Thursday, May 30, 2024

Paul McCartney and Eminem Battle It Out for 2nd Place This Week, Which is Good for Paul and Bad for Marshall Mathers


On this last day of the sales week in the music biz, Paul McCartney and Eminem are battling it for second place on the charts.

So far, Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” looks like it will handily win the top spot again.

But the 2nd place finish is so far a neck and neck race between the famed Beatle and the notorious rapper. “McCartney III” and “Music to Murdered By Side B” are very close in sales through Tuesday. McCartney has the lead by about a thousand units, according to Buzz Angle Music.

This is good news for Sir Paul and bad news for Em aka Marshall Mathers. “McCartney III” sales of 61,000 are almost all paid downloads and CDs and vinyl, with very little streaming. Those are pure sales.

The bulk of Em’s sales are via streaming. That could be streaming of singles as well as albums. And with just 27,800 of his total 70,000 being downloads, Mathers is well behind McCartney’s number.

For McCartney, those aren’t Beatle-sized numbers but they’re very good considering he’s a legacy artist. Also, helped him by lowering the price of his download to $3.99 to give him a boost.

For Eminem, however, this lack of interest in “Murder Side B” is fairly alarming. The first “Music to Be Murdered By” album, released almost a year ago, sold a total of 281K copies in its first week, with pure sales of about 113,000.

So still a day left for McCartney fans to push “McCartney III” comfortably into number 2.


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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