Thursday, May 23, 2024

Mariah Carey’s “Save the Day” with a Fugees Sample of Roberta Flack Cover Fails to Fly with Few Downloads in First 8 Days


Mariah Carey’s fans get angry with me if I report anything negative about her music sales.

But where are they when the star needs them? No place, it seems.

Eight days ago Mariah released “Save the Day” from her forthcoming “Rarities” album. The single features a sample of Lauryn Hill’s voice from the Fugees’ 1995 cover of Robert Flack’s 1974 hit “Killing Me Softly With His Song.”

They billed it as “featuring Lauryn Hill” which wasn’t true. It was just a sample, and Ms. Hill may never have known about it.

Anyway, the single has sold 6,100 copies as a download since its release. If you count in streaming, the total is 15,000. That amount wouldn’t generate enough income to pay for Ms. Carey’s eyelashes.  And who knows what they paid for that sample from the Fugees? I hope Wyclef Jean didn’t give it away. It was a cover of Roberta in the first place.

“Rarities” comes October 2nd, and I hope the “lambs” are more supportive. Mariah’s also got a book coming out, which I also hope someone fact checked.

PS So far this week– meaning Friday and Saturday– “Save the Day” has 125 downloads.

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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