Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Pop: Zayn’s “Better” Couldn’t Have Done Worse Over the Weekend as One Direction Fans Ignore His New Single


It wasn’t a good weekend for Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction.

His latest single, “Better,” couldn’t have done worse.

On Friday and Saturday, “Better” sold just 1,700 downloads. It’s currently number 61 on iTunes.

With streaming, “Better” sold an equivalent of about 15,000 copies. Luckily, “records” nowadays are just in the air, they’re digital, no one had to pay for the manufacturing and shipping of a physical single. Otherwise, Zayn would have been out of business.

I guess One Direction royalties are big enough to keep Zayn going, especially since he’s a new dad. Because “Better” is costing him money.

We’ll keep an eye on it at the end of the week.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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