Monday, June 17, 2024

Nick Jonas’s “Spaceman” Album, Deprived of Oxygen Like Major Tom, Dead After Selling Only 15K Albums in 2 Weeks


Does anyone know what happened? Can you hear me, Major Tom?

Nick Jonas’s “Spaceman” album is now completely dead. This failure to launch is very unusual for a big pop star. But “Spaceman” is not even falling back to Earth. It’s floating in the outer reaches of our galaxy, adrift, deprived of oxygen.

Sales for two weeks come to just 14,800 in CDs and downloads. With streaming, the album has sold 33,700 copies according to Buzz Angle. It’s gone from any chart.

You can’t live a big celebrity life style on sales of 14,800. So the question is, what did happen? “Spaceman” was no better or worse than any previous Jonas album. Granted, there was no breakout single like Joe Jonas’s “Cake by the Ocean.” But there were plenty of tracks for Adult Contemporary radio, and pop. Nick is a good pitchman. He gave it a go on “SNL.”

But that’s it. The party is over. I guess Nick goes back to work on a Jonas Brothers album and writes this off. Very unusual for Universal Music Group, which otherwise commands the charts. But this release didn’t even get a chance.

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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