Friday, April 12, 2024

Mariah Carey’s Very Good, Very Bad 2 Weeks with Book, CD Shows How Short the News Cycle Is


Wasn’t it just yesterday that Mariah Carey was everywhere? Yes, it was.

The singer released her memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” on September 29th. That was two weeks ago. It was followed by her “Rarities” album. There was a flurry of activity. Last Thursday, “The Meaning” debuted on the New York Times best seller list for non fiction (when some argued it should be fiction) at number 1.

And today? The book is at number 8 on the New York Times list. On Amazon, it’s dropped to number 91, having never gotten to number 1. “The Meaning” is almost out of the top 100.

The good news is, you can get 3 copies for the price of 2 on amazon. (I’ve never seen that before for a book, just Lysol.) It’s a perfect stocking stuffer.

The album? Sold 15,000 copies on CD and download. Streaming of all the tracks, etc gives it a total of 25,000. But 15,000 people plunked down money to hear it. Which is too bad, because it has some nice stuff on it.

Anyway. It’s frustrating. This is how short the news cycle is. Also, this was the fan base for all this stuff. I get so much hate mail about Mariah. But then these fans don’t show up to support their idol. Perplexing.

At least Andy Cohen Books can trumpet “Number 1 New York Times Best Seller,” so that’s some consolation.


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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