Sunday, May 19, 2024

Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” Holds the Number 1 Spot for 2nd Week, But Falls 76% in Sales


The top 50 chart ending Thursday was pretty sad. Not much is selling, even through streaming.

Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” took the number 1 spot for the second week in a row, but sales fell 76%. The total in week 1 was 275,000. The 2nd week was 65,000. Actual CDs and downloads came to just 25,000. This means the second wave of buyers didn’t care if they owned the music.

Run the Jewels “RTJ4” is now up to 63,000 total after 10 days. The total sales this past week were just 25,000 including streaming and iTunes. RTJ gave away a lot of free downloads on their website. They don’t count with the RIAA.

Otherwise, this past week was a snore. The biz needs a surprise. Bob Dylan comes this Friday. That means we’re counting on a release from a 79 year old. Not a good situation.

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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