Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Charts: Joni Mitchell is Number 1 with 1971 “Blue” and Number 6 with “Blue” Outtakes EP


Joni Mitchell remains at number 1 on iTunes with her 1971 album, “Blue.” And at number 6, the outtakes from “Blue” called “Blue 50.”

The 50 year old album tops newcomer Olivia Rodridgo with her “Sour” album and HER Music with her first actual album.

There’s a lot of irony there. Without Joni, Olivia and Gabi Wilson aka HER, wouldn’t exist.

The “Blue 50” has a song that fell through the cracks, called “Hunter,” which is fast becoming a new favorite. Here’s Joni performing it in 1970. She pulled it off “Blue” to make room for other songs because LPs could only have 20 minutes of material on each side. Now, of course, albums can be as long as you like digitally. Oh, for those innocent days!

PS The picture is c2021 Showbiz411 by me, with Roberta Flack, at Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy dinner in 2019. Joni’s actual first name is Roberta, too. Roberta Joan Anderson.

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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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