Monday, April 15, 2024

Top 3 Albums on iTunes Not From Grammy Performances But from “CBS Sunday Morning” Segments


The top three albums on iTunes today are not by Grammy artists, spurred by last night’s performances.

No, they’re by artists who were featured on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday and have nothing to do with the Grammys.

Number 1 and Number 2 are by a British artist named Michael Kiwanuka. The albums are respectively five and two years old.

Number 3 is by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, a 73 year old bluesman unknown to everyone except his friends. Holmes was nominated for Best Traditional Blues album but lost to Bobby Rush in the same category as my old friend, Don Bryant.

Despite neither of these men not being on the Grammys last night, they are currently outselling everyone who was. They are even outselling Nick Jonas, who released his “Spaceman” album today which has only gotten as high as number 12.

Kiwanuka is also number one on Amazon, and number 14, where he’s also fending off a slew of current releases by known pop stars. Holmes’s records are at the moment marked Unavailable on amazon, perhaps because there was no stock when CBS Sunday morning.

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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