

“Mood Ring,” written by DJ Mustard, is actually very catchy. We could do worse. I doubt it will run at number 1 very long, but it’s nice for Britney, who’s kind over the hill at this point. Maybe this will give her the confidence to make a new record.

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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