Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Despite Scandal: Country Singer Morgan Wallen Has 20 Singles in the iTunes Top 100, Album Sales Rose 16% This Week


Country singer Morgan Wallen may have really shown us a referendum on stupidity and ignorance.

After being exposed by TMZ in a video using the “N word,” Wallen saw sales of his music rise dramatically. To his fans, it was just a tempest in a teapot.

Wallen has 20 of the top 100 singles on the iTunes charts. A fifth of the chart!

“Dangerous: The Double Album” rose 16% according to hitsdailydouble.com. The album sold 152,596, with the bulk of that — 120,493 — in streaming.

Wallen’s “If I Know Me” rose 34%, selling 21,868 copies, again most of it streaming.

The streaming part is important because it’s easy and cheap, part of a subscription, doesn’t require much effort and can be done over and over.

Wallen’s fans not only didn’t care about the N word controversy, they seem to have applauded it.

Morgan’s all white record company, Big Loud, said they “suspended” him, whatever that means. They certainly accepted the money from those sales this week.

Roger Friedman
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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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